Plan Ahead for Winter Break

Some faculty and graduate students look forward to the Winter Break as an opportunity to take some precious time to concentrate on their own research. If you are planning on working during this period and need to use interlibrary loan (ILL) services, or may want to check books out from Olin Library, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. There will be no access to the general collection on the 3rd and 4th floors and no Olin Library ILL staff working from noon on Friday 12/18/15 until 7:45 a.m. on Monday 1/4/16. This means no books can be checked out and no mediated ILL requests will be placed, no items returned, and no returnable items (like books) processed during this period. Also, while some larger libraries continue ILL service during the winter break, many do not. So that even if you place an unmediated request for an article, for instance, it may not be processed at the lending library. Plan on taking some time during the Thanksgiving break to check out books and place those ILL requests for materials you plan on needing during the winter break. This should give plenty of time for us to receive them in time for you to take them with you over the winter break. If any should have a due date when we are closed, don’t worry – just return them on 1/4 and we will take the flak, pay any fines, etc.

Some readers may remember that we added extra hours as a pilot during winter break of 2014-15. We reviewed the results of that pilot and discussed the issue of whether we needed to be open during winter break with the Library Advisory Council. Their recommendation was that we do not, but that we should give faculty and students plenty of warning so that they could plan ahead.

June 19 closure. Plan ahead.

On Friday June 19th the library will be closed for in-person services and the facility will be in 24 mode all day. What does this mean for you in practice?

  • The 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors will not be accessible, so most of the print collection will be unavailable.
  • The main floor will be available to all users with a valid Rollins ID card.
  • There will be no library staff working in the building on that day.
  • The IT Help Desk and instructional technologists will work as normal and be available.
  • The library website and all online resources will continue to function and be available as normal.
  • There will be no research help assistance by e-mail, chat, or phone.
  • No books or equipment may be checked out on 6/19, but items can be returned. No fines or fees will be assessed for that day.
  • Interlibrary loan requests may be placed during this period but will not be processed. Printed ILL items may be returned but will not be available for pickup.
  • Library services will end on Thursday 6/18 at 9 p.m. And most will resume again at 9 a.m. on Saturday 6/20.

This closure will enable the library staff to meet together for their annual retreat. This year we will be discussing communication and work styles, and continuing to develop our strategic plan.