William Jewell College Library's Response to COVID-19


The William Jewell College Library has made changes to certain services due to concerns relating to the COVID-19 virus. The general stacks located on the intermediate floor of Curry Hall will remain available 24/7. Please make use of the self-checkout station when possible. If you need a title checked out and have an issue with the self-checkout machine, please email the book barcode or a photo of it to Peter Johnson or Rebecca Hamlett and we will check out the title to you. 

The library is equipped to provide information resources and services to faculty, student, and staff remotely via the library web site. Library staff will be available by email, and can schedule appointments for assistance via Zoom. Faculty, staff and students can email Rebecca Hamlett or Peter Johnson for an appointment in-person or remotely. Requests may be made for Zoom appointments outside of normal business hours.  

Inter-library loan: Incoming MOBIUS and OCLC print materials will be quarantined for 24 hours. Holds are now located on the intermediate floor of Curry Hall near the self-checkout station. Please be prepared for delays in print material requests as regional as well as national libraries are handling the situation individually, ranging from complete closure to remaining open. A list of current partner library status is available hereElectronic interlibrary loan journal article requests will continue to be processed as normal. Once an article is requested it will be sent as a PDF to your Jewell email when it is received. 

Course Reserves: Print course reserve materials are now located on the intermediate floor of Curry Hall near the self-checkout station. Use of these materials is at your own risk and mask and gloves are required prior to handling. Scans of materials may be made using the copier/scanner located in Curry Commons. Faculty: Electronic course materials are strongly encouraged in lieu of print materials on reserve. If you would like to make an appointment to pick up any materials from your course reserves, please email the library staff and we can facilitate pickup. The library staff can also check these materials out to you and provide suggestions on how to make these print materials available on moodle.

Online materials: The library offers a wide range of eBooks, journal article databases, streaming films, and other electronic resources. We are working diligently to ensure uninterrupted access to all of these materials continues for patrons both on and off campus. For assistance in navigating or accessing these resources please contact the library staff by email or phone.

Access Issues: If there are issues accessing a specific resource we will work with you directly to resolve the issue. Please be assured that we are monitoring our systems as closely as possible to ensure uninterrupted access. Please email the library staff or fill out this form to report issues and we will look into the issue immediately. 

Copyright and Fair Use: Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make use of online materials for coursework. Please note, however, that although there have been discussions of copyright guideline leniency, the copyright and fair use laws remain in effect. Faculty should restrict access to course materials only to students and instructors enrolled in the course and utilize Moodle for its password protection capabilities whenever possible. Further, they should provide content only for the period of time needed, and excerpt materials when pedagogically appropriate. This limits the possibility of market harm. Ultimately, the purpose of copyright law, “promot[ing] the Progress of Science and useful Arts,” is served by engaging in these time-limited, purpose-specific uses.

It is evident that making materials available and accessible to students in this time of crisis will almost always be a fair use. As long as we are being thoughtful in our analysis and limiting our activities to the specific needs of our patrons during this time of crisis, copyright law supports our uses. The fair use doctrine accommodates the flexibility required by our shared public health crisis, enabling society to function and progress while protecting human life and safety. 

Barnes and Noble College Bookstore: BN Education proudly operates your William Jewell College Bookstore.  Working with our partners from Vital Source we will be providing free access to etextbooks until the end of the Spring semester to all of our campuses affected by the Covid-19 virus.  BN Education values its relationship with William Jewell and we want to do our best to make sure our students can finish the semester to the best of their abilities. Please see this link for free B&N resources.

Publishers and other free resources: Many of our vendor partners are making ebook collections free at this time. Please check this live link to see what options may be available to you for textbooks and other resources.

Please stay alert to news from campus leadership about the response in this fluid situation. Please continue to check this webpage for library services updates. We appreciate your patience and please stay safe.