Happy 2021 & Welcome Back!


Welcome back! We are excited to see you again whether in-person or virtually! Below includes information about the newest updates and changes to policies, staffing, hours, library, spaces, etc. amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For up-to-date information, please visit the library’s COVID guide at http://salve.libguides.com/COVID-19. Refer also to our FAQs for answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

Library Hours
Library hours will remain the same as last fall, which are as follows:

  • Sunday: 10am-1am
  • Monday-Thursday: 8am-1am
  • Friday: 8am-6pm
  • Saturday: 11am-6pm

Safety Guidelines
McKillop Library is open to current Salve students, faculty and staff via Salve ID swipe. Library staff has instituted distancing measures in the library’s study spaces to keep the Salve community safe. Masks are required, properly worn, throughout the building at all times.

Hand sanitizing stations and cleaning wipes and supplies will be available. Library staff will also clean surfaces hourly. Books/DVDs will be quarantined for three (3) days upon return (please allow up to 3 days for returned items to be removed from your library account).

New Library Staff
Welcome Lisa Kenyon, Education & Instruction librarian and Erin Perfect, Research & Instruction librarian. We’re very excited to have them here and know that they will receive a warm Salve welcome!

Food & Drink
McKillop Café is open and food may be consumed on the café side of the first floor only. Masks are still required on that floor, though people can remove them while actively eating. Food is not permitted anywhere else in the library, but beverages can be consumed throughout– we ask that the Salve community drink beverages through a straw under their mask or briefly remove their mask to sip, and then put it back on.

Research Assistance
The research & information desk will not be regularly staffed but librarians are available for research help via chat, phone, email, virtual conference and in-person walk-in at the Circulation desk.

Course Reserves
McKillop Library will continue to offer physical reserves while in-person classes remain in session, and will offer online reserves through the fall and spring semesters.

Book a Study Room

You can book one of three technology-equipped study rooms online at https://salve.libcal.com/reserve/studyrooms. Please note maximum capacity for each room based on social distancing guidelines. Rooms can be booked up to four days in advance.



Please remember:

  • Adhere to capacity limits for study rooms.
  • Masks and social distancing are required in study rooms, even if alone.
  • No food in study rooms (beverages only).
  • Please clean surfaces before and after using the rooms (wipes are supplied on each floor).

Anyone found repeatedly violating these rules may be restricted from reserving study rooms.

Resources for Remote Students/Faculty
For local Salve community members teaching or learning remotely, we are offering curbside delivery of requested items. Simply request your item(s) through our catalog. You will receive an email notification when your item(s) are ready for pickup (1-2 business days for Salve items, 2-3 business days for HELIN items, 3-7 day average for Interlibrary Loan books). Come to the library at your convenience and when you arrive, please call the front desk at 401-341-2294, let us know whether you are at the front or back entrance and we will deliver your items to you.

If you are learning or teaching remotely and unable to get to campus, we will mail your items to you, upon request. Please note: as a cost-saving measure, we use USPS Media Mail for all mailed items. This service takes up to 8 business days for delivery, and often longer due to current circumstances, so please keep important assignment deadlines in mind when requesting to receive items by mail. Books requested from other HELIN libraries will take an extra few days to be delivered, so this should be factored into your plans for requesting to receive items by mail. Items mailed from McKillop Library do not include pre-paid postage for return.

It remains library policy that books requested via interlibrary loan will NOT be mailed, as the lending libraries are not part of our consortium and have different policies.

Salve students, faculty and staff are also welcome to return borrowed items to the book drop near McKillop Library’s front entrance. Items may also be returned using the USPS Media Mail option. View our FAQ page for specific instructions on shipping books.

The library offers many options for remote research such as databases for articles in virtually any subject area and access to thousands of ebooks and electronic newspapers. Visit our database page for links, descriptions and access.

Library Events
Our events have gone virtual! See a full list of up-coming events throughout the semester and register for online events at https://salve.libcal.com/. You can even save events to your Outlook or Google calendars and share via Facebook or Twitter!

New Arrivals
Check out our newest selection of books and DVDs! Below is a sampling of our new releases or browse all newest acquisitions.

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We look forward to seeing you throughout the semester (from a safe distance!). Take care of yourselves and each other. #salvesgotthis

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