COVID-19 Service Updates

Everything you need to know about Library services during the COVID-19 response.

Please send any questions you may have to library@oxy.edu and we will respond as quickly as possible. You can also visit our COVID Updates FAQ page for additional information.


Academic Commons Hours

The Academic Commons remains closed until further notice, but beginning Monday June 15, the Library and CDLA will resume circulating analog materials and offer additional services for faculty, students, and staff over the summer. 

Research Consultations

As always, librarians, archivists, and technologists are available to meet remotely with faculty, students, and staff for research consultations. Find your disciplinary specialist and make an appointment here: https://www.oxy.edu/academics/library/research-help.

Oxy Books

Books - along with other analog materials - belonging to Occidental College that are already checked out will be automatically renewed through the summer. Library items that are returned late will not be charged any fees. Returns can be placed in the book drop at the main entrance to the Academic Commons.

Summer Curbside Pickup Service

Faculty, students, and staff can request access to our circulating analog materials (books, DVDs, CDs etc.) by placing holds on items via the library catalog or by emailing requests to library@oxy.edu. Materials will be paged by library staff, checked out to the requestor, and placed in disposable bags with the name of the individual for pickup. Requesters will be notified by email when the items are ready and must schedule a pickup time by emailing library@oxy.edu. Pickups will be offered twice per week: on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to Noon. Pickups will take place on the patio at the main entrance to the Academic Commons. We will practice social distancing and require requesters to wear face masks. Returns can be placed in the book drop at the main entrance to the Academic Commons. There will be no recalls until the beginning of fall classes. Please Note: The Library cannot deliver materials to requesters. This is a pickup service only.

Summer Digitization Services

  1. Faculty, students, and staff can request digitization of print and media materials the library owns, including articles and book chapters, DVDs, and CDs by emailing requests to library@oxy.edu. Depending on the size and complexity of the request, orders will typically be completed within one to two weeks. Requesters will be notified by email when the items are ready.
  2. In addition, faculty, students, and staff may request digital copies of primary resources to support their research, teaching, and learning, should contact Special Collections and College Archives at specialcollection@oxy.edu.
  3. Faculty wishing the Library to digitize materials they own should make special arrangements by contacting library@oxy.edu.

Resource Sharing

  1. The Link+ analog lending and borrowing program has been suspended temporarily due to COVID-19.  The Link+ governing body is reviewing the situation and will determine whether or not to restart the program on July 1.  If services are resumed, individual libraries will have the discretion to opt in or out, depending upon their local circumstances.  We’re hopeful that we resume Link+ services at Oxy in July.
  2. Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) analog lending and borrowing services (print books, DVDs, etc.) have been suspended temporarily due to COVID-19.  ILLiad electronic lending and borrowing (articles, book chapters, etc.) is functioning well, given the challenges libraries are currently facing.  We’re fulfilling requests for e-copies of articles and book chapters owned by other libraries that are in e-format or have been digitized.  Requests for materials owned by other libraries that are not already digitized are more challenging to fulfill.  Given current trajectories for reopening academic libraries, we might expect ILLiad analog services to resume in July.

Online Resources

Online resources will continue to be accessible to the Oxy community. Certain resources, such as databases, may require an Oxy login.
For those who have trouble accessing library resources from off-campus, we are advising them to go to https://www.oxy.edu/offices-services/its/help to troubleshoot.

Special Collections & College Archives

Located in the Academic Commons, the Special Collections & College Archives department is closed for visits. Working remotely, the librarian/archivists are available to assist in identifying primary resources, be these physical or digital collections. Research consultations are by appointment only via phone or video conferencing. To schedule a consultation with Helena de Lemos, Anne Mar and/or Dale Ann Stieber, please visit Special Collections & College Archives section on the Research Help page. 

In addition, faculty, students, and staff may request digital copies of primary resources to support their research by contacting Special Collections and College Archives directly at specialcollection@oxy.edu