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Library Collections Purchasing in Response to COVID-19

The Library has adjusted ordering procedures and collection development priorities for academic year 2020-2021 to accommodate online courses, limited circulation of physical items, and reduced in-person staffing to process new items. Our priority is to ensure public and staff safety while continuing to support the UConn community's curricular and research needs. 

  1. All ordering in 2020-21 will be for ebooks and other electronic materials whenever possible.
  2. No rush orders of print are possible due to quarantine periods for materials and limited onsite staffing. Patrons will retrieve materials via low-contact pickup from the library.
  3. The Library has partnered with academic publishers to give short-term access to tens of thousands of ebooks. Access to the vast majority of these titles will extend through June 30, 2022 or longer. The most used titles will be purchased in perpetuity at the end of the academic year.

When possible, electronic alternatives of library-owned materials will be purchased to:

  1. Replace books/DVDs normally placed on Course Reserves or assigned to classes;
  2. Replace DVDs that normally would be shown in the classroom;
  3. Replace assigned physical materials previously available from the library;
  4. Replace a physical copy of library-owned books needed for research if libraries are closed and no circulating options are available, or if the requesting patron is unable to pick up print materials.

Please submit a request to purchase a COVID-19 electronic alternative. You may also submit a list of your Summer or Fall 2021 assigned books and DVDs to as soon as possible. Include date needed and assigned term(s). If electronic versions are not available, library subject specialists will consult with faculty to locate an acceptable alternative.

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Other Library COVID-19 Updates

To learn about all UConn Library services during the COVID-19-impacted summer 2021 term, please visit the Library's COVID-19 Updates.