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COVID-19 Updates

Cal Maritime Library guide to services during COVID-19, and information on the virus.

Library Services for Fall 2020. Outside pickup by appointment, virtual library open always

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COVID-19 Library Services Overview

Library Services During COVID-19

  • During Fall 2020, outside pickup of library materials is available 0800-1700, M-F. Email to request pickup.
  • Off campus? Enter your home address when placing a hold on a book so it can be mailed to you. Return envelope provided.
  • Although the library's doors are closed, library staff continue to work remotely during regular business hours, M-F.
  • Cal Maritime equipment now checks out for 7 days and is sanitized upon return.
  • Course reserves check out for 24 hours.
  • CSU+ and ILL are available.
  • Availability of all library materials may be affected by the need to quarantine them for safety.

Open Air Library

Open Air Library

The Library building is currently closed for study. The Open Air Library immediately outside the Library building is available! It consists of outdoor tables in range of a good wifi signal.

  • Please observe campus guidelines on face coverings and social distancing while using the Open Air Library.

  • Clipboards, portable chargers, whiteboard pens, and other study aids are available for checkout, and sanitizer and wipes are provided.

  • Cadets are responsible for wiping tables for safety, and cleaning up after themselves.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves During COVID-19

For Students:

  • Physical course materials: Course reserve textbooks check out for 24 hours. They will be quarantined for up to 72 hours between uses. Late fees are suspended.
  • Electronic course materials:  Electronic course materials should be available through Brightspace; ask your professor if you have questions.

For Faculty:

  • Physical course materials: Continue to work with Pamela Baird to place physical materials on reserve. Because of longer checkout times and quarantine of materials, extra copies are welcome.
  • Electronic course materials:  Please contact your liaison librarian to discuss whether your materials are available in electronic format, and other options including scanning, subject to copyright limitations.

Equipment Loan Period

Equipment Loans During COVID-19

  • New, longer loan period: Loans for equipment have been extended to 7 days (exception: portable chargers are due same day to allow for recharging).
  • Safety precautions:  All equipment will be sanitized upon return.
  • Overdue fees: Fines are not currently being charged for equipment returned past due.

For Faculty: Information Fluency Instruction

Information Fluency Instruction During COVID-19

Cal Maritime librarians are prepared to support information fluency instruction in the format that best matches your class modality this Fall. Please consider the format of your class, the assignments you are using, and your information fluency learning outcomes. Then let us know what kind of instruction will best fit your course.* Here are some examples:

  • Synchronous visit via Zoom. This option most closely resembles an in-person class visit. If your class is meeting synchronously this may be the best fit for you class. Librarians can prepare a lesson plan that includes lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on activities (individual or small groups).
  • Asynchronous visit via Brightspace. This option may be well-suited for asynchronous courses. Librarians can interact with students in a variety of ways, such as participating in a discussion board or helping design an assignment.
  • Research guide hosted on the library website. Guides can be broad in topic (like this multi-page guide for MT resources: or more narrowly focused (like the one for ME490 - Engineering Design:
  • One-on-one/group research consultations. Students can schedule research consultations with a librarian using zoom.
  • Tutorials or videos. We have curated a collection of short videos that help students with the research process:

* Please keep in mind that some of these options may require more lead time than in the past.