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COVID-19 Information & Resources

For information on Library Services during COVID-19 closures and general reference and information relating to COVID-19 itself.

The Changing Nature of our Situation

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, library services may alter in the coming months in ways we do not currently expect. We will update this guide to reflect any changes that occur. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these times of uncertainty.

The first floor of Zuhl library is open for limited services.

Guidelines and Behavioral Expectations

  • In compliance with the Governor's orders and HED guidance, the occupancy of the first floor of will be limited to 25%.  Maximum occupancy is limited to 31 people in this phase of reopening.
  • Access to the library and resources is limited to only NMSU students, staff, and faculty and affiliated institutions, DACC and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.  At this time, community members are not able to use the library.  We look forward to welcoming the community back soon!
  • A valid NMSU or BCOM ID and face covering or mask is required to be admitted to the library.  At all times, a face covering must be worn properly for safety.
  • No consumption of food or drink is permitted within the library.  Food and drink must be consumed outside of the building.  Zuhl Fuel will be open for take out only.
  • No group work is permitted due to social distancing guidelines.  Group study rooms and doctoral study rooms are currently unavailable.

Library Updates

Although our libraries are physically closed, we are working hard toward providing resources and services for the NMSU Community.  Due to the closure of a majority of academic libraries in the pandemic, there are several challenges we are actively addressing. Your patience and understanding are deeply appreciated.

Access to the library:  

  • The first floor of Zuhl is open with a limited occupancy of 31 to comply with the HED guidelines of 25% of total occupancy.   
  • The second and third floor of Zuhl will remain closed but NMSU staff, faculty, and students may request for library staff to retrieve items from Zuhl and Branson libraries using the "Get It" service available via Primo on the library's website.  
  • Branson Library will remain closed for the remainder of the year.  Physical access and research assistance for Archives and Special Collections is by appointment only.  Assistance in accessing Government Documents is available via Ask Us! Or by contacting, David Irvin, Government Documents Librarian by email

Access to physical items in Zuhl and Branson: 

  • In compliance with Return to Research and Creativity Stage 4, the library will open with the first floor of Zuhl with limited access.  Patrons must show a valid NMSU ID and be wearing a face covering.
  • Beginning August 3rd,  the library will provide a retrieval service for physical books and items in Branson and Zuhl Libraries.
  • The library is suspending all loans of equipment, such as chargers and dry erase markers.  
  • Print reserves have been suspended for the semester.  

Interlibrary Loan

  • Currently, the library is able to fill requests for electronic journal articles and limited chapters of items we do not own.
  • Physical items owned by branch NMSU campus libraries and other universities are not available to be requested via interlibrary loan.
  • To ensure the safety of Document Delivery staff and to reduce contact points throughout campus, the faculty delivery service will be suspended for fall 2020. The book pick-up service is also suspended, due to the need to quarantine books, and the heightened risk of exposure if following the normal procedure.

Reference Services

  • We are currently providing all service virtually.  These services include chat reference, research consultations via Book a Librarian and email. 
  • Beginning August 3rd, the physical reference desk will be open M-Th from 10am -2pm.  

Library Instruction:

  • All instruction will be provided online, including the library's credit courses, LIB 311 and LIB 101.  Please see the Instruction tab to the left for options to request instructional support.

Archives & Special Collections:

  • Access to materials and research assistance will be provided by appointment only.  Please contact

Please see the tabs on the left hand side for additional information.