Covid-19 Library Essential Information

UWF Libraries Phased Reopening and Important Information

This page summarizes and highlights portions of the more detailed Re-opening the University Libraries – Fall 2020 document.

As you prepare to visit the libraries, please know that we’ve made updates based on guidance from the university and health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It may be different from the last time you visited. But together, we can ensure your academic needs are successfully met.

Guiding Principles
At UWF Libraries, important updates have been made to promote:

  • Enhanced Cleaning
  • Physical Distancing
  • Reduced Contact

Top Things You Should Know When We Reopen:

  • All library locations are closed to the general public. You must have an institutional identification card or valid username to enter any library location.
  • Face coverings are required for all library guests.
  • A Nautilus card swipe system has been installed at the entrance of Pace Library.
  • In order to limit COVID exposure risk, study carrels and group study rooms will not be available during the Fall semester.
  • All computers will be socially-distanced to ensure physical distancing of our students.
  • The 3rd and 4th floor Pace Library book stacks will be unavailable. Library staff will be on hand to assist with retrieving items from this area for your convenience.
  • Upon reopening, other library spaces and offerings may be modified and will be limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure, based on direction from the university to promote physical distancing.

Library Hours

All library locations will have limited hours of operation and the schedule may change abruptly due to multiple factors (including University directive). You are strongly encouraged to visit our official library hours page at before visiting to confirm the schedule for that particular day.

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).

John C. Pace Library
The UWF John C. Pace Library will reopen with reduced hours and reduced access to certain spaces. Furniture will be spaced appropriately and cleaning supplies will be available for students to wipe study tables down before and after using. Returned equipment and materials will be quarantined and then cleaned before returning to circulation. Late fees will continue to be waived until the library is fully operational.

Skylab (5th Floor Pace Library)
The 5th Floor seating capacity is limited to 16 people. The area is reserved for multimedia production using the Adobe Creative Suite, graphic design, video editing, and 3D modeling/drafting software. Software assistance will be available onsite using remote access/remote control software. All users are expected to work alone and maintain social distancing guidelines (no group work). 3D printing services will be available for coursework, research and school related projects. Contact Skylab via email for more information about 3D printing.

University Archives (Pace Library Basement)
The Archives will be by appointment only and appointments may be made by phone or email. Virtual research consultations will be available through Google Chat. Where possible the staff will offer extended research services for users and digitization of materials for remote access. Times and durations of appointments will vary depending on demand as well as the nature of the research question.

Professional Studies Library (Bldg. 86, Room 105)
The Professional Studies Library will have reduced hours as well as offer assistance by appointment.

Emerald Coast Library (Ft. Walton Beach)
The Emerald Coast Library will be open reduced hours. Emerald Coast students, faculty and staff will be encouraged to access the collection and services via reduced-contact means including virtual consultations, paging and scheduled pickup of library materials, remote or Canvas-embedded instruction, etc. General Collection materials returned to the library will be quarantined for 72 hours prior to handling/processing by library staff. Textbook Reserves, equipment and other high-use materials returned to the library will be cleaned with sanitizing wipes as well as possible, and borrowers will be cautioned to use care in handling the items they check out from the library.

Can I Still Check Out Items with Limited Contact?

Yes. Use the "Request It" link in the catalog to place your request. Once your request has been placed, library staff will retrieve the item, check it out to you, and then notify you with pickup details. Most items will be available to pick up in the Pace Library airlock. Please note that requests can take up to 3 business days.

How Do I Return Loaned Materials?

Pace Library (Building 32) is accepting technology and book returns whenever the building is open. All late fees are currently suspended.

You can renew books on our website at:

The Pace Library (Building 32) book drop is open, but remote book drops are closed. DO NOT USE THE BUILDING BOOK DROP TO RETURN TECHNOLOGY.

Textbooks and Course Reserve Materials

Textbook reserves and Course Reserves will circulate. Staff will clean items between use. Students are encouraged to wash their hands after using any of these materials.

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

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.

Interlibrary Loans/UBorrow

Requests may be made via our databases and your ILLiad accounts for both electronic and physical items, e.g. books and DVDs. Please note that while we have resumed service for requesting physical items, there may be delays in service or problems filling the request due to limited libraries participating in interlibrary loan during the pandemic. The state catalog UBorrow system has resumed service, and items may be requested. Information about pick-up and returns are the same as UWF items and may be found above. Send questions to Britt McGowan,

Open Access to Resources during COVID-19

Some publishers are lifting restrictions on e-resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UWF Librarians have created (and will continue to update) this page - - with resources as they become available.

Graduate Semester Carrel Information

Both semester and short term carrels will be unavailable for fall 2020. Please check back in Spring 2021 for carrel updates.

Information Desk

For those visiting the Pace Library, our Information Desk has transitioned to two virtual walk-up stations. A library staff member will be available to assist you at the walk-up virtual station for any research assistance during library building hours.

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 and email service is available to use on most devices (including iPads). This service is monitored from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 9:00 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!)

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to create shared spaces and resources that respect the health and well-being of all our visitors.


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