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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Covid-19 and Library Services for Spring 2020

After careful consideration, the University has made the difficult decision to move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester. Spring break will be extended and classes will not be held March 23-27. All subsequent classes will be delivered through remote learning for the remainder of the Easter Semester. Classes will resume remotely on Monday, March 30. For more information about the University's status, follow this page.

The duPont Library is committed to the continued support of the research and teaching of faculty and students.  Our top priority is to ensure that as many resources and services as possible are accessible remotely. In-person services will be adjusted as needed in compliance with campus guidelines.  Visit this page often to check on changes to services, hours and access.

Last updated: March 24, 2020 8:00 am

In consultation with the University’s Emergency Management Executive Team (EMET), the decision has been made to close the Jessie Ball duPont Library building to the public. Access is limited to LITS employees.

Starting Wednesday, March 25, Monday through Friday, the library will offer a pick-up service for library materials. To request library materials from the collection, please email the following information to our circulation staff by noon each day. These items will be available for pickup from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the same day. To make a request, email reserves@sewanee.edu, or call the circulation staff at 931.598.1664.
Be sure to include:

  • The title of the material(s) you want; a call number would be appreciated, but not required.
  • Your contact information: name, phone number, and email address.

Materials will be checked out to your account by the Circulation staff and then shelved alphabetically by your last name on the book truck. Items will be available for pick up between 2 and 4 p.m. on a book truck on the library's covered front porch. Materials not picked up during that period will be reshelved. If the pick-up time does not work for you, please let us know. We will contact you about an alternative method or time to get materials to you.

Special borrowing policies in place during this period:

  • You may check out more than the normal number of videos and audiobooks during this time.
  • Fines will not be assessed for late returns.
  • You can return library materials 24 hours a day to either of our book drops–on the front porch of duPont Library or at the entrance of the rear parking lot.

We want to remind you about our Overdrive service for easy access to ebooks and electronic audiobooks. Go to: https://sewanee.overdrive.com/ to learn more. You can make recommendations for purchase through this website also.

The library wants to support your reading, watching, and listening needs during this time. Please let us know if you have any questions, and stay safe.

In Addition:

  • The William R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections will be also be closed until further notice to researchers. We will attempt to answer any queries submitted electronically as best we can. We can be contacted at archives@sewanee.edu .
  • A scanning service is available for the print collection (for faculty only at this time).See this page.
  • Due dates for checked-out materials: We have extended due dates for all students in the college and seminary until Sept. 30, 2020.  Fines will not be assessed during this time.
  • Interlibrary loan of physical materials will continue for faculty only. Electronic delivery will continue. Both will have limited availability due to so many libraries being closed. Librarians can help users find alternatives. If you currently have interlibrary loan materials checked out, the due date has been extended until May 30, 2020. Due dates after May 30th are still valid. Any questions about current or future interlibrary loans can be directed to sewaneeill@sewanee.edu.


Online resources and services

Through spring break and beyond you may expect continued access to all online resources and services: