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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!


Interlibrary Loan

Physical book borrowing for ILL is suspended at this time due to other libraries suspending Inter-library Loan book lending.  We are working through a back log of returned items from other institutions. 

Currently, Inter-library Loan is available for e-Sources only. No physical items are able to be requested.  We are aware of the need and importance of inter-library loan.    Due to the unprecedented shutdown of nearly all academic libraries,  we are working through problems and unforseen issues.  We are working toward providing full service as soon as possible.  Your patience is appreciated.

Due dates for borrowed books have been extended as permitted.  If you have ILL material to return, please return the book to our book drop or access our book drop on the first floor of Zuhl.

Please contact our ILL department with any questions via email

Course Reserves

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 Museums and Library Services "Project REALM", we have determined physical items cannot be placed in the library’s course reserves for fall 2020 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 3-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. As the budget allows, the library can explore options to provide better simultaneous user capability. 

 (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.