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COVID-19 Library Updates & Resources: Current McFarlin Library Services

An updated description of McFarlin Library's services during the COVID-19 pandemic and a list of COVID-19 resources

Current McFarlin Library Services

The McFarlin Library is committed to supporting the information and research needs of all TU students, faculty, and staff as the campus shifts adjusts to COVID-19. As new information develops, we will update our website with any changes to our operating hours and services. The McFarlin Library is the academic hub of the TU campus, and we will strive to continue to offer exceptional services and resources to our community during this extraordinary time.

(Updated 8.18.21)

Building Access

The McFarlin Library is open for the summer. Please visit our hours page for operating hours. We will post any changes to our hours on this page. 

The McFarlin Library is currently only open to TU affiliates in accordance with campus social distancing requirements.

As of July 9, 2021 masks are suggested, but are no longer required upon entry into the building. For the fall 2021 semester, masks will be still required in the group study rooms and the book stacks.

We also have enacted enhanced cleaning procedures during library hours to clean study areas in between use.

Library & Research Help

The library can help answer your questions remotely by email, text, and phone. The library will be answering remote questions Monday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm, Friday, 8am – 12pm.

Students can also request a virtual video session with a librarian for more in-depth help finding resources and refining search questions. 

Email: mcfarlinlibrary@utulsa.edu 

Phone: 918-631-2873 

Text: 224-357-6350 (22helpme50) 

Virtual Video Session: Fill out this online form to request an appointment.

Learn more at https://libraries.utulsa.edu/help.

Virtual Instructional Services

Faculty can request library instructional sessions to support their teaching, including in-person, synchronous virtual, and asynchronous virtual. The library can also create a virtual resource guide or a video tutorial for your course. Learn more about requesting library instruction at https://libraries.utulsa.edu/Instruction

Lisa Grimes, our Student Success Librarian, has created several Quick Tip Video Tutorials that you can easily link to in your course.

Department of Special Collections

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives will be closed to the public and visiting scholars until further notice. We are open to TU affiliates by appointment only, with at least 1 day notice, and then only one person at a time.

We will continue to supply distance Reference and Copies as well as we can, although there may be delays in copies. Learn more about Special Collections COVID services.

Book Pick Up

As of August 4, 2021, the McFarlin Library's book stacks have been reopened to current TU affiliates on a limited basis. Masks will be required in the book stacks for the fall 2021 semester. TU students, faculty, and staff can still request materials in our collection to be picked up at the library if they wish to do so. 

Visit the Book Retrieval page to make a request for books and other materials in our collection. Materials will be pulled and, in most cases, ready for pick up within one business day.

Book & Material Returns

Library materials can be returned to through the book drop located on the Southside of the building or at the library’s plaza circulation desk. 

TU students, faculty, and staff can log-in to My Library Account to view and renew library materials that they have checked out through the library.

Course Reading Materials

The library is resuming course reserves for the fall 2021 semester. Faculty can request that materials be placed on reserve via one of the online forms.  

You can search our print collection using the library’s online catalog, Summon. Requests for scanned materials can be placed through our Interlibrary Loan department

The McFarlin Library has a large number of online resources available for TU students, faculty, and staff, including databasese-journals & e-books, and research guides. Our online content can be linked from your online course.

Contact the library for help with any of our online resources: https://libraries.utulsa.edu/help

Interlibrary Loan

Request materials that the library does not have access to through our Interlibrary Loan Service. Requesting items through ILL may take longer to obtain or may be unavailable due to restrictions from the lending library.

See the ILL COVID-19 page for more information about requesting ILL materials.