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Staying Strong: Information for Students

Message to Students

Some of your classes are online and some meet face to face.  You are studying from home, your apartment, or on campus. No matter the mode of instruction or where you are studying from, the library is still ready to help you!


Please follow Meredith Community Standards including wearing of face coverings and maintaining social distance while visiting the library

  • All Library Services points have been outfitted with plexiglass partitions and Floor stickers will indicate where to stand while waiting for service
  • Furniture is arranged to promote social distancing-- We ask that furniture not be moved or rearranged.
  • Stairwells will be one way. Please follow the posted signage.
  • Bookshelf aisles will be limited to one person at a time
  • Study rooms will have posted occupancy limits. Students will be asked to agree to limits when borrowing keys.  See Study Rooms for more information below.
  • Freeman Room is available to students and has a capacity of 10 persons.

Study Rooms
 In addition to open tables and study carrels, the library has several study rooms available.  All six study rooms are available for use, including five on the 2nd floor and one on the ground floor.  Each room's capacity is limited to the number posted by the door, either 1 or 2 people. You may reserve a study room on our Study Room calendar. If this is your first time reserving a study room, you will need to create a free account.  Also, in order to protect the health of fellow students, please be sure to clean work surfaces before and after each use. We are unable to provide rooms for group study during the pandemic crisis.

Library common areas and equipment
Printers,  photocopiers, computers, paper cutters, and vending machines are available for use. Cleaning supplies are readily available throughout the Library and we encourage patrons to engage in frequent cleaning when using common surfaces, and to wash and sanitize their hands often.  Furniture has been relocated to facilitate greater distancing. There are signs to provide additional reminders on social distancing practices, mask requirements, and good hygiene practices. 

Shared office supplies such as staplers, white board markers and erasers, and scissors will be available on the main floor of the library.  Cleaning wipes will also be available at this location.  We ask that patrons use safe social distancing and good hygiene practices when using these shared products.  

  • Get information from our online resources, just like you always have. Visit our Home Page to get started.
  • In addition to picking up books, other print materials, and DVDs in the Library, contact-less pick up is available by appointment Use this form to request library materials.

Our reference librarians will be available at the Ask Desk on the Main floor of the library to assist with your research needs.  In addition, our full schedule of library research support continues to be available remotely.  

Live chat via the library homepage is available:  
Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am–10:00 pm 
Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm-9:00 pm

Call the library at 919-760-8095 or 919-760-8532

Email your liaison librarian  

Schedule a Zoom appointment 

Research guides are also available to help you find online resources to support your work.  Each Research Guide includes the name of the librarian that you can contact for help with your research in that subject area.

Do you need media equipment? Visit the Media Service Desk in the Library or call 919-760-8444. (Media equipment is only available for pick-up by appointment. It will not be mailed and you should not mail equipment back to Meredith. Please return it in person.)

Libraries across the world are suspending loans of books and scans of physical articles and book chapters because most staff are working remotely. Meredith interlibrary loan services will be operating on a limited basis, doing what we can to get resources for you. Let us know your information needs and we will get what we can. Note that the system will not be performing as rapidly or comprehensively during the pandemic.

Borrowing Materials 

The Library bookshelves will be open for you to browse and retrieve your own materials.  Items may also be requested for pick-up.  Requests for materials for pick-up can be made through this request form 

Returning Materials 
Library books may be returned at the exterior book drop located in front of the library  or using the book drop inside the library during open hours.  All AV materials, equipment, DVDs, and ILL books should be returned inside the library if possible.  If you need to make special arrangements or have questions about returning a book or materials please use our chat service or our contact form.

For more information or questions about your account, contact Circulation Supervisor Donna Garner (

The process for making an appointment has not changed for you. Please continue to visit our MyMeredith page ( to access our appointment system.

When you need a break, we have some suggestions. Visit Fun Things To Do and join a book club, try some crafts, or just watch the penguins run about!

Studying Remotely

For students who don't plan to come to campus this fall

The library is ready to support students who are not attending classes on campus this fall.

Most of our collection is available online. Find books and articles using OneSearch or one of our databases. If you need a book or a copy of an article from one of our print-only subscriptions, use these forms to make your request.. We will even send you DVDs from our collection.

If you're having problems finding information or want to improve your results, schedule an appointment with a librarian. We enjoy working with students on their research projects. You can also make an appointment with a Peer Research Tutor through the Learning Center.

For a quick bit of advice, use our Ask A Librarian Chat service. This is available whenever a librarian is available at the Ask Desk. You can also call us at either 919-760-8095 or 919-760-8532.

The Learning Center is offering tutoring in all their subject areas remotely. Be sure to take advantage of their services.