University Library

Safe on Campus - Library

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 (CLC). 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

Summer 2021

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm-4:00pm

For break and holiday hours, see here.


Effective August 9, 2021, per the University Campus Indoor Masking Update:

  • The University is now requiring students, employees, visitors, and contractors to wear a mask when indoors in a campus building, including all classrooms, lab spaces and offices
  • This requirement applies to all community members, regardless of vaccination status

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 if appropriate and being considerate of fellow students. General guidelines include:

Quiet Study

  • Library: basement, 1st and 3rd floors

Online with Zoom

  • Library: 2nd floor (moveable panels allow students to configure spaces for privacy and comfort)
  • 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. 

Quick Pickup (Contactless)

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 may request Quick Pickup for materials coming from OhioLINK as well. You can make the pick up appointment by clicking the link at the time of placing the hold for Xavier materials, 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, the book return to the left of the McDonald Library entrance (across from Hinkle Hall), or the book return to the left of the CLC main 3rd floor entrance. 

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


Umbrellas, phone chargers, and calculators are available for check out. All items will be sanitized upon return.  

Research Assistance

Librarians are available for research assistance by chat Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-12:30pm from the library's homepage, in person Monday-Thursday, 12:30pm-4:00pm at the Connection Center Desk in the CLC, by text at 513-773-3263, and by email at You also may contact your personal librarian by email or to request an in-person or Zoom meeting.

Library Instruction

Library instruction is available and faculty are encouraged to work with their librarian liaison to schedule classes. Instruction may be either virtual via Zoom or in person depending on the research needs and librarian 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 closed for the summer. See our online guide.

University Archives and Special Collections

University Archives and Special Collections is closed for in-person appointments until further notice. Contact Anne Ryckbost for research questions and visit our digital collections in Exhibit.



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, email to request this. 

Laptops, document cameras, and iPads are available for faculty to check out for long-term use. Contact Meg Martin for questions about these. 

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

Visitors may access the Xavier wireless guest network with their personal devices. Visitor logins for the public computers are not available. For special events or exceptions, email


The hydration stations and water fountains in both buildings are available.


For questions about the library's response to COVID and safe operations on campus, contact Alison Morgan.