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Research Libraries Launch Takeout Services to Aid Researchers and Students

Last Updated on September 11, 2020, 1:36 pm ET

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Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, research libraries have been continuing existing services and launching new services to aid researchers and students. Duke University Libraries, Boston College Libraries, Boston University Libraries, University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, and others are operating takeout and pickup services as institutional access to facilities, equipment, books, archives, and other resources remains in flux. Many libraries have also expanded access to digital resources online. To help researchers and students better understand how these services work, some research libraries have created explainer videos that have been viewed and utilized by library users both on and off campus.

Take a look at a few of the research library takeout videos:

Duke University “Library Takeout”

“Although our stacks will be closed for the Fall 2020 semester for safety purposes, you can still get books and other materials by using our Library Takeout Service. Check out the video (and get down with your masked self) to find out more.”


Boston College “BC Libraries Virtual Tour”

“A quick introduction to Boston College Libraries facilities, services, resources, and staff.”


Boston University “The Wait Is Over Y’all”

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“Because of COVID-19, things are going to be a little different! We have virtual and in-person resources so you can truly learn from anywhere!”


University of Florida “Using UF Libraries Walk-up Pickup Service”

“Gators, if you need a book for class or just to check something off your summer reading list, take advantage of the UF Libraries’ Walk-up Pickup service.”


University of Massachusetts Amherst “Fall at the Libraries 2020”

“The Libraries are online and ready to help you! While Library spaces are closed, paging and contactless pickup of library materials begins August 24. For more information, see our Resources for Remote Learning & Instruction and FAQs about Restoring Onsite Library Services.”