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 resources, and other helpful links. This information continues to evolve. Please check back for the latest changes to library services and hours.
Until further notice, the library will be closed except for the front lobby. In order to allow APSU students, faculty, and staff to pick up and return books, media materials, and laptops, the front lobby will be open for a limited amount of time each week. Anyone picking up materials or equipment must present their APSU ID card, and will be required to wait in the lobby while their checkout request is processed.
Call 931-221-7978 with questions or if you need additional information.
Hours of Operation - Library Lobby Only
Woodward Library's front lobby will remain open for a limited amount of time, two days a week: Monday & Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Library hours may change on short notice; please check before making a special trip to campus. The lobby is the glassed-in area at the front of the library, and access to the rest of the building is not permitted. We apologize for the inconvenience, but printing is not available.
Wi-Fi Hotspot Devices for Students Without Internet
If you are an APSU student living in a rural area and do not have internet access, you may check out a free wi-fi hotspot device at the Woodward Library lobby. The library lobby is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays only. If you live more than 60 miles from campus or are unable to come to the library, send an email or call 931-221-7582 to request that a device be mailed to you. Include your name, A-number and mailing address.
Hotspot devices may be checked out through May 11. Students needing technical assistance with a device should contact the Distance Education support desk at 931-221-6625.
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. If you need a laptop mailed to you, indicate that information on the form.
The laptop loan will expire on May 11, the Monday after the end of spring semester. When returning laptops, do NOT put them in the book drop. If the library is not open, email us to schedule a time to return the laptop.
Contact the GOVSTECH Help Desk for computer assistance.
Information & Research Assistance
Have a question about library services? Need research help? Contact us:
- General questions: phone 931-221-7978
- Research assistance: contact us via Ask a Librarian (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
- Staff from the Writing Center are available to provide assistance online
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 for e-books, books, CDs, and DVDs
- 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
Books, media materials, and laptop computers may be checked out during the library's lobby hours. Books and media 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. Do NOT put laptops in the book drop! Return laptops only when the library is open, or email us to schedule a return time.
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 will 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.