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Library Services Updates During COVID-19

Look here for current updates to Cushing Library services during closure and reopening

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Cushing Library Services Update During COVID-19

To ensure the health and safety of all students, staff, and faculty while preserving the continuity of education and research, the library will offer limited scheduled study areas for individual use to current students, staff, and faculty. At this time, we will not open for general public use, group study, or to alumni. 

Users are required to schedule time in the library with our seat reservation system. 

Correct use of face masks must be worn at all time, along with physical distancing, and other COVID-19 health and safety guidelines established by HNU's Coronavirus Response Team

For yours and everyone's safety, all users are required to: 

  • Wear masks properly (over nose and mouth). 
  • Maintain 6-feet of physical distancing. Seating is for individual study only. Please do not move tables or furniture around. 
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.
  • Eating in the library building will not be allowed. Closed container water bottles will be allowed. 
  • Sanitizing wipes are available in the library for you to clean your reserved space.

Current students, faculty and staff will need to register with the Envoy app or check in at the front gate when arriving on campus. HNU is using the Envoy system to both track who is on campus and to ensure the well-being of everyone's health on campus. 

Library Services Available

Services Status Availability
Fall 2021 hours   Monday - Thursday, 9am - 7pm
Friday, 9am - 5pm
Saturday, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, Closed
Fall hours begin August 25th
Contact us by chat, text, or email   Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm Find our chat button, text us at 510-491-0901 or email
Research Help Appointments   Online research help Book a Zoom appointment
Study Space Seat Reservation   Monday - Friday, 1-5pm

Reservations only available for current HNU students, faculty, and staff

Alumni and community members cannot reserve a seat at this time. 

Printing and Scanning   From our desktop computers Printing available from our computer stations
Pick up library materials   Doorside pick up or by mail Learn how to request items for pick up
Returning materials   Book drop or by mail Return materials in our book drop outside the front gate on campus or request a return label by mail. 
Interlibrary Loan Requests   Available but expect delays Place requests using our catalog or submit an ILL request form
Course Reserves   Resumed for Fall 2021 Print reserves will resume in the Fall
Writing Studio   Appointments held online

Open virtually for online appointments

Laptop Checkout   Available through Help Desk

Request for Student Loaner Laptop