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EKU Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Virtual Services

Changes to Operations

  • Beginning Monday, May 11 the John Grant Crabbe Main Library building will be open 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday excepting official University holidays. We will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday in accordance with the revised EKU Summer Schedule. Please visit our library hours for a full listing of closings.
  • Branches are closed during this time.
  • Visitors are limited to current EKU students, faculty and staff. Only the main entrance (Little Entrance) will be open.
  • All persons in the library building must wear a mask.
  • We ask that people not congregate together and wipe down surfaces they used when they leave.


Materials & Collections

  • There are a plethora of resources available online for your research.  Browse the complete list of online resources by subject or resource type.
  • We will not be borrowing or lending any physical items during this time.
  • If you are local or making a trip to Richmond for another reason, you can return library books now by dropping them off at one of the two book drops. Book drops are located on the porch of the main entrance and University Drive in front of the ravine (corner of the Library and Keen Johnson). Books will not be processed for at least 48 hours after their return based on current best known practices related to the COVID-19 virus. (This FAQ has photos showing where the book drops are located.)
  • But please don't make a trip to Richmond solely to return any library books. You are welcome to mail books to return them, but please remember that as long as the books are returned when we all eventually return to campus in the fall, there will be no late or overdue fees for library books.
    • If you would like to return library books via mail, the address is:

EKU Libraries

103 Libraries Complex

521 Lancaster Avenue

Richmond, KY  40475

  • If you won't be returning to the EKU campus in the fall, would like to renew your books over the phone, have a library laptop, or have any other questions, please call us at 859-622-1790.


Library Express and Interlibrary Loan

  • Library Express, our Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery service, will limit services to digital items only. We will not borrow or lend out physical items.
  • If you currently have physical items from Library Express, we ask that you hold onto those items. Please ignore any overdue messages during this time.  If requested, we’ll try to renew what we can of the items on your account that are close to and/or allow a renewal.
  • Please contact Library Express at if you have any specific questions.