Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Bringing Back the Bulldogs

Earlier today, Samford University officially announced its plans to "Bring Back the Bulldogs" and resume on-campus, in-person classes and residential life for the Fall 2020 term.  These plans involving the library are as follows:

  • The Samford University Library will be opened only for enrolled students, faculty and staff. Visitors will not be permitted during the Fall semester.

  • The Samford University Library will observe university standards for traffic flow, circulation, signage, maximum capacity and social distancing. Maximum occupancy requirements will be implemented based on a minimum 6-foot separation between persons. Access and occupancy levels will be managed by card swipe when possible and furniture will be configured to accommodate 6-foot social distancing requirements.

  • To promote equitable access for all students and employees, the Samford University Library may implement a reservation system. Books may be reserved or checked out by phone or at the library website. Special Collection, microfiche and other areas requiring personal service by library employees will operate by appointment only.

  • Contactless transactions will be available for many services such as photocopy equipment and check-outs. Sanitization of high touch surfaces will occur at least twice daily and employees and students will be equipped with disinfectant wipes to sanitize after use of spaces. Returned books will be allowed to “cure” in accordance with National Library standards before being returned to stacks.

For more information about the university's overall re-opening plans, please visit the Samford Bring Back the Bulldogs website.

At the time of this post we do not yet know what our operating hours will be once we re-open.  In the meantime, we still have our online guide that can help you contact library departments, conduct research, find instructional support, and ask for help from librarians.  You can access this guide by clicking here.

We will continue to share updates through our social media accounts as they become available:
We look forward to resuming our on-campus operations in the fall.  In the meantime, stay safe everyone!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Library COVID-19 Update

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As of the time of this post, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Samford's campus.  There are however confirmed cases elsewhere in the state of Alabama.  Samford is making significant operational changes to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for students, faculty and staff.

Starting today, March 16th, all university courses have temporarily moved to online delivery. Students will hear directly from faculty regarding instructions for online classes if they have not already done so. Likewise, students with internships or clinical requirements should contact their faculty advisors for guidance if they haven't already.

In addition, based on new guidance from the CDC suggesting sustained community spread and widespread global transmission of COVID-19, Samford University has instructed its employees to work from home beginning Tuesday, March 17th. Our gates will be locked and only essential personnel will be allowed on campus.

The Samford University Library has created an online guide that can help you contact library departments, conduct research, find instructional support, and ask for help while the university is offering online instruction during COVID-19.  You can access this guide by clicking here.

For more information regarding how the university as a whole is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Samford coronavirus website by clicking here.

We will share updates through our social media platforms as they become available:

We look forward to resuming our on-campus operations as soon as possible.  In the meantime, stay safe everyone!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Library Hours for Spring Break

The Samford University Library will be operating under reduced hours during Spring Break next week, starting with closing at 5:00pm Friday, March 6th and remaining closed through the weekend.

The library will be open 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday, March 9th through Thursday, March 12th and will be closed Friday, March 13th through Saturday, March 14th.

We will re-open at 6:00pm on Sunday, March 15th and will resume regular operating hours on Monday, March 16th.

For more information out about hours of operation, please visit our website by clicking here.  Here's wishing all our students a happy and safe (not to mention virus-free) Spring Break! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Library Closed for MLK Day

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The Samford University Library will be CLOSED Monday, January 20th
in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We will resume our normal operating hours for Spring Term 2020
when we re-open at 7:30am Tuesday, January 21st.

You can always find more information about the library's hours of operation

Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving, Finals, and the Christmas Holidays

It's hard to believe that we're already starting to wind down the Fall Semester as it feels we just started back, but with Thanksgiving next week and finals just on the other side that's exactly what's happening.  Here's a look at our operating hours for the remainder of not just the semester but also the year itself:

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The library will close at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will re-open at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1st.


The library will be operating under extended hours for those studying for final examinations, including staying open until 2:00 a.m. on the following dates:
Monday, December 2nd - Thursday, December 5th
Sunday, December 8th - Wednesday, December 11th

In addition, the 2nd floor conference room will be available for additional quiet study space after 5:00 p.m. on selected nights while we are operating under extended hours.

We will also be hosting study breaks during the week of finals -- follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for announcements!

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The library will be open 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 16th through Friday, December 20th.  After that we will be closed through New Year's Day and will re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 2nd.  We wish one and all a joyous holiday season and will see you in 2020!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Welcome back!

No matter how many years we may have been working here at the library, the first day of Fall Semester always has an excitement in the air that you just don't get any other time of the year -- even when the air is as wet as it is today -- so we're thrilled as always to see so many returning faces along with bright-eyed new ones getting their first taste of the Samford experience.  To all our returning students, welcome back!  To all our new students, welcome HOME!

With the start of the new academic year, the library has resumed its normal operating hours.  Please note however that the library will be closing at 8:00pm on Sunday, September 1st and will be CLOSED Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day.  We will re-open at 7:30am on Tuesday, September 3rd.

For more information about our hours of operation, please click here.

The BIG news, however, is that thanks to the generosity from those who contributed to the library's project during Samford's BIG GIVE event in the spring we are able to offer charging lockers to our students!  These charging lockers provide a safe and secure charging options for laptops, tablets, phones, and other portable electronic devices.  These 5-bay lockers are located on the first and second floors next to the copiers, and each bay is equipped with both 110V and USB charging options.  Each bay also features a keypad lock that works just like a hotel safe with user-generated codes.  We're excited to be able to offer this resource to our students and we anticipate many dead batteries brought back to life throughout the year!