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Is Morris Library open?

Portions of Morris Library are still open for students, staff and faculty to access WiFi and/or needing study space. The first floor computer lab (room 139) has 14 computers, a scanner, and a printer for use. The first floor study area around Delyte’s is also open for users. Both of these areas are available Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. You will need to enter these spaces via the north or east doors. Morris Library proper is currently closed until further notice.

Other open campus computer labs might have limited availability over the summer. Check their hours at

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How can I access Morris Library materials?

Governor Pritzker has officially moved Illinois to the next phase of his Restore Illinois Plan. Although this does not include face-to-face services, Morris Library is now offering patrons access to our collection.

To access items from the Morris Library collection, you can submit your request via this form. We will be processing requests on a strict schedule. Any request that is submitted before 8am, will be available the same day at 1pm in the North Entrance by Lincoln’s statue on open hold shelves. The items will be pre-checked out to your account and you can simply pick them up. If a request cannot be processed for any reason, we will contact you via email to let you know. Requests made after 8am will be available the next business day. Your items will remain available for pickup for 3 business days only. If you do not pick them up, we will remove them from your account and return them to circulation after a short quarantine period. Due to building hours, requests will only be available Monday-Friday.

If patrons request 10 or more items, we may require additional time to process your request. We will email you to alert you of a later pickup if this is the case. Requests for articles or book chapters via interlibrary loan that we do not own will still be processed, but due to the closures still in effect across the country this service may take longer. We ask that patrons be patient as your request is processed by lending libraries. We cannot expedite this service and any duplicate requests will be canceled. For help accessing library resources from off-campus, see our help guide or contact Ask-A-Librarian.

Requests for articles or book chapters via interlibrary loan that we do not own will still be processed, but due to the closures across the country this service may take longer.

For help accessing library resources from off-campus, see our help guide or contact Ask-A-Librarian.

Due to Morris Library service desks being closed, we are unable to provide Courtesy Cards for community users.


I have books currently checked out to me from Morris (or another library). I don’t want to come to Morris to return them – how do I avoid any overdue fines?

  • All interlibrary loan books (pink bands) are being automatically renewed until July 1, 2020.
  • Morris Library and I-Share items will not be accruing fines.
  • All items returned by July 1 will not accrue any fines.


How do I return my books to Morris Library during the COVID-19 closure?

If you are still in Carbondale, you may return items to the bookdrops located in the North entrance of the building. Any items returned before June 1 that went overdue after March 6 will not accrue fines.

If you are not currently in Carbondale, you can return items a couple of ways. If you are in Illinois the easiest way to get items back to us would be to return them to your nearest I-Share library. If you don’t know where these libraries are located, you can consult this map.

Students with laptops may not use this option to return their laptop and charger to us. They must be returned in-person or via mail.

If you are out-of-state or not near an I-Share library, you may mail the items back to us. The cheapest option is to ship items to us using the Media Mail rate at the US Post Office. To estimate your cost to ship, you should weigh the cost of the box with the books inside and compare it to the post office’s chart on their website.

If you choose to mail items back, you are strongly encouraged to purchase insurance from the post office. The price is very reasonable.

Any students returning in the fall semester that would prefer to hold onto their items until August, may renew their items online or contact the library for a due date extension.


What materials are available online?

All of our online journals and articles remain available and may be searched through OneSearch and the individual databases.

Morris Library also offers access to a large collection of ebooks through its library catalog, with other sources listed at This selection includes open access textbooks.

Our streaming video collection includes over 68,000 videos from Alexander Street Press covering history, performing arts, art, architecture, nursing, criminal justice, counseling, education, rehabilitation, sports medicine and exercise science.

Multiple publishers currently offer temporary access to their online collections due to COVID-19.


What does the Morris Library computer lab in Room 139 offer?

The computer lab in room 139 continues to be available for use during the pandemic. The computers, including the keyboard, mouse, and cables as well as the tables are cleaned daily.

The computers all have Internet access and are loaded with the following software. Do note that users cannot install additional software.

  • Windows 10
  • MS Office 2019
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Google Chrome Browser
  • IBM SPSS Statistics 25
  • IE Browser
  • Respondus LockDown Browser
  • Microsoft Media Player
  • VLC Media Player
  • Wordpad
  • Notepad
  • Zoom

The computers in Classroom 139 do not have external speakers and users need to bring their own earbuds or headphones to hear audio.

A scanner and printer are available for use.

The machines do have built-in cameras that work with Respondus Lockdown Browser. However, these cameras are NOT compliant with test that require a movable webcam to prove the area is secure. If you need this level of security, we recommend CLC2 (ASA 112), which has a webcam that can be checked out.

Please note that CLC2 and other campus computer labs might have limited availability over the summer.