A Message from Barbara Galik, Executive Director of the Library

Welcome back to campus! We’ve missed you and are happy to have you back! COVID-19 has brought many changes to campus and we want you to be aware of the changes that affect the library building and library services.


Access to all the units in the Library, including Academic Success Center, CTEL, Technology Help Desk and others, will be managed by the Entrance Desk situated near the entry doors.

Masks must be worn at all time everywhere in the building. Do NOT remove your masks. You may lift them to take a drink but they must immediately be replaced.

Access to the Library is by swipe access only. You MUST have your Bradley ID to swipe into the building. We will NOT look you up in the database.

As you enter the building, you will be asked where you are going and given a marker for that destination. You are required to go directly to that destination only. Staff in each unit have determined how many people they can safely serve at a time, so if they are at capacity, you must wait until they are able to host you. When you leave the building, please return the marker in the bin at the table in the entry.

Access to the Academic Success Center and Special Collections Center is available by appointment only.


The Library has undergone several changes over the past few months to enable us to offer the best services possible while maintaining social distance. Our seating capacity is about 25% of what it was before and it has been set up to allow social distancing. All soft furniture has been moved and sanitation stations have been set up for you to wipe down the chair and table you use.

Do NOT move any chairs or furniture in the building. It has been set up this way for safe social distancing.

No food is allowed in the Library. When the Stacks Café is open, you must use the external door to access the area. It has also been set up for social distancing.

Drinks in containers that can be easily closed are allowed.

Books have to be quarantined for 3 days after they are touched; journals with glossy pages have to be quarantined for 4 days after they are touched. For that reason:

  • No current periodicals or newspaper are available
  • There is NO direct access to materials in the book stacks or CMC. Please request items from these collections at the Circulation Desk. They will be paged for you and brought to the Circulation Desk to be checked out.
  • The Reference collection and the bound periodical collection on the second floor will be open. Do NOT shelve any of these materials after you have touched them. Please put the items in the bins provided near these collections.

Please wipe down the table and chair where you studied. There are sanitation stations on the first and second floors.

One on one consultations with library faculty will be done on line. Please contact the Reference Desk at 677-3502 or send an email to reference@fsmail.bradley.edu to set up an appointment.

One on one or small group meetings to discuss group projects with a library faculty member will be held on line.

“Chat reference” (https://www.bradley.edu/academic/lib/) is available when the library is open. If the desk is not being monitored, you can send an email and we will respond as soon as we can.

Students will schedule their own time in the library using the EMS system. They will use “Library Seat Reservations”. Please see attached instructions.

We will also be setting aside rooms in the academic buildings for students to participate in their online classes or for additional study space throughout the day. A schedule of this will be soon posted to the Return to Class webpage.

   Library Seat Reservation Instructions