What to Expect: Fall 2020


Welcome Back Owls!  We know this fall will be unlike any other in the history of FAU with lots of questions and uncertainty.  We will abide by FAU's Reopening Plan for the Fall 2020 semester as we work to ensure the safety of faculty, staff and students.  Below are important updates to make sure you are prepared for what to expect when visiting any of the FAU Libraries' facilities this fall.

Are the libraries at capacity?  Check out our real time counts for the Wimberly and Jupiter Campus Library:

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FAU Libraries' ILL Department Expands Services - August 31, 2020
Contactless Material Delivery - August 25, 2020
Reopening the FAU Libraries to Students and Faculty - August 8, 2020
Course Reserves Online Only for Fall 2020 - August 5, 2020


Book Returns and Due Dates

Due dates on FAU materials will be extended to January 15, 2021.  If you must return your books please use a book drop on campus.  Contact lycirc@fau.edu or 561-297-6911 for more information.

Borrow Materials

The books stacks are closed to patron access.  However, materials can still be checked out from the Wimberly Library by students, faculty and staff from FAU and Palm Beach State.  There is a maximum of 20 items per day per person.  Please follow this process:

  1. Search for your item in the FAU Library Catalog
  2. Click on the "Branch Campus Delivery/Interlibrary Loan" link at the bottom of the record.
  3. Log into or create a new ILLiad account.
  4. The request information should be autofilled.  If not, edit as needed and then submit request.
  5. Once your material has been pulled and is available, you will receive an email notification tell you how and where to pick up your items.
  6. Pick up book....read....and return!

For a brief video tutorial of this process, please click here. Questions? Contact LYILL@fau.edu or 561-297-0563 during library operating hours.

Computer Labs

All first-floor computer labs in the Wimberly Library and Jupiter Library are open.  This includes the Alumni Alcove in the west wing and the computers in the east wing of the Wimberly Library.  In Jupiter, this includes the computer lab on the library's first floor, as well as the 24/7 computer lab adjacent to the library. 

To ensure proper social distancing several computers have been turned off and marked as unavailable.  As a courtesy to other patrons, please limit the use of computers to 2 hours. 

Review Open Computer Labs around campus.


All in-person exhibits for the fall semester will be closed.  Please visit our current online exhibit, Erase Hate. 

Federal Depository Library Program

Virtual assistance is available to all depository patrons by contacting govinfo@fau.edu or calling 561-297-3788. Virtual office hours available Monday-Thursday, https://library.fau.edu/virtual-office-hours.

GIS Corner

There are two workstations available in the GIS Corner.  Please make sure to wipe down the area before and after use.  For assistance please email govinfo@fau.edu or call 561-297-3788 (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00). Virtual office hours for GIS are available Tuesdays and Thursdays https://library.fau.edu/virtual-office-hours.

Government Information and Maps

Assistance from Government Information and Maps department staff is available virtually.  Please email govinfo@fau.edu or call 561-297-3788.

Interlibrary Loan

Physical materials located at the Boca Campus Wimberly Library are available for paging by FAU and PBSC students, staff, and faculty at this link. You may request up to 20 items per day. All physical materials will be placed in our new 24/7 contactless locker delivery system, and will be available for pickup for 24 hours.

We are happy to announce that we are again able to process Interlibrary Loan requests for physical materials in addition to electronically-delivered book chapters and articles.  Please visit https://fau.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/Logon.html

Uborrow is also now available for requesting materials from participating libraries within Florida's state University/College library system.

Please contact us at lyill@fau.edu or 561.297.0563 during Library operating hours for any questions or concerns.

Jaffe Center for Book Arts

The Jaffe Center Book Arts Studios remain closed.  For information about online events please visit http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/jaffe.htm.  For information on research or course support please email jcutrone@fau.edu.

On-Demand Workshops and Tutorials

We have several on-demand workshops and tutorials available to help with using library materials or research.  Visit all on-demand workshops and tutorials here.

Recorded Sound Archives

Access to online materials can be found at https://rsa.fau.edu/.  To contact the RSA please visit https://rsa.fau.edu/contact-us.

Special Collections & University Archives

Access to online materials are found at https://library.fau.edu/special-collections.  Our reading room and physical access to our collections are currently closed.  Please email vthur@fau.edu for research and course support or to make an appointment.

Virtual Office Hours

We've launched informal, online consultations with library staff or subject specialists.  Library staff and faculty are available to answer questions, provide guidance, and assist with research. No appointments are needed.



What time do the libraries be open?

The Wimberly Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm.  The Jupiter Campus Library is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 4 pm.  The HBOI Library is open Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, for self-checkout only.  For an up-to-date list of operating hours please visit our website

Who can access the library buildings?

Access will be limited to FAU and Palm Beach State students, faculty and staff.  All patrons will be required to swipe their campus ID card for access.  Please follow these links for information on the Owl Card or Panther Card. 

PBSC students, faculty and staff will need to fill out this form to gain access to the Wimberly Library and authorization to check out materials.  You should receive confirmation within 1 business day.  For questions please contact lycirc@fau.edu.     

For the safety of the campus community, we will not allow access to the general public during the first phase of reopening.  Members of the general public may request an appointment if necessary.  We have compiled information on local public libraries to assist the public.

Do I have to wear a face covering while in the library?

Yes.  In accordance with the FAU policy, "Face coverings are required on campuses when entering and exiting buildings and while inside public spaces in all buildings".  Everyone will be required to wear a face covering at all times while in the library.  Acceptable face coverings should:

  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow visitors to remain hands-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

What spaces are available in the library?

Currently, only parts of the 1st floor are open to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of spaces.  These areas are subject to change and will be noted with barriers and signage. 

Visitors are not allowed in the stacks.  Any requests for materials should be made online and will be delivered via a low/no contact process. 

How many people are allowed in the library?

With limited areas open and the need to remove some furniture to ensure safe social distancing, there is a capacity limit for the library facilities. 

Wimberly Library - 125 Seats (85 dedicated to computer workstations)
Jupiter Library - 20 Seats (8 dedicated to computer workstations)

When capacity is reached there will be a notification for new visitors prior to entry.  We have compiled a list of alternative locations around campuses. 

Are food and drinks be allowed in the library?

No.  Because face coverings are required to be worn in the library at all times, food and beverages are not permitted.  Dunkin' Donuts will be closed the entire fall semester.  Please enjoy all food and beverages outside the library.  

Can I check out a study room?

No. To ensure safe social distancing group study rooms will not be available for reservation during the fall semester.  The only study spaces will be in open areas of the library that allow safe social distancing.

Can I still access the online resources and services?

Absolutely!  Whether you are on campus or learning from a distance we have many services and resources available online.  Visit Lib2Go for a full listing of all our remote services and resources.  For a guide on remote services and resources visit here.  We encourage all students, faculty and staff to continue to utilize the online services and resources.

Palm Beach State College students, faculty, and staff should refer to the Palm Beach State College website for remote access to databases.  

How will course reserves be managed this semester?

Course reserves will be 100% online for the fall semester.  Physical reserve items will not be available for the fall semester.  As always, the Libraries will work hand-in-hand with faculty to provide students the support they need to be successful in their academic careers.  Learn how to request items here.  

What technology is available to check out? 

There are a limited number of laptops and wifi hotspots available to FAU students with financial aid approval.  All requests must be submitted via the link found on this page.



Last modified at 09/17/2020 - 15:27 PM