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Fant Memorial Library Dean Amanda Clay Powers is excited to have everyone back on campus.

More importantly, Powers is eager for Mississippi University for Women students and professors to see how she and her staff have worked hard to make Fant Memorial Library as safe as possible.

“We feel great about the library facilities and services we are offering for campus this fall,” Powers said. “We are excited to work with our students, staff and faculty to create a healthy and welcoming environment for everyone.”

The library staff used the guidance of federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as W policies, to guide it in its efforts to create the new library services, policies and procedures. Powers said the library recently installed new swipe access on all of its doors. When a student, staff or faculty member registers, they will automatically get access to the library and the 24/7 lab. You can register for access on the library website using the “Get Library Access” button at the top of the home page: https://www.muw.edu/library

The public still will be able to use the library by appointment, but the library will not take cash so there will be no public printing. Students can print using their accounts and pick up their prints at self-service printers.

“We have made the library as low-touch as possible, with our new self-checkout machine and contact-less pickup of holds and Athena books,” Powers said. “To keep everyone safe, the book stacks on the second floor are closed, and the library staff and student assistants will get your books for you. We will even do contact-less deliver of books through ‘curbside pickup.’ ”

Expanded library services include appointments with library faculty using Zoom or other tools, live online help through AskAthena text or video chat, access to additional resources via tutorials, videos and subject research guides, as well as a new Interlibrary Loan service that mean faster articles, chapters and ebooks.

 Powers said directional signs have been put up throughout the library to ensure everyone stays socially distanced. She also said hand sanitizer and wipe stations have been added to keep everything clean. Literary quotes over sinks will give patrons something to read as they wash their hands for 20 seconds. 

In addition, Powers said all library staff members and faculty have been trained on library procedures to follow on safe handling of library materials and cleaning library spaces.

“We are excited to be using the University’s new eMist system, which uses electrostatically-charged sanitizing mist to clean surfaces quickly and effectively,” Powers said. “The eMist system will be used throughout the library, including the 24/7 spaces.”

To comply with physical distancing, there will be fewer seats throughout the library to ensure everyone has plenty of space. As a result, one person will be allowed per study room, or two people in a seminar room with a two-hour limit on reservations and eMist cleaning between reservations.

There also will be a three-day quarantine on returned or held books. Equipment lending is temporarily suspended.

Fant Memorial Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Virtual services will be offered Friday, when the library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Saturdays. The library will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. Access to the archives is by appointment only Sunday through Thursday.

If anyone has suggestions for making the library even safer, email the staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or use (662) 596-1053 to send a text.


Aug. 20, 2020
Contact: Adam Minichino
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