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Auraria Library 07.06.2020

Safe Return Phase 1

The Auraria Library is initiating a phased reopening plan to provide additional resources, while prioritizing the health and well-being of our library employees and users. Library leaders will continuously assess safety during each phase and will proceed to the next phase once certain conditions are met. Phases are subject to change based on Auraria Campus policies and the evolving impacts of COVID-19. 

Phase I: 10th Street book drop reopens 

The Auraria Library’s 10th St. bookdrop will reopen. Auraria Library users will be able to return materials to the bookdrop between Monday at 10 a.m. to Friday at 3 p.m. The bookdrop will be closed and locked Saturdays and Sundays.  

Users returning items to the 10th St. book drop will not be penalized for late returns during Phase I. All previous due dates are extended to August 24, 2020. Materials borrowed during Phase II will follow our standard return policies. 

Proper disinfecting procedures are in place for all returned materials. Please allow up to two weeks for returned materials to be disinfected and the information updated in your account. 

All other library physical spaces and services remain unavailable. 

How can I access online resources? 

All students, faculty, and staff of the Auraria Campus can access resources such as eBooks, articles, and streaming videos online using their institutional login credentials. For help accessing library resources, please visit our Off-Campus Access & Help page. If you encounter a problem using online Library materials submit a Report a Problem form.  

We also offer these helpful resources, among many others: 

  • 24/7 live chat on our Ask Us page. 
  • Members of the campus community can schedule a one-on-one research consultation via phone or Zoom video conferencing software. 
  • Library staff are available for research questions sent to
  • Requests for online articles and eBook chapters from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan will be fulfilled.  
  • Prospector is unavailable until further notice. 

How can I stay updated? 

As the Auraria Library moves through the different phases of this reopening plan and prioritizes safety, information will be updated in this article and shared on our social media: @AurariaLibrary on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  

Users can also check the All Hours section and real-time status of the library on our website. 

Please refer to your respective institution’s COVID-19 webpage for more info about their safe return to campus plans: 

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  • What Help is Available?
    Please visit our Auraria Library COVID-19 Updates for the latest updates about what services are currently available.

  • Visit the Ask Us Desk
    The Ask Us Service Desk is located on the first floor of the Library and provides in-person help by answering questions about the Library, Campus, or three Institutions. This service also loans anatomical items, technology items (such as phone charges and calculators), plus course reserves, or textbooks, for some classes. Please visit the Auraria Library COVID-19 Updates for information about when this service will be available.

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    Research consultations are for in-depth and lengthy discussions about research questions. Please use Schedule a Research Consultation Form to request an appointment. We can help you out via Zoom or over the phone. Due to the level of preparation needed, appointments should be made 48 hours in advance. If you need immediate help, please use our 24/7 chat service.


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