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EKU Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources

This page contains all relevant information related to EKU Libraries current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to virtual services, and other helpful links.


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Last updated August 6, 2020


Changes to Operations

  • The John Grant Crabbe Main Library building is 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.
  • The Music Library and Business Library branches are closed through Fall 2020.
  • Visitors are limited to just EKU students, faculty and staff. Only the main entrance (Little Entrance) is open.
  • Current EKU faculty, staff and students will scan their official EKU ID -- their Colonel Card -- when entering the library building.
  • All patrons in the library building must wear a mask.
  • We ask that people not congregate together and wipe down surfaces they used when they leave.


Library Spaces, Reserving Rooms and Group Meetings

  • All persons in the library building must wear a mask.
  • Current EKU faculty, staff and students will scan their official EKU ID -- their Colonel Card -- when entering the library building.
  • Furniture in shared spaces has been rearranged to discourage large group congregations.
  • Spaces have been modified to provide barriers, additional spacing, and reminders of best distancing practices.
  • Unmediated room reservations for spaces in the Crabbe Main Library will be unavailable through the fall 2020 semester in order to adhere to state and CDC health and safety guidelines to meet capacity and social distancing recommendations.


Virtual Services


Online Collections


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 will not be available for the Fall 2020 semester:

  • Anatomy Models
  • Cables/Cords: HDMI, VGA, Dongle, etc.
  • Calculators: TI-83, TI-84, and standard
  • 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 


Borrowing Print and Physical Materials from EKU Libraries

  • The physical stacks are closed to patron browsing through Fall 2020.
  • For access to physical materials, please use the library's main search and your Library Express account to request print books for check-out. You can easily request a book for checking out by clicking on the "Request It" link attached to a book's record
    • Need Help? Please take a minute to view the below linked FAQs and how-to videos on how to request print materials through Library Express.

  • Checking out Print Books: Richmond Campus based Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • Checking out Print Books: Regional Campus and Online Only Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • Once the materials have been pulled by our Library Express team, there are different options available to obtain the books you have checked out:
    • On-campus patrons may pick up their books from a cart in the Main Library
    • Branch libraries remain closed and are currently not an option for pick-up
    • Richmond campus faculty and staff may request that their items be mailed to their campus mailing address
    • Regional campus and online-only students, faculty and staff may have their items mailed to their home address. This process will take longer than in previous semesters due to COVID-19 precautions, so please allow extra time for arrival of materials.
  • EKU Libraries will prioritize the purchase of books in eBook format that support the curricula. Patrons are encouraged to use their local public libraries for popular and fiction reading needs.


Returning Books

  • 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 will limit our interlibrary loan services to digital items only. We will not borrow physical items from other libraries unless absolutely necessary.
  • Until further notice, we will no longer borrow textbooks from other libraries.
  • Please contact Library Express at if you have any specific questions.