Access during COVID-19

April 25-May 13, Weaver Library is open 7 days a week, 9am-12am midnight. You can also contact us by chat, text, and email during these hours. We’re providing limited services in the Main Library lobby. The Health Sciences Library is open to Health Sciences affiliates. Learn more about access during COVID-19.

Access during COVID-19

library staff with face masks

Updated April 25, 2021, 1:00 pm

Keep masking up 

As the University of Arizona returns to classrooms, the Libraries continue to work hard to provide in-person and remote services. Keep checking back regularly for updates and changes. 

The university's face covering requirements and all COVID-19 mitigation policies remain in place. For campus updates, visit University of Arizona's COVID-19 and reentry page.

Here's some important information that we want to share with you.

Buildings & spaces

We have opened some of our buildings to provide study space and limited services, and will respond to changing needs.

  • All library buildings require face coverings.
  • The Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library is open to UA students, faculty, and staff 7 days a week, 9am-12am midnight.
  • The Main Library lobby is open 7 days a week 10am-4pm for pickups and returns, except for holidays and closures. The rest of the Main Library building is closed.
  • The Health Sciences Library is open to UA Health Sciences affiliates. See guidelines for using the Health Sciences Library.
  • Special Collections, the CATalyst Studios in the Main Library, and the Fine Arts Library will remain closed until further notice. If you need access to collections or assistance, Special Collections and CATalyst Studios are providing virtual assistance. Materials from the Fine Arts Library can be requested through express retrieval.

Hours online & in person

Contact us by chat, text, and email
7 days a week, 9am-12am midnight

Weaver Library 
7 days a week, 9am-12am midnight

Main Library lobby 
Sunday-Saturday 10am-4pm 

Finding places to study

Weaver Library offers wifi, study rooms, and different places to study throughout the building. Here's what you need to know.

  • Wear face coverings at all times, including inside study rooms.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed in the building, with the exception of drinking from water bottles.
  • Scan your CatCard outside the library’s west entrance doors.
  • Reserve a study room (one person per study room) if you need a quiet room or use designated study spaces throughout the library.

Family study rooms (one family per study room) can be reserved on the 4th floor for a maximum of three hours. Graduate students and faculty can apply for a 30-day assigned room during the academic year. 

Technology checkout & return  

Enrolled students can pick up technology (including laptops, video cameras, projectors, and cords) during our Main Library lobby hours on a first-come, first-served basis. You can borrow the technology for the entire semester.

  • Students can also schedule an appointment with us by contacting if these hours aren't convenient.
  • We will auto-renew eligible equipment if you're an enrolled student, and email you when it's time to return your equipment.
  • Check for available technology.

University faculty and staff can contact Gear-to-Go to reserve equipment for instructional use such as webcams, monitors, laptops, mobile hotspots, and digital cameras.

Holds & pickups for items in our physical collection

You can request books and other materials from all University Libraries locations—including interlibrary loans.

  • Request materials online in advance, and wait for an email confirmation before coming to the library for pickup.
  • You can pick them up in the Main Library lobby, Sunday-Saturday 10am-4pm. 
  • Service is limited to enrolled students and University employees with valid CatCards.
  • Face coverings are required in the building’s lobby, per campus policy.
  • Special Collections materials will be available digitally first, if possible. Document delivery requests will resume then as well.

Anticipate longer turnaround times

The turnaround time between placing and picking up your holds and interlibrary loans will be longer. Given our limited staff, our quarantine protocols for returned materials, and the decreased capacity of other libraries we work with, we appreciate your patience.

Online access to course materials

We can help instructors prepare to teach fall courses by providing:

For help finding or accessing digital materials, contact us. View tips on accessing scholarly journals when you're off campus.

Returning materials

  • We're not charging late fees right now, so hold on to your materials.
  • If you're no longer affiliated with the university or are leaving town, return books to the book drops at the Main, Weaver, or Health Sciences libraries.
  • Return technology to the Main Library lobby Sunday-Saturday 10am-4pm.
  • If you're not in Tucson, email us at to discuss options.
  • We're following best practice guidelines on quarantining materials.

Learn more about our checkout and renewal process.

Getting support

3D printing

For Spring 2021, we're only providing 3D printing services for UA affiliates for class and for research purposes.

Events and programming

Library events are being held virtually. 

We're here to help

Contact us by chat, text, and email. We're available 7 days a week, 9am-12am midnight.