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ISU Library to close Dec. 24-Jan. 3
27-Oct-2009

In an effort to reduce costs and conserve energy, the University Library will close its physical facilities for eleven consecutive days during the winter break, from Thursday, December 24, 2009, through Sunday, January 3, 2010. Facilities affected by this closing include the Parks Library, the Veterinary Medical Library, and all library reading rooms.

The e-Library website will continue to be available around-the-clock during this period, providing uninterrupted access to the Library's collection of e-books, e-journals, and other online media. Users accessing these resources from computers that are not on the campus network will be presented with a log in screen and asked to authenticate themselves as members of the ISU community. Login requires a Borrower ID (the last 11 digits of the ISUCard number) and a Library PIN. For instructions on setting your Library PIN, see: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/collections/borrpinnumb.html.

Although e-Library collections will remain accessible, staff-mediated services in the e-Library will be suspended during this period. Users may continue to complete and submit online request forms for services such as Interlibrary Loan or Course Reserve submissions, but these requests will not be processed until normal open hours resume on Monday, January 4. The chat, phone, and instant messaging (IM) components of the "Ask a Librarian" service will not be staffed, and emails directed to this service will be answered when normal open hours resume. Users can report e-Library access problems by email (libweb@iastate.edu) or by voice mail (515-294-1564). To the extent possible, Library IT staff will attempt to respond to problems involving network or database access.

The week between Christmas and New Year's is a period of extremely low building use, and thus a time when facilities might reasonably be closed with minimum inconvenience to the university community. If you have questions or concerns about this plan for reduced library hours, please contact David Gregory, Associate Dean for Research & Access, 302 Parks Library; 515-294-0447 (dgregory@iastate.edu).

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