The F&M College Library is committed to the continued support of the research and teaching of faculty and students. Our top priorities during this time are to ensure that as many resources and services as possible are accessible from off campus, and that we can reopen safely for the fall modules. In-person services and buildings are currently closed in compliance with state and campus guidelines, but we will be open for FPS and students for the fall modules.
For summer 2020: Due dates for EZBorrow, Interlibrary Loan and F&M Library books will be extended for all library users to September 1, with no fines. We are also extending Friends of the Library/community user card accounts and due dates until the end of 2020.
If you are in the area and can safely travel, you can return items in the book drop at the left of the front door of the Shadek-Fackenthal Library. Otherwise, please feel free to mail items back to us at the address on our site. We are working on a system to provide mailing labels as we move into the fall.
Collection Development Approaches in Fall 2020
As Franklin & Marshall moves into a hybrid method of instruction for the fall 2020 semester, the College Library is adjusting its collection development policies to best serve all students and faculty. Because some students will not be on campus and will be only taking courses online, the library is committed to working to provide the necessary scholarly e-resources to meet their course and research needs.
Faculty requests for course materials will be given the highest priority, including ebooks and streaming media. All attempts will be made to provide unlimited, simultaneous user access to these materials.
Collection development in general for this period, by faculty and librarians, should also be focused on supporting the curriculum. Ebooks will be the preferred format, due to the likely necessity of off campus access. The library will continue to purchase print books requested by faculty, but due to a reduced materials budget we might choose to get an ebook, or not be able to accommodate all of those requests in this particular environment.
Visit this page regularly to check on changes to services, hours and access.