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


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:

New Curbside Hours for Fall Announced!

Visitor Access to the Campus Library

Face Coverings Required on Campus

Circulation and Facilities Issue

Physical Spaces - want to know what to expect?

Reserve a space in the I-Create Lab!

Update: Campus Visitors

At this time, the Library is only open to University students, staff, and faculty. 

Visitors are permitted when necessary to fulfill the University’s mission.
Limiting guests allows us to maintain social distancing  and ensures our resources are available for students, faculty and staff.
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to welcome visitors soon!

Update: Library Hours

The Bell Library will reopen to students, staff, and faculty on Monday, June 22nd. Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm. Some services will be limited during this time.

Curbside pick up of materials will continue Mon. - Fri. 9:30am - 4pm

Access to all of the library’s digital resources will be available 24/7. Online research support from the Ask Us Desk is available during the following times:

Mon.-Thurs. 8am - 8pm  Fri. 8am - 5pm

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 361.825.2643.

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 9:30am-4pm)
    • Beginning 9/17 new Curbside Hours will be:
      • Monday - Thursday 10am - 7pm
      • Friday - Saturday 1pm - 5pm
      • Sunday 11am - 5pm

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 August 11, 2020. 

Print Interlibrary Loan Suspended

Due to long delays and the unavailability of physical items during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily suspending Interlibrary Loan of print materials. Requests for E-Books and digital materials can still be made. If you need assistance finding additional sources, please contact our Ask Us Desk.

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