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EKU Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources

EKU Libraries is here to help!

Updated EKU Masking Guidelines - May 2021

Wearing facial coverings on our campus will directly follow the CDC recommendations as adopted by Governor Beshear. Everyone who is fully vaccinated may choose to forego masks and social distancing indoors and outside, effective immediately.  Wearing masks can still be observed by fully vaccinated people who feel safer with an added layer of protection. Please see executive order 2021-326 for the full details of when facial coverings are required.


If you are not fully vaccinated, you are expected to wear a mask in all indoor venues and outdoors when you cannot observe proper social distancing. Those who are immune-compromised should follow the guidance of their physicians. We will always act to protect members of our community. Colonels watching out for each other is one of the central tenets of our plan. We must stay vigilant and continue to adhere to healthy practices as we move into the subsequent phases of our return to a more normal campus experience.


As a reminder, you are fully vaccinated 2-weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 2-weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


We must rely on each other to adhere to the guidelines based on our individual vaccination status and accept those who choose to either wear or not wear a facial covering. You have demonstrated over the past year Colonels care about each other, and we must continue to do that now.


Model Laboratory Schools and Burrier Child Development Center
The CDC guidelines for masking address citizens who are 16 years old and older. As vaccines receive approval for use by younger individuals, we will update our guidelines. Model and Burrier Child Development Center leaders are awaiting guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Department of Public Health. They will release information to students, teachers, and parents soon.


Summer 2021

  • The John Grant Crabbe Main Library building  will have adjusted hours for the summer 2021 semester. Please visit our library hours for details.
  • Visitors to the Crabbe Main Library  are limited to just EKU students, faculty and staff.
  • EKU patrons will need to scan their official EKU ID -- their Colonel Card -- when entering the Main Library.

Virtual Services

  • Librarians are available to help through our online help service.
  • Live chat reference help is available Monday through Thursday 8 am - 4:30 pm pm EST.  If we are not online please email us your question and we will respond within 24 hours, excepting weekends, holidays and University closures.
  • Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available to help. Start by sending us an email. 
  • Virtual research appointments are available through the summer. Both in-person and virtual appointments will be available in the fall!

Borrowing Print and Physical Materials from Our Collection

Library Spaces, Reserving Rooms and Group Meetings

  • EKU patrons will need to scan their official EKU ID -- their Colonel Card -- when entering the Crabbe Main Library.
  • Furniture in shared spaces has been rearranged to discourage large group congregations.
  • Spaces have been modified to provide barriers, additional spacing, and follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Unmediated room reservations for spaces in the Crabbe Main Library are unavailable through the summer, but will resume for fall 2021
  • The Crabbe Main Library has 10 study rooms on the first floor (basement level) that are limited to one-person occupancy. These are available on a first come, first serve basis and are not reservable.Masks must be worn at all times while in the study rooms.

Does the Library have Space where I can Zoom?

The Crabbe Main Library has 10 study rooms on the first floor (basement level) that have a one-person occupancy and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Visitors are limited to just EKU students, faculty and staff. Only the main entrance (Little Entrance) is open.
  • EKU patrons will need to scan their official EKU ID -- their Colonel Card -- when entering the library building.

Physical Materials

Due to the risks of sharing physical items without a quarantine period for them, the library has made the difficult decision to suspend the circulation of certain physical items that have been available in past semesters.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may pose, but the following items are not available:

  • Anatomy Models
  • Cables/Cords: HDMI, VGA, Dongle, etc.
  • Craft Bags: bags include an assortment of colored pencils, crayons, markers, and glue sticks
  • Computer Mice
  • Expo Markers and Whiteboard Erasers
  • Hammocks
  • Headphones (with and without attached microphones)
  • iPads
  • MacBook Chargers
  • Nexus 10 Tablets
  • PowerPoint Clicker
  • Scissors
  • Thumb Drives 


Online Collections

There are a plethora of resources available online for your research.  Browse the complete list of online resources by subject or resource type.

Returning Books

If you are local and currently have physical items from EKU Libraries or Library Express that are past due, please return those items as soon as you can using either of our drop box locations. One is located outside the library's main entrance to the right of the doors. The other is on University Drive to the left near the Ravine. (This FAQ has photos showing where the book drops are located.)

Books will not be processed for at least 4 days after their return based on current best known practices related to the COVID-19 virus.


If you would like to return books by mail, the address is:

EKU Libraries

103 Libraries Complex

521 Lancaster Avenue

Richmond, KY 40475

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