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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.

Status of Library Systems & Services

Quickly check the status of Library systems and services here:
See up-to-date information about what Library services are available and if technical issues have been reported.

Library Update

The library is physically closed effective Sunday, November 1, 2020 for a short duration due to unexpected circumstances.

We are evaluating this situation and will provide additional guidance early next week. During this time frame of this short duration the Curbside service is available to pick up books requested via Request It Service."

We are still working and providing many services!

Pick up physical materials via Curbside 

Interlibrary Loan

Virtual Reference services

Archives and Special Collections by Appointment

Please refer to this guide for updates!

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.

Physical Access to the library:  

  • 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!
  • The first floor of Zuhl is open with a limited occupancy of 31 to comply with the HED guidelines of 25% of total occupancy.   Patrons must show a valid NMSU ID and be wearing a face covering.
  • Branson Library will remain physically closed for the remainder of the year. 
  • The second and third floor of Zuhl will remain closed in this phase of reopening.
  • The Instruction Labs in Zuhl Library and Branson Library will remain closed at this time.  Instruction will be provided online via Zoom or Canvas.
  • The Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is physically closed.  Virtual consultations are available.

Access to physical items in Zuhl and Branson: 

  • 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. 
  • The library is suspending all loans of equipment, such as chargers and dry erase markers.  
  • Print reserves have been suspended for the semester.  
  • Physical access and research assistance for Archives and Special Collections is by appointment only.  
  • Physical access and research assistance for Government Documents is available via Ask Us! Or by contacting, David Irvin, Government Documents Librarian by email

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery:

  • In addition to electronic journal articles and book chapters, the library is processing requests for physical items held in other libraries. Please keep in mind not all libraries have resumed sharing physical items.  Wait times will vary and may be longer than usual.  Please check your Illiad account to track the progress of your request.
  • 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 return 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.