LIBRARY SERVICES UPDATE
The F.D. Bluford Library building is closed for Winter Break. Information about the library's services during COVID-19 is available.
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Library Services and Updates During COVID-19

This page has been created to provide the university community with information regarding library services during COVID-19. Please check back for updates. Last updated Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Welcome

Please note that the library opens to all students Saturday January 23, 2021. Our online services are all available.

The Library has added and expanded its services, both online and in-person. These changes are detailed below.

Visiting Bluford In-Person (Building Closed to Students until January 23, 2021)

  • Bluford Library reopens to students, staff, faculty, and university affiliates with a valid Aggie OneCard on Saturday, January 23, 2021. University employees and people with CTS/Aggie Help Desk appointments can access the building with valid Aggie OneCard during break hours currently. Our schedule is subject to change.
  • Everyone must wear masks in all areas of F.D. Bluford Library at all times. This is mandated by the university's protocols, which requires all employees, students and guests on the North Carolina A&T campus to wear masks and maintain social distance.
  • Cleaning stations are available throughout the library. Each station includes hand sanitizer, paper towels, surface cleaner spray and alcohol wipes.
  • Library patrons may come in to browse and check out materials. However, we will pull materials upon request for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Your Aggie OneCard is required to enter the library. Library seating capacity and desktop computing is reduced roughly to 30% capacity (200 seats; 60 desktops) to accommodate social distancing.

Laptop Lending

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, F. D. Bluford Library fully supports distance and virtual learning initiatives. The Library has created a Laptop Lending Program that offers enrolled students the availability to checkout laptops for academic support and success. These devices can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students living off-campus receive top priority. Request a Laptop.

Instruction and Research Help

Online Chat

Library chat is available via the "Ask Us" widget at the top left of this page.

YouTube Videos

We have created videos about accessing library resources and research materials for faculty to embed in Blackboard and students to view. These videos are available on the library's YouTube channel.

Library Instruction via Zoom

Librarians are available to present a synchronous Zoom class for a session. To schedule a librarian for a class, please complete this form.

Online Consultation Appointments

Librarians are able to meet virtually with students via Zoom to assist them with their research; they can be contacted via email at: ask@ncat.libanswers.com.

Book Check-out and Document Delivery

Bluford offers a variety of ways to check out materials and remain socially distanced. Patrons may request to checkout an item via an online form, and during a library visit, may request an item to be retrieved by staff. Patrons still have the capability of retrieving the item themselves.

  • Fines for late library books are suspended during this academic year.
  • Return books will undergo a 72-hour quarantine before they are checked in and put back on the shelves.
  • Distance Education learners can request mail delivery of books and digital delivery of articles, whether they are accessed through interlibrary loan or owned by NC A&T. If you are not enrolled in a distance program, but still require access due to extenuating circumstances to these services, please email Bluford Library directly at Ask@ncat.libanswers.com or Circ@ncat.edu. There is no charge for this service.
  • (ILL) Interlibrary Loan, a free service for all students, staff, and faculty, provides access to the resources from UNC system and around the world.

Purchasing Requests

Collection purchases for online materials directly related to fall classes are receiving top priority; however, all requests are welcome. Requests for purchase may be sent to libacq@ncat.edu. For questions, a librarian can be reached 24/7 at ask@ncat.libanswers.com.

Special Collections/Archives

Special Collections/Archives is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am – 5pm to students, faculty, and staff, by appointment with the request required 24 hours in advance. 

Temporarily Suspended Services

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety concerns, we are suspending course reserve services in Bluford Library, with limited exceptions.The library is currently working on alternatives to course reserves that meet the community's needs.
  • Group Study and Collaboration Rooms, including individual study rooms, will not be in use. Study carrels are also unavailable at this time.
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Library Building Closed

The library building is currently closed to the public during the university's Winter Break until Saturday, January 23, 2021.

Please use our online services.