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Resources for Distance Learning

Resources for distance learning during a pandemic

graphic of Tredway library buildingBeginning Monday, August 10, 2020, Thomas Tredway Library will reopen our doors to the Augustana community. During the two weeks preceding the start of the fall semester, we will be open from 8 AM - 4:30 PM on weekdays.


How to Contact Us

Please contact us by email at or if you have questions. We will make every effort to help as best we can.

We are frequently updating this guide; please check back often!

Library services

Can I use library resources from off campus? Yes! You can access our usual selection of electronic resources through the Databases A-Z list. You will be prompted to enter your Augustana username and password (the same one that you use for email and Arches) to verify that you are a current member of the Augustana community.

What are the lending policies? Do I need to renew my books?

This summer, the library migrated to new software. In the process, we have adjusted some of our lending policies. For full details (including longer lending periods for Augustana materials), please see the Circulation Lending Policies. The longer lending policies should reduce the strain if there another campus closure is instituted.

If you had materials checked out prior to the campus closure in March, 2020, here's what you need to know about those items:

  • Augustana and I-Share materials - For now, you don't need to renew anything. For all I-Share items due between January 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020, the new due date is February 1, 2021. For all Augustana items due between January 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020, the new due date is February 1, 2021.
  • ILL materials - ILL staff should have contacted you directly regarding renewals and returns.

Can I request items for pick up at the library? Beginning August 10th, Augustana community members may request items from both I-Share and Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Those items will be delivered to the library, and you will receive a notice when it has been processed and is available for pick up.

Note: per current consortial standards, we will be quarantining items after their arrival and before processing, so this process will take longer than it has in the past.

Evolving information/updates

Tredway Library Reserves - Fall 2020
Based on best library practices shared through the Oberlin Group of Libraries, CARLI member libraries,  and data provided by the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) COVID-19 Research Project, Illinois Library Association COVID-19 Resources, Tredway Library will adjust some services this fall. As you plan your course resources, please be aware the library is strongly encouraging all reserves be electronic (not physical) for two reasons; all physical items must be placed in quarantine for 7 days before they can safely be checked out to another person and distance students will not have access to physical reserves. We understand this is change from past practice and ask you to work with Christine Aden (Circulation Supervisor) or your liaison librarian for solutions regarding electronic access to reserves.

Revised Library Hours for 2020-21 Academic Year

During the last two weeks of the Fall semester (Nov. 30 - Dec. 11), library hours will be reduced due to the smaller numbers of students on campus during reading week and finals. These hours will be:

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday (both weeks)

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday (both weeks)

12:00 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5th and Sunday, Dec. 6th

Closed on Saturday, Dec. 12th and Sunday, Dec. 13th

To maintain appropriate levels of cleanliness, account for reduced student staffing and discourage social gathering in library spaces, library hours will be reduced during the 2020-21 academic year. Beginning on Monday, August 31st, library hours will be:

8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday

12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday. 

Special Collections will be open by appointment only to students/faculty/staff. There will be a limit of one patron in the reading room at a time.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Policies

  • Based on best library practices shared through the Oberlin Group of Libraries, CARLI member libraries,  and data provided by the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) COVID-19 Research Project, Illinois Library Association COVID-19 Resources, all library materials will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours upon return. When it is checked back in, the materials will be back-dated to reflect the original date of return.

  • Because safe social distancing will be impossible to monitor, all patrons will be expected to wear masks whenever they are inside the library

  • To allow for appropriate cleaning of the facilities and to ensure that masks continue to be worn, food and drink will be strongly discouraged.

  • Library employees will ask someone to step back, maintain a proper distance, and wear a face mask if they are not following college guidelines. If library employees encounter resistance or defiance, they will move away from the patron and will report the incident quietly to public safety.

  • The public (defined as anyone who is not a current student or employee of Augustana College) will not be allowed in except by special appointment. The general public will not be allowed in to use computers or to use study spaces – they will only be allowed in if they have been determined by the Library to have a specific need that can only be met by the Tredway Library in a face-to-face situation. The public will be redirected to their local public libraries for all other services.

  • Although access to the stacks will be open, signage has been put in place asking patrons to “Respect and Distance from Others”.