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Check back to this page for updates on how Bell Library's services and policies are changing in response to COVID-19.


Update: Library Hours

The Bell Library is open:

Monday through Thursday: 7:30am - 1:30am

Friday: 7:30am - 8pm

Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Sunday: 9am - 10:30pm

Remember to check for changes in the library's hours during Reading Days and Holidays. 

Curbside pick up of materials will continue Mon - Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Access to all of the library’s digital resources and online research support will be available 24/7. 

In addition, Interlibrary Loan will continue to provide digital items such as e-books and PDFs of articles and book chapters.

Please continue to check this Guide for the most up to date information about library resources and services. For more information, please call 361.825.2340.


Please check back to this page to stay up to date on the changes in services and policies at Bell Library for the duration of the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Special Updates:

Precautions to Take

Physical Spaces - want to know what to expect?

Interlibrary Loan Resumes Physical Borrowing



Precautions to Take

While the University does not require face coverings or vaccinations, we encourage every Islander to consider getting vaccinated, wear a face covering while indoors, and wash your hands frequently to aid in reducing the spread of COVID-19.  Additional measures you can take.

  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

If you would like to meet with a group, consider using WebExZoom, or another video conferencing software instead of meeting in person.

Curbside Pick Up Available

Do you need to pick up library materials and maintain social distance? We can help with that!

Call 361-825-2340 to request the book(s) via curbside.

We will need:

  • Book(s) information (We will allow curbside pick up for Circulating materials only – Main Collection titles, Popular Reading, etc. You can pick up Interlibrary Loan this way!)
  • Your name and A# or University ID
  • If someone else is coming to get your books, we’ll need their information
  • Let us know when you plan to arrive (Pick up is available Monday – Friday 9:00am-4pm)

campus map highlighting area for curbside pick up in Curlew Lot

When you get to campus, take the second entrance to the Curlew Parking Lot and wait in the inside corner by the Faculty Center and Bay Hall.

Once you arrive:

  • Call 361-825-2340
    • Let us know you’re here to pick up
    • Tell us your name and A#
    • Share the Make and Model and Color of the vehicle

We will then walk the item(s) out to the car and verify via SandDollar or Photo ID. Stay safe and healthy!

Last Updated

This guide was last updated September 3, 2021. 

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