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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.

Curbside Pickup

Zuhl and Branson Libraries are both physically closed until further notice. 

Beginning July 6th,  the library will provide a Curbside Pickup Service to provide access to materials in Zuhl and Branson Libraries.

Who can use Curbside Pickup?

Curbside Pickup is available for all NMSU-Las Cruces affiliates, such as students, faculty and staff whose account is in good standing. If you have a balance due, please call 575-646-1852 before picking up your items. For the safety of our staff, we will not be able to process payments at curbside and you will be asked to pay your balance separately from the curbside service.


Who can pick up my items?

The borrower must pick up their items. However, faculty members could designate a proxy. Faculty must first fill out and submit the proxy form available online at library website. Staff will not release items to those without a NMSU ID.


How do I reserve items?

You can reserve most titles online through the NMSU Library website by accessing your NMSU account via Primo and using “Get It!”. There is no fee for this service. Once your hold is available, you will be notified. You will have 7 days to pick up your item(s). After 7 days, your item(s) will be placed back on the shelves.


How does Curbside Pickup work?


1.    Reserve your items online.

2.    Once your items become available you will be notified via email. You may then schedule to pick them up only during Curbside hours. You will have (7) days schedule and pick up your item(s). After (7) days, your item(s) will be placed back on the shelves.  To reserve a pick up time please use our Curbside Pickup Reservation Form.

3.   When arriving, please park on the curbside on Breland Drive. After pickup, you will need make a “U-turn” with plenty of room utilizing the entry to McFie Circle due to lot 45 under construction.  See photo for the area to park.



4.   STAY IN YOUR CAR and call the Zuhl Access Service Desk at 575-646-6910.

5.   One of our staff members will approach your window from a safe distance to ask you to present your NMSU ID.

6.    Once your identity is confirmed, staff will place your items in your trunk or back seat to minimize contact.

7.    Staff are not allowed to take returns. Please return your items in the outside book drop near the Curbside Pickup location.

Interlibrary Loan

Physical book borrowing for ILL is suspended at this time due to other libraries suspending interlibrary loan book lending, etc. Interlibrary Loan is available for e-Sources only. No physical items are able to be requested. 

Due dates for books out on loan will be extended until the end of the semester.

Course Reserves

Physical Course Reserves and Scanning services have been suspended for the time being, but the following services are available:

  • Suggestions on ebook alternatives

  • Technical support with scanning material yourself at home. 

    • Free apps that turn cell phone cameras into PDF document scanners are available in your phone's app stores. Several that librarians have had luck with include:

      • Simple Scan

      • Document Scanner - PDF Creator

      • Adobe Scan: PDF Scanner with OCR, PDF Creator

  • Canvas uploading support


Please check the following resource pages to see if your Reserve book may be included in the new freely available resources:

For Teachers: OCIP's Keep Teaching! page. Select the "Resources" tab and scroll down to "Textbook Resources".

For Students: OCIP's Keep Learning! page. Select the "Resources" tab and scroll down to "Textbook Resources". 

NMSU Bookstore website. On their homepage, there's a large image for free eBook access. Click on the link to take you to VitalSource. If you are a first-time user you'll need to create an account. Use your NMSU username and password. Once you confirm your account you can search for textbooks you may have placed on reserve (choose "Explore" and use the ISBN to make sure you get the correct edition). A lot of these textbooks are being offered to students for free for the rest of the semester.