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Please see this Guide to Modified Services for Spring 2021

Berntsen Library - Guide to Modified Services

For Students, Faculty, & Staff


The Berntsen Library is open for Spring 2021 with a few modified services. Please continue reading for more specifics about changes.  And remember that the library continues to serve the Northwestern community with a full array of online resources and services.


Changes to the Library's Spaces

To help minimize COVID transmission, we've made the following changes to our spaces.

  • Seating has been appropriately distanced. 
  • Plexiglass shields have been added at the Circulation and Reference desks.
  • Cleaning supply stations (disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, facial tissues) have been added throughout the building to help safeguard our community.
  • Study rooms and restrooms have a 2 person max occupancy.


Additional Library Policies 

To help ensure the library and its resources remain available and safe to use this fall, we ask the following of you.

  • Remain at least 6 feet from other patrons and staff.
  • Wear a face covering.
    • You may eat and drink at the library (except in the lower level classrooms). Please wear your face covering until ready to eat and replace it afterwards. Please dispose of trash responsibly. 
  • Wipe surfaces before use.
  • Leave furniture as it is arranged for proper distancing. 
  • Sanitize or wash your hands before and after handling library materials and technology.


Requesting from Other Libraries

  • Requesting materials using CLICsearch or Interlibrary Loan is available.  Please be aware that because some libraries are still experiencing limited staff and services, some items may not be available. Also, items may take longer to arrive than normal. Please contact with questions.


Research Services

  • Over the summer, the library added chat widgets to our web pages. This is an easy way to begin chatting with a UNW librarian when you need reference help.  
  • Other ways to access UNW reference librarians during reference service hours are texting (also newly added this summer), email, phone, or in-person. You may also schedule a reference appointment to ensure availability. 
  • After hours, reference help is available through the library’s online chat cooperative with AskMN. 


Library Instructional Services

  • Librarians offer research instruction tailored to the needs of your class both in-person and online via Zoom. You may request a library instruction session for a whole or partial class period. Course-specific library instruction is especially important if you require students to conduct research for an assignment such as a paper, presentation, or project.
  • To schedule library research instruction for your class, please begin your inquiry with your department’s library liaison.
  • One way to direct your students to helpful information is to link to online Library Guides in your Moodle course. These guides provide links to course-specific resources, additional course materials, and/or instructional information.  They can be linked directly to your Moodle course site. If you would like a guide created for your course, please be in touch with your liaison
  • For Copyright and Fair Use information, please see the Copyright Information pages in Confluence.
  • If you have print materials on course reserve that need selections digitized for virtual teaching, please contact Becky Schleicher, Access Services Supervisor: Include a copy of the course syllabus with your detailed request.  Becky will work with you on a case-by-case basis to provide the selections you need to make accessible through your Moodle course site.