Continuity of Library Resources and Services
This page provides information related to the Woodward Library's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links. This information, and library services, are still evolving. Please check back for the latest on changes to library services and hours.
From now until the end of spring semester, the library has reduced its hours of operation and has restricted some services. The library is open to APSU employees and currently enrolled students only. For the safety of library staff, your fellow students, and your family, please do not bring family members or guests to the library.
The library is open for computer and internet access and book checkouts and returns. If possible, we ask that you limit library use to these activities. To adhere to the CDC's recommendation to stay at least six feet away from others, some other restrictions are also in place: every other computer workstation has been removed, only two people may use a single study table, and conference rooms are closed. The Writing Center is not providing assistance in-person, but staff are available to help online.
A limited number of laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis for students who do not have computers. To request a laptop loan, visit https://govstech.apsu.edu/TDClient/2071/Portal/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=14868. Students must have an APSU student ID, a valid driver’s license, a state-issued ID card or a passport to participate. Students will be notified via email when their laptop is available for pickup at the library. The laptop loan is planned to expire at the end of the spring semester. Contact the GOVSTECH Help Desk for computer assistance.
Hours of Operation
Woodward Library will remain open during the period that all classes are conducted online. The library's hours of operation are:
- Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Library hours may change on short notice; please check before making a special trip to campus.
Information & Research Assistance
Have a question about library services? Need research help? Contact us:
- General questions: phone 931-221-7346
- Research assistance: phone 931-221-6186 or contact us via Ask a Librarian (email, chat, or text)
- Because we are trying to limit face to face contact, the research assistance desk will not be staffed, but you can reach us via phone, email, chat, or text
- Research assistance hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
- Requests for assistance with D2L should be directed to the Distance Education Office
You can schedule a virtual research consultation with a librarian. Visit our Make an Appointment webpage to submit a request.
The library has a wide variety of electronic resources available for APSU students, faculty, and staff:
- Access the Austin library catalog to find e-books
- Find online journal articles, streaming media, and more
- View research guides for resources by subject, topic, or course
- How-to guides for help with citing sources, RefWorks, evaluating websites, etc.
- Learn or refresh skills through library tutorials
The library provides instructions for logging in to library databases from home and other services for off-campus students.
Have questions about how to use library databases or having difficulty accessing the information you need? Click on the Ask a Librarian tab on the library's main webpage.
Book and Media Checkouts & Returns
Please call 931-221-7346 to extend the checkout period for books or other materials. Items may be returned even if the library is not open; there is a book return on the left side of the library entrance, and a blue book return box on the curb to the right of the library.
Because many of our sister libraries are working with a skeleton staff or are closed, the borrowing of books from other libraries has been suspended. We will continue to fill as many requests for journal articles as we can; however, the process may take longer than usual.
The library offers support for faculty teaching online courses. Please contact your liaison librarian with questions related to options for online library instruction offerings, library materials, or other ways the library can support the transition to online instruction.
Additional Updates and Resources from APSU
Check the latest on APSU's Coronavirus Disease webpage.
Librarians have developed a research guide to provide information and resources about the COVID-19 pandemic.