COVID-19 Services Update

Always Start with Marquette's COVID-19 Information

Please regularly check the Marquette University COVID-19 page for the most definitive, up-to-the minute information about changes to campus services during the outbreak.

Promoting Health and Safety

The health and safety of the Marquette community is a top priority at the library. Here are some of the ways we have altered our facilities and services in accordance with guidance from Marquette’s COVID-19 response team. See also Marquette’s comprehensive COVID-19 pages for current information, policies, and FAQs.

  • Entry is restricted to Marquette students, faculty, and staff with green COVID Cheq clearance; no other visitors are allowed at this time.
  • Adjusted fall hours include nightly closure for cleaning.
  • Seating has been reduced by 30% and has been reconfigured to maintain safe distancing. Safe places to sit are indicated in many areas with “sit here” stickers.
  • HVAC systems have been assessed and deemed in alignment with current CDC guidelines.
  • When borrowed items are returned, they are quarantined prior to returning to circulation (except for short-loan course reserves, which will return to circulation without quarantine).
  • Floor markings and signage have been installed to encourage safe distancing in elevators and staircases and at service desks.
  • Strict adherence to all university safety guidelines, including mask wearing and 6" social distancing, is required.

Remote Computer Access

Raynor Memorial Libraries are offering remote computer access which allows the use of the library's computers and software from home. Students, faculty, and staff with a current Marquette ID can connect their own computers to the library's and thereby use any of the software available in the library, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, SPSS, and more. Read more about how you can access a library computer from home.

Highlights of COVID Service Changes

The library’s online and in-person services are available to help you thrive academically and stay healthy. Our buildings are open for individual study and research. Here is a regularly updated summary of our current offerings. If you have questions about any services not mentioned here, please contact us.

General Building Information


Use of the library is restricted to current Marquette students, faculty and staff with green COVID Cheq clearance.

No visitors are allowed at this time, including alumni, retirees, research pass holders and faculty from other local institutions.

On weekends, the library's outer doors are locked; to unlock them and enter the library, tap your MU ID on the security panel located outside the door until the panel light turns green and the door unlocks.


The library will close nightly for cleaning; it is not open 24/7 (view building hours).


Seating has been de-densified and reconfigured to support social distancing.

Water fountains/bubblers are not in use, but bottle filling stations are available (Raynor 1st floor, Memorial 2nd floor).

Library Spaces

Digital Scholarship Lab

Open with reduced seating; digital media editing studio is unavailable.

Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room

Open with reduced seating; outside researchers currently not permitted.

All reading room exhibits, including the permanent exhibit of JRR Tolkien Materials, are temporarily closed.

Beaumier Suites Conference Center

Closed for events. Beaumier B/C is in use as classroom. Beaumier D is in use as a virtual learning and study space (see below).

Brew Café

Open with reduced seating (view hours on the Brew website); microwave and toaster not available.

Group study rooms

Closed until further notice.

Study areas

Open with reduced seating throughout Raynor and Memorial Libraries.

“Sit here” stickers and capacity notices have been placed on most multi-seat tables to promote safe distancing.

TIP: Furniture throughout the library has been arranged for proper social distancing and should not be rearranged.

Virtual learning and study spaces

In Raynor Library, rooms R227 (2nd Fl.) and Beaumier D (Lower Level) have been set up as dedicated virtual learning and study spaces (see list of spaces campus-wide). Other all-purpose study spaces are plentiful throughout the library. If you find the doors locked, inquire at a service desk.

Graduate student carrels

Open; application required. Sharing of carrels not permitted.

Faculty carrels

Open; application required.

Personal Research Assistance

General questions

Call, e-mail, or chat with our Information Desk; in-person help is also available (view hours)

Appointments with librarians

Virtual appointments are available.

Special Collections and University Archives

Virtual reference available via Ask an Archivist.

Printers and Other Shared Equipment

PrintWise stations


Please use good hand hygiene, as the library will not sanitize these items between uses.

Poster printing service

Available; submit requests online.

Microfilm readers


Please use good hand hygiene, as the library will not sanitize these items between uses.


Books, audio/visual materials, and similar items

All circulating materials are available for normal borrowing.

Return items to the book drop located outside Raynor Library by the Wisconsin Avenue entrance.

Returned items will be quarantined before returning to circulation.

TIP: Use MARQCAT's "Reserve It" to place holds on items for quick pickup at the main circulation desk.

Interlibrary loan

COVID-19 closures at partner libraries are impacting interlibrary loan service for obtaining physical loans. If you need a physical item via ILL, please contact the ILL office to check on current availability of the service.

Laptops and media equipment

Digital Scholarship Lab equipment, including laptops, is available for normal checkout.

Returned items will be quarantined before returning to circulation.

TIP: Use MARQCAT's "Reserve It" to place holds on media equipment for quick pickup in the lab.

Course reserves


Please use good hand hygiene, as the library will not quarantine these items between uses.

Workshops, Instruction, and Events


Available in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Customized course support is available, as well as video tutorials and online learning objects easily linkable through D2L.


In-person events are currently on hiatus.


Online Support for Learning and Research

Students, faculty and staff working from home have access to most of the same library resources and support that are available when on campus. Our homepage is a good place to start, or find specific helps below.

For Faculty

For Students


 Helpful COVID-19 Information