Coronavirus Closure FAQ

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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, 10am–4pm. You will need to enter these spaces via the north or east doors. Morris Library proper is currently closed until further notice.

Campus IT's Computer Learning Centers are closed for the summer term.

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How can I access Morris Library materials?

Morris Library is now offering patrons access to materials in our collection. You can submit your request using the online catalog. Once you identify the item you want, use the request button under the Get It label as shown below. You will have to login using your SIU Network ID and password to see and use this service.

a screenshot of the an item record in the library catalog with the request option highlighted

We process requests on a set 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 for pickup will only be available Monday-Friday, 10-4pm.

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 and please don’t submit duplicate requests as they will be deleted.

If you wish to borrow an item that for some reason does not have the request option in the catalog, please email Marissa Ellermann ( or Steven Sawyer ( for assistance

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.


What is the status of I-Share?

Because of COVID-19, many libraries around Illinois are unable to lend physical items through I-Share, limiting the availability of some materials.

The list of libraries currently participating in I-Share lending can by found on I-Share's website.

Do note that this situation is in flux, so the list of participating libraries can change without notice.


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?

  • Interlibrary loan books (pink bands) were automatically renewed until July 1, 2020. Subsequent due dates vary by individual lending libraries. Refer to the following section for guidance on returning interlibrary loan (pink band) materials. You can try to request a renewal, but if the lending library doesn’t approve the request you should return the item to Morris Library so we can send it back. Please refer to the section below for instructions on how to return items.
  • Morris Library and I-Share items have been automatically renewed until October 1, 2020, and will not be accruing 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 October 2, 2020, 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.


What materials are available online?

All of our online journals and articles remain available.

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.

Campus IT's Computer Learning Centers are closed for the summer term.