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Limited Library Hours

We have some new protocols for keeping our spaces and high-touch surfaces clean and for promoting health and safety in accordance with university guidelines. Access to some spaces is limited or restricted, and some services are being offered primarily or only online.

What to expect at the Libraries: Fall 2020 →

Bierce Library is open: 

Monday- Thursday 8:00am- 9:00pm

Friday 9:00am- 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm- 6:00pm

Archives is available by appointment only: Monday- Friday 10am - 3pm. 

The health and safety of our employees and patrons are our top priorities, so we will look a bit different during your next visit:

- required face coverings/masks

- clear shields on service desks

- signage encouraging you to maintain a distance from others of at least six feet

- hand sanitizer

- fewer chairs and limited seating

- distanced computers

- sanitizing activity

Our Curbside Service is still available by appointment for patrons who do not want to enter our buildings.

We’re in this together, and we look forward to seeing you, with our safety protocols in place!

Library Services & Resources

Library Services 

Library Resources 

Requesting Materials by Appointment

UA faculty, staff, and students can request Akron-owned library materials online and retrieve them by appointment from Bierce Library. Requestable material includes Bierce and Science & Technology Libraries’ general collections, Test Prep, Curriculum Center, and Media

  • University Library books can be requested through the library catalog:
  • Students can come to Bierce Library during operating hours and check out Technology Equipment.

The requested material can either be mailed to a home address, retrieved from Bierce Library’s lobby or by appointment curbside pickup. MediaTech items cannot be mailed. Library patrons will receive a direct email about these retrieval procedures. 

Social distancing will be strictly enforced and masks are required for visitors.

Faculty Teaching Courses

  • For faculty teaching courses, Librarians are available by appointment and the Design and Development team are available through our Keep Teaching Community in Brightspace.
  • In the Keep Teaching Community on Brightspace, you will find all recordings from our training sessions, a wide variety of handouts, a developing list of FAQs, and most important, discussion forums. Please post your questions to the Discussion forum and we will answer your question as soon as possible.
  • Equipment is available for faculty to checkout from Audio/Visual Services, located in Bierce Library.