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Remote Resources and Services

This guide is to provide information about the availability of library resources for remote classes due to campus closures in light of the changing COVID-19 situation.

Information You Need

Library Services

During disruption to our normal university routine in response to COVID-19, the Park University Library will provide information and updates about library services here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can also check our FAQ page for more information.

Free Resources for You

Many publishers are making content free for a short time during the stay-at-home orders. You can browse this content for homework help, the video of the week, and more.

Online Resources and Tools

The library offers many online resources and tools, including access to thousands of articles and ebooks through our databases. We also have research guides for specific subjects and classes, as well as a Library Canvas course for information about research.

Reference & Research Assistance

Faculty and students can meet with a librarian via Zoom between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Time. Electronic “walk-ins” may be possible, but an appointment will ensure we have set aside time for the meeting.

We may be able to meet outside of those hours to accommodate patrons in other time zones. Please ask for what you need!

Reference questions can be submitted via email or the Chat feature on our website.

Library Instruction

Library instruction can be held via Zoom, or asynchronously using the library's online resources.

For questions about library instruction or to schedule a session for your online course, please contact Allison Rand at


If you don't find the full-text articles you need using our databases, please ask us to help you. You can fill out our ILL form or email with the citation(s) of the articles needed. If you have questions, email For help finding articles, email

Due to increased volume of requests and decreased service hours from other libraries, there may be a slightly longer turnaround on article requests than usual. We encourage you to put your requests in early if possible.

Borrowing Books

We have over 200,000 ebooks. The best tools to search for them are Pirate Search and JSTOR.

We will mail physical books from our collection to your address on file. We recommend a 2-day quarantine of the books when they arrive. You can place your request through Park's Online Catalog or by emailing

Due to restrictions of other libraries, lending through MOBIUS and Interlibrary Loan will be slow, if it is possible at all. If we are able to borrow, the book will likely be more than a week in transit to us, and then it must be mailed to you. Again, we recommend a 2-day quarantine of the book upon arrival.

Is It Safe to Check Out Physical Books from the Library during the Public Health Crisis?

Please "quarantine" your newly received library books for 48-72 hours. In other words, leave the package unopened, and set it aside on a shelf or in a cabinet. This may not be necessary, since shipped packages don't seem to pose a threat. However, given that many libraries have stopped lending physical books altogether, we consider this a reasonable middle path.

The virus has been shown to be viable on cardboard for less than 24 hours and on plastics, such as many book covers, for up to 72 hours. (Read the prepub here.)

Please follow the CDC's guidelines for protecting yourself (handwashing, not touching your face, social distancing).

Here are a few of the resources we've reviewed. If you have updated information, please email This situation changes rapidly, and we welcome your help in tracking it.

Last update 3/25/2020

Reserve Books

Facutly with questions about Reserve Books should contact  Faculty may request sections of Reserve Books be scanned and uploaded to the Canvas course shell during this health emergency. Due to low onsite staffing levels, there may be a slight delay in completing the scanning.  We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible about this.

Students in need of Reserve Books should contact their instructor.

Returning Books

The Park University Library is extending due dates on items owned by us to May 31, 2020.  If you receive an overdue notice in error, please email

Many of the libraries we borrow from are also extending due dates. If you have questions about your specific checked-out item, email

You may mail your books back. For a return mailing label, email with your correct mailing address.

If you have books to return and you are on campus, you can leave them with Mail Services. They are open Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, subject to change.

Norrington Center Services

The Norrington Center closed at noon on Monday, March 23, 2020. The building will remain closed until further notice. 

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