While most classes at Wayne State are online this semester, WSU Libraries and the Student Center are providing the campus community with resources and a place to study.
Libraries open this fall are the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Arthur Neef Law Library and the Shiffman Medical Library. The Walter P. Reuther Library is open by appointment only.
All libraries are instituting COVID-19 guidelines, which took several months to plan, said Alexandra Sarkozy, WSU science and digital scholarship librarian.
Only WSU students, faculty and staff are able to access the libraries and OneCards must be used to enter, according to WSU Library System’s website. Patrons must also present a completed Campus Daily Screener and wear a mask upon entry.
Library staff in the UGL are working to ensure students can access resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wurm said. The Staff practices social distancing and are provided with masks and face shields.
“Students can make reservations online to reserve a space within the library, but if the student does not have stable internet connections, then they can make reservations in person,” she said.
With capacity limits in place, 250 patrons will be allowed in the 50,000 square foot UGL, Wurm said. Designated computers and individual study spaces are set up to maintain social distancing.
Some services available at the library will not be offered this semester, including study rooms and course reserves, Sarkozy said.
“We will not have a reference desk staffed by a person for face-to-face interactions. Instead, the WSU community will have access to our 24-hour chat references, as well as a virtual kiosk that connects patrons to a staff member via Zoom to answer questions,” Sarkozy said.
The third floor of the UGL will be closed, but the first and second floors will remain open for students, Wurm said. Cleaning stations will be placed on each floor.
“There will be at least 20 cleaning stations on each floor,” Wurm said. “Wipes and other cleaning supplies will be provided to students before, during and after they sit at a designated area.”
Hand sanitizer machines are located near the vending machines and printing stations, Wurm said.
The Student Center is has similar requirements as WSU Libraries. A OneCard and completion of the Campus Daily Screener are required to enter.
“We will also have one entrance that we will be securely monitored as this building is considered to be an essential business,” Student Center Director Andrea Gerber said.
Patrons must wear a mask, except when actively eating, and social distance, according to the Student Center’s website. Staff have arranged furniture to ensure social distancing.
“We have also instilled NanoSeptic plastic for frequently touched surfaces, two different hand sanitizers —one on the tables and one similar to Clorox 360— training for staff members and plexiglass,” Gerber said.
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