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Fordham Forward Libraries: Update on Services

Fordham Forward Libraries

Update on Services : Summer 2021

Welcome back for the Summer 2021 semester. Fordham Forward Libraries will provide links to library services for the entire Fordham community.

Our goal is to provide you with the resources you’ll need for your academic success, while at the same time safeguarding your health and safety in the unique library environment. The University libraries will adhere to University protocols with respect to prevention and screening measures. 

When you come in…

We want to keep library users and library staff as safe and healthy as possible. 

Speaking of library staff, even though you won't always see us, we're always there. We're all working full schedules, whether we're behind the scenes at home or on campus, but social distancing rules allow only a certain number of us to be on-site at any given time. We'll miss all the interactions that we're used to, but we've worked hard to develop contact free services along with the 24/7 online services we’ve been providing you with all along.

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Summer 2021 Information

Message from the Director

Dear Members of the Fordham Community,

Welcome to the Summer 2021 semester. Just as the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters were unlike any other we have experienced, our library services will continue to rise and respond to the demands and constraints imposed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic. We remain fully committed to the safety and success of everyone who uses and depends upon the Fordham University Libraries.

As the University continues with a blend of remote and on-campus instruction and research activity, the University Libraries have developed service models to support the initiatives and goals of Fordham Forward.

Our focus continues to be a digital first strategy that will support not only off-site students, faculty, and researchers, but our on-site population as well.  The University Libraries have increased our capacity to acquire and disseminate digital books and articles. We are expanding the digitization of print materials from library collections for research and teaching.  Along with these efforts, we will continue our contactless pickup and self-check service, Books-To-Go, which allows students and faculty to easily and safely request books and other library materials from on campus or off.

Reopening continues to be an incremental and gradual process.  As conditions change and as updated information becomes available, we will modify our approach.  It may be possible to expand services, or it may be necessary to reconsider prior decisions in order to protect the health and safety of the Fordham community.

Whether you are on campus or off, the library is always here. Whether you can see us or not, the library staff is always here. We look forward to working with you.

Linda LoSchiavo
Director of Libraries
Fordham University

Masks are required

New York State, New York City, and University guidelines require face masks in all public and communal buildings, including libraries. Thank you for doing your part to keep all members of the Fordham community safe, including the library staff who are on campus all day and the family members and loved ones to whom they go home. Face masks must remain on when you are in any of the Fordham University libraries.  Violators may be asked to leave the library. 

Food and drink

No food will be permitted in the library. Please eat snacks or food items in a designated dining area on campus or outdoors. Beverages in covered containers are permitted, as long as you remove your mask only while drinking. Vending machines and water fountains have been deactivated. Water bottle refill stations have been installed to replace some of the deactivated water fountains.


Study tables and carrels have been spaced at appropriate 6-foot distances from one another. Seating is limited in the libraries, as chairs have either been removed or made unavailable for use in order to adhere to the appropriate social distancing guidelines for study areas. Social distancing policies will be monitored and maintained by the University’s Public Safety officers on an ongoing basis. Violators may be asked to leave the library. 


We encourage you to please bring your own laptop, jump drive, and any other technology that you plan to use, rather than using shared public equipment. In order to reduce crowding and minimize surfaces that require cleaning, we have reduced significantly the number of public computers and printers available in Walsh and Quinn.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms in Walsh and Quinn will continue to unavailable at this time. Students should not make attendance or participation in their online courses contingent on access to library spaces, as physical access to the library may change throughout the semester due to environmental circumstances.


Visitors will not be permitted in the libraries for the Summer 2021 semester. This includes Fordham alumni. Only members of the Fordham University community with valid Fordham IDs and Vital Check QR codes will be allowed on campus and in the buildings.