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Library Services at Piedmont University

Overview of Library Services: For students and faculty wherever they are located and for students and faculty at the Demorest and Athens campuses.

The Library During the Pandemic

The Library affirms all the principles of the Key Elements section of the Piedmont Together page on the University website. Please follow the link to read the University's guidelines.

In the Library, we affirm the University guidelines with these policies and procedures:

  • All library users must be masked in any space within the library.
  • Even if you are sitting alone or alone in one of the study rooms, you must be masked.
  • Masks must cover both mouth and nose
  • Library users should observe at least 3 feet of social distancing.
  • All library users are strongly encouraged to wash their hands frequently or to use hand sanitizer.

Here are some of the changes introduced to make the Library a healthy and safe environment during the pandemic. Many of these actions are reinforced with with signage.

  • There are hand sanitizer stations on every floor near the stairwell doors.
  • We removed and rearranged furniture to promote physical distancing.
    • We spread the public-access computers on the 3rd floor further apart, without reducing the number of computers available (still 15).
    • Occupancy of the study rooms is limited to a maximum of 2.
    • Seating at some tables is limited to 2 users; other, larger tables to 3 users.
    • The (very small) restrooms are limited to 1 person at a time.
    • Use of the elevator is limited to 2 at a time.

Other steps we have taken to promote a healthy environment include creation of a system of small signs at every seat in the library.

  • When you lay the sign down after using a seat, we will notice and clean and sanitize later that day.
  • We clean and sanitize the study rooms and other high-touch spaces more than once a day (as does the College's cleaning team).
  • If you would like clearing products to use at your seat before sitting down, please ask at the circulation desk on the 3rd floor.

In conclusion, the Library was heartened by the spirit of discipline and cooperation we noticed in response to these guidelines during the 2020-2021 academic year. The collaborative effort allowed us to have a great year with no serious outbreaks of COVID-19 on-campus! Let's continue our discipline and care and have another fantastic year in 2021-2022!