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Fall 2020 - Using Your Libraries During COVID-19

Stay safe and "Cowbell Well" in Fall 2020!

We've made some changes for Fall 2020 to help keep our students, faculty, and staff safe. 

Face covering and physical distancing requirements

Mississippi State University has implemented a new policy requiring all students and faculty to wear face coverings while in buildings. Everyone must wear face coverings while in any of our facilities. If you do not comply with this policy, you may be asked to leave the facility. 

We will also be enforcing physical distancing - please keep at least 6 feet of distance from other patrons and our faculty and staff. 

These requirements are in place to protect you and MSU employees - please abide by them. 

For more information, see MSU's Health & Safety Return Plan.

Wear a mask to protect yourself and others

Updated hours

Beginning August 3, Mitchell Memorial Library, Bob and Kathy Luke Architecture Library, and the College of Veterinary Medicine Library will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. All libraries will be closed on weekends until the fall semester begins.

On August 10, the Old Main Academic Center will open to the public from 8:00am until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fall semester hours will begin on August 17. During Fall 2020, the libraries will operate with shortened hours to provide ample time for the cleaning of the Libraries’ facilities.

Mitchell Memorial Library: 

Regular MSU Libraries hours for Fall 2020
Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

For all library hours including Bob and Kathy Luke Architecture Library, College of Veterinary Medicine Library, MSU-Meridian Libraries, and the Jackson Design Center Library, visit our Hours website.

Furniture and equipment changes

  • We've reduced the number of available seats for studying to provide more physical distancing between patrons.
  • We've reduced the number of available computers in the Computer Commons to adhere to physical distancing guidelines.
  • We've added over 50 hand sanitizers throughout the libraries.
  • We've added over 60 hand wipe stations so you can clean areas before you use them.
  • We've removed our hard-to-disinfect cloth furniture, like chairs and sofas.
  • We've added Plexiglass shields to our service desks.
  • We've added two temperature check stations - one on the 1st floor beside the elevators at the Hardy Rd. entrance, and one at the 2nd floor entrance.
Clean your hands frequently
Observe physical distancing
Sanitize surfaces

Cleaning schedules

We will close high-touch areas of the buildings for cleaning at specific times during the day. During these times, we will ask everyone to clear the room for cleaning. Once cleaning is complete, operations will resume. 

Mitchell Memorial Library cleaning schedule
Area Closed for cleaning
Digital Media Center Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Research Services Room Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Computer Commons Monday - Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nicholson Reading Room Monday - Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1st Floor Reading Room Monday - Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
3rd Floor Reading Room - A-M Monday - Friday, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Reading Room - P-S Monday - Friday, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4th Floor Reading Room Monday - Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5th Floor Reading Room Monday - Friday, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Online learning locations

We're providing designated areas for students needing a place to take online classes. Students must provide their own headsets and/or microphones.

Reduced study room capacity

To maintain physical distancing, we've reduced the occupancy of study rooms in the Libraries and in the Old Main Academic Center. Small study rooms are limited to 1 person, and large rooms are limited to 3.