The library is following all University guidelines regarding the safe return to campus for students, faculty, and staff. This page outlines the specific safety measures and operating procedures in place in McDonald Library and at the Connection Center in the Conaton Learning Commons. The library provides support and resources for faculty and students in a remote learning environment as well. For any questions, email the library staff at

Library and CLC Hours

Fall Semester 2020

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30am-11:00pm
  • Friday: 7:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm-11:00pm

November 30, 2020 - January 15, 2021 (see here for break and holiday hours)

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Social Distancing

  • Entry and exit doors are clearly marked. Follow these guidelines to help facilitate social distancing when coming in and going out of buildings.
  • The furniture in the public spaces and classrooms has been set to maintain social distancing. Proper placement is indicated by white tape lines on the floor. Please do not move the furniture. 
  • Observe the social distancing markers on the floor in places where you might wait in line, such as at the Connection Center and in front of the elevators, and keep 6' between you, other patrons, and staff members at all times.
  • Limit occupancy in elevators to one person at a time.

Study and Zoom Space

There are spaces available on all floors of the library and CLC for quiet study, participating in online classes via Zoom, and group work. Students are encouraged to make use of the spaces as needed, while observing social distancing and being considerate of fellow students. General guidelines include:

Quiet Study
  • Library: basement, 1st and 3rd floors
Online with Zoom
  • Library: 2nd floor
  • CLC: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors
  • CLC: 5th floor (follow procedures for appointments with student support services on this floor as well)
Group Study Rooms

There are twelve group study rooms in the CLC available to reserve online.


 In-Person Check Out

Items may be checked out and holds picked up in person at the Connection Center on the 3rd floor of the CLC. Patrons must be wearing a mask to receive service at the desk. Plexiglas dividers are in place to provide protection between patrons and staff members. Observe the social distancing markers on the floor in front of the desk and keep 6' between you, other patrons, and staff members at all times. 

No-Contact Hold Pickup

Place a hold on Xavier owned materials in XPLORE using the Request button and set an appointment for the time you wish to pick up the item(s). Library staff will check out the item(s) to your account and have them ready when you arrive. You can make the appointment by clicking the link at the time of placing the hold, from the email letting you know your hold is ready, or by following this link.

Returning Library Items

Materials may be returned with no contact to the Connection Center desk or the book return to the left of the McDonald Library entrance (across from Hinkle Hall). All items will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. If after 72 hours your returned items have not been removed from your account, email

OhioLINK materials may be returned to any OhioLINK library. For help finding the location nearest you, email


All materials returned to Xavier Library will be quarantined for 72 hours before being reshelved or made available for check out. This may cause delays in availability of materials.

There are carts available on all floors of the library and the 3rd floor of the CLC in which to place materials that you touch but don't take with you. These items include books that you browse but don't check out and book sale items that you consider but don't purchase. These materials will also be quarantined for 72 hours.


OhioLINK requesting is scheduled to resume on August 10. OhioLINK materials will be quarantined for 72 hours upon arrival to Xavier before being made available to you. Plan on 7-10 business days for your requests to be ready for pickup. You may request no-contact hold pickup for OhioLINK items; see above. 

Course Reserves

All items returned to Xavier Library will be quarantined for 72 hours before being reshelved, including items on reserve. This means course reserve items will be less accessible than usual. Faculty members wishing to talk to their librarian liaison about possible alternatives can find contact information here.


All Cards with X-Cash must be used for all financial transactions. Cash and checks will not be accepted.

Research Assistance

Librarians are available for virtual research assistance Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm by chat from the library's homepage or email at You also may contact your personal librarian by email or to request a Zoom consultation.

Library Instruction

Library instruction is available and faculty are encouraged to work with their librarian liaison to schedule classes. We recommend virtual learning sessions through Zoom, but librarians may choose to come to in-person classes depending on classroom capacity, the ability to safely social distance, and faculty preferences. Librarians also can create video demonstrations of research databases and search strategies, as well as course- or topic-specific research guides.


The makerspace on the 1st floor of the library is open Monday-Wednesday, 11:00am-4:00pm, by appointment only. The layout and supply list have changed to facilitate social distancing and safe handling of materials. We are still able to offer our most popular resources, including 3D printing, laser etching, Virtual Reality, and button making, along with expert support and guidance. Make an appointment in advance to use the space. We welcome faculty members wishing to bring classes to the makerspace and are able to accommodate this with some modifications. Email Christian Sheehy at to arrange.

University Archives and Special Collections

University Archives and Special Collections is open by appointment only to faculty, staff, and students. Research appointments for the broader Xavier community and the public will open later this fall.

Making a Research Appointment
  • All research is by appointment only. Researchers must contact Anne Ryckbost, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at to schedule an appointment at least 48 hours ahead of time. Entrance for walk-in visitors is not permitted
  • Research appointments will occur in two-hour blocks (e.g. 9:00-11:00am)
  • Researchers must request specific materials to view ahead of their visit. To request specific materials, review collection information or rare books and complete the User Registration Form
    • Materials are viewed at a box level, so only list each box once on the form
    • Refer to the finding aid’s container inventory in order to identify specific boxes
    • Enter the title and call number if using a rare book
    • Researchers are permitted to request up to three boxes or volumes at a time
  • UASC staff will email you to confirm that your registration form has been received and address any questions or special considerations ahead of the research visit
The Research Visit
  • Only one researcher is permitted at a time in the UASC Research Room
  • All researchers and staff are required to observe distancing guidelines and Xavier campus guidelines
  • All researchers must wear masks/face coverings during their time in the UASC Research Room. UASC staff will also be wearing masks/face coverings
  • Researchers will be asked to wash their hands thoroughly after arriving and anytime necessary during their visit. While the library will have hand sanitizer available, researchers using UASC must rinse or wash hands after using hand sanitizer and before handling collection materials to ensure that no sanitizer residue is transferred to the materials as it may damage them. Hand sanitizer is not permitted in the UASC Research Room
  • Materials will be ready on a cart for a research visit. Researchers are asked to use only one box or volume at a time
  • Researchers will be asked to follow normal research procedures, including leaving all materials on the research table when finished with their use. When researchers are finished with a box/volume, they will alert staff and staff will remove the box/book and set up any new material
  • Researchers will not be asked to wear gloves except to view photographs or handle metal or textiles
  • If researchers are feeling unwell, they are asked to cancel or reschedule their appointment



Laptops are available for daily check out at the Connection Center and will be sanitized between transactions. If you are a student in need of a laptop long-term for remote learning, you must have a faculty member or your success coach email to request this.  

Public Computers, Printers, and Multi-Functional Devices (Copiers)

Workstations and equipment are available on the 1st floor of McDonald, the 2nd floor of McDonald and CLC, and the 3rd floor of CLC. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using the equipment. Do not clean equipment with disinfectant or sanitizer.

Visitor Logins

To facilitate reduced capacity occupancy in the buildings and follow campus guidelines, visitor logins for the public computers are not available for fall 2020. For special events or exceptions, email


  • Current newspapers and popular magazines are no longer available for browsing on the 3rd floor of the library. Ask a librarian for assistance if you need one of these issues.
  • Bulletin boards are not available for posting flyers.
  • The hydration station on the 3rd floor of McDonald is available.The water fountains in both buildings are turned off.