Coronavirus Closure FAQ

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Is Morris Library open?

Portions of Morris Library are open every day for students, staff and faculty to access WiFi, use study space, or pick up physical items requested from the stacks. Open portions include the first floor study area around Delyte’s and the first floor computer lab (room 139), with 14 computers, a scanner, and a printer. You may enter through the North doors and exit through the East doors. Morris Library proper is closed until further notice.

Check our current hours before heading over to ensure access.

Campus IT's Computer Learning Centers offer more computers and printers. The Student Center provides further WiFi access and study space.

For Online Assistance:


How can I access Morris Library materials?

Request materials

Morris Library physical items are available by request, through ou online catalog. Login with your network ID and password. Once you identify the item you want, use the request button under the Get It label as shown below.

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

We process requests on this schedule:

  • Requests made by 8am – Available by 10am
  • Requests made by 11am – Available by 3pm
  • Requests made by 4pm – Available by 6pm
  • Requests made after 4pm – Available next day at 10am


  • Requests made by 8am – Available by 10am
  • Requests made by 1pm – Available by 4pm
  • Requests made after 4pm – Available by 1pm Sunday


  • All requests available by 1pm Sunday


  • Requests made 11am – Available by 1pm

*Storage items are only retrieved once per day. Any request received after 10am will be available the next day.

The items will be pre-checked out to your account and you can simply pick them up. They will be on a book cart inside the Delyte’s study area and available all hours the area is open. Items are available for pickup for 2 weeks only. Items not picked up will be removed from your account and quarantined for return.

You can also request a scan of a chapter from one of our books or of an article from one of our physical journals. Once you have the full citation for the article or chapter you want, submit a request via interlibrary loan.

Requests for articles or book chapters we don’t own will also be processed via interlibrary loan, but due to library closures still in effect across the country this service may take longer. We ask for patience 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.

For help with our new catalog and its features, see our FAQ on the topic.       

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

Research Access Appointments

Do you need physical access to Morris Library’s collection? If so, please fill out this form to request access. If your request is approved, we will make an appointment for you to visit Morris Library for up to 3 hours at a time.

Note: This service is intended exclusively for specific and well-defined research needs that cannot be reasonably fulfilled any other way. Example research needs include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing a large run (e.g. 15 years) of a physical journal title.
  • Searching a large run of microfilm for a specific newspaper article.

We understand that you might wish to simply browse the shelves or find a quiet place to read or study, but Morris Library proper is not available for those activities at this time.

Appointments are generally available Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm and Sunday between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.


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?

  • Log in to our online catalog to renew Morris Library or I-Share items.
  • Morris Library and I-Share items checked out prior to July have been automatically renewed until October 1, 2020.
  • Interlibrary Loan books (with pink band on cover) are borrowed from all over the world so due dates and renewal rules vary. You can request a renewal through your interlibrary loan account, but if the lending library doesn’t approve the renewal, you must return the item to Morris Library. Refer to the next section for instructions on how to return items.

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.

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 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. Videos may be shared with other SIU users by clicking "Cite" and then "Copy Permalink".

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. We rely on users to self-clean the keyboards, mice, and chairs prior to their use. Tables are cleaned on a daily basis by building services staff.

The computers all have Internet access and are loaded with the following software. 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 Center’s hours vary by location. Please review their hours before setting out for one.