Covid-19 Library Essential Information

Library Hours Of Operation

All UWF Libraries will be closed to the public through Tuesday, May 5th. This date is subject to change due to university directive. Library staff and research librarians are available via email, chat, and text to answer any questions or concerns regarding library check-outs, technology, and equipment (see below for contact options).

Fines & Late Fees

All fines and late fees are currently suspended. You are not expected to return any materials or technology that you currently have. NEVER return technology to any of the drop-boxes on campus.

On Demand Digital Textbook Reserves Placement (Faculty Only)

The UWF Libraries purchases physical copies of all required textbooks for all undergraduate courses offered in a semester. To support faculty and students during the mandatory shift to online instruction, library employees will digitize instruction relevant portions of our physical holdings and will make these items available to users via their Canvas courses. Please visit to submit your request.

Student Technology Needs

The library maintains a pool of equipment for checkout and we'd like to support students who have limited or no technology of their own while the University is under mandatory online instruction. Please visit to request technology that you need to support remote learning.

Faculty Technology Needs

Right now we can offer a limited number of cameras, voice recorders, webcams, and headsets to faculty who may not have all the equipment required to transition to online instruction. Please visit to place your technology request.

Temporary Adobe At-Home Software

Adobe is allowing us to extend our lab licenses to you (the owner of an or e-mail address) until May 31. What this means for you is that you can install any of the Adobe Creative Suite applications on your personal PC or Mac and use them to finish projects, continue learning, etc. To request access to this program visit

Interlibrary Loans/UBorrow

Requests for articles and book chapters may still be made via our databases and your ILLiad accounts and will be processed. Requests for books and DVDs, i.e. physical materials, cannot be accommodated at this time. You are not expected to return items you have checked out; fees will be suspended. Send questions to Britt McGowan,

Resources for Free Course Books & Materials during COVID-19 Response:

VitalSource Helps supports students who may have lost access to course materials due to a campus moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and instructors at impacted institutions in the U.S. can now access an expansive catalog of etexts through May 25, 2020, at no charge. To get started, visit Before you begin searching for and reading course materials, you will need to create a new account or log in to an existing Bookshelf account with your institution-provided email address. Once you create an account with an institution-provided email address, log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. For further information, visit:

Red Shelf will provide you with up to 7 free eBooks from participating publishers. (Program applies to students at non-profit, semester-based schools, and access runs through May 25th.) Search by book title or ISBN.

Graduate Semester Carrel Information

Students who need access to essential materials in their semester carrels should contact Michelle Finley at to coordinate the retrieval of their essential items. Please note that you must make an appointment.

Ask A Librarian

Have a research or library question? You are highly encouraged to email your subject-specialist librarian directly. Please see this page for further information: For more general questions feel free to use the other contact methods outlined below.

Via Live-Chat

Our live chat service is available to use on most devices (including iPads). This service is monitored from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday. Note, please be patient and courteous while chatting. To start chatting just click the button underneath the left navigation menu on any library page or click the image below!

Via e-Mail

Have a longer or more involved question for us? You can submit your question using this form. Please be sure to enter your e-mail address and contact information correctly so we can respond back to you or contact you if more information is needed.

Via Text Message (SMS)

Send your question to 850-483-0225! This service is typically monitored like our chat service above (in other words, texts sent at 3:00 am probably will not be answered until the next morning!)


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