Answered By: Ron Wirtz Last Updated: Apr 05, 2020 Views: 24
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Question: Is it still possible to check out physical books? I am a thesis student in a UNK Graduate program. Perhaps you have a “drive thru” option where I could pick up the books from the front desk, so that I don’t touch anything. I need as much access to the library I can get in order to finish my research.
Response: None of the University of Nebraska system libraries are providing access to materials from the physical collections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary reason is to protect the health and safety of both library users and library employees. A secondary reason is to protect the collections themselves.
Once a book or other physical item leaves the library building, there is no guarantee that it will not become contaminated with the virus. Information received from American Libraries and other professional sources indicate that the best way to ensure the virus-free status of a collection is simply not to allow any items to be checked out or in for a recommended period of time.
Common methods of sanitizing other types of surfaces do not work with books, and may cause significant damage to them. High-tech methods such as intense UV light exposure damage the paper and require exposure to each page, and are not as effective as simply isolating the collection.
Ewen, L. (2020, March 27). How to sanitize collections in a pandemic. Retrieved from American Libraries Magazine: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/how-to-sanitize-collections-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR3LnShC17mfqulOYuslIjdDFiBNRqyxC2xouGZQcoKx6JvjPgFIfrGCGsU