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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.

Requesting Physical Items in Zuhl and Branson Library

In this phase of reopening, the second and third floor of Zuhl library and all of Branson are closed to our patrons. 

Please use the "Request It" feature in Primo to pick up the requested items at Zuhl's service desk.

Steps to Request Materials

1) Go to the NMSU Library's website. 

2) Search for item in our catalog/discovery system.

3)  Sign into your account with your myNMSU login and password.

4)  Once you find the item you would like, click on the title of the book to see the full record.  Select "Request" and NOT "Request via ILL".  


When your items have been pulled from our closed areas,  you will receive an email notification.  Please see the Service Desk on the first floor of Zuhl to pick up using your NMSU ID.

Please be patient with us as we iron out our new processes!  We thank you!


Course Reserves Update Spring 2021

In light of the impact COVID has on academic libraries and the services it provides, course reserves will temporarily be limited to only eResources and providing scanned copies of print sources following copyright best practices.

Based on guidance from the Institute of Library and Museum REALM project., we have determined physical items cannot be placed in the library’s course reserves for spring 2021 and possibly longer.  The library will adhere to guidance from library organizations and current practice in libraries to place any print/physical item in circulation or in person use to a 4-day quarantine period to provide time for the virus to become inactive.  This quarantine process affects a course reserve’s circulation and availability. Users would not be able to access course reserves in a timely or equitable fashion.  In the event of a campus shut down, these materials would not be accessible to anyone.

The current procedure for course reserves will be:

(a) Faculty may request assistance in finding their material as eResources in the form of a reserves request, or by contacting a librarian. If we have a permissible license for the material (unlimited users) they can share a permalink via Canvas or email with their students.

 This library can help find eResources and tell if the licensing terms are permissible.

 (b) Faculty will have to submit a reserves request for scanning services with either a call # or their own personal copy that will have to be quarantined before it can be processed. As per prior practice, faculty must allow a 2-week processing time and provide specific information as to which pages, sections or chapter is needed. Any scanned requests will be emailed to the faculty member so it can then be uploaded to Canvas.                                                                                             

             Although this change in reserves is not ideal, safety is our highest priority during the pandemic. 

Please contact Maya I. Conde-Kalmijn, Sr Library Specialist at or call (575)646-4441 M-F 9am – 6pm for any assistance or clarifications.