Based on new results from the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) tests, the University Libraries will now be quarantining returned materials for 7 days. These new quarantine guidelines are designed to mitigate potential contact with the COVID-19 virus from handling library materials.
These new tests results suggest COVID-19 is more resilient on the surface of certain materials, especially when these materials are stacked together. While the risk of transmission via surface contact appears to be minimal, the 7-day quarantine will reduce the chance of transmission between Libraries users and staff.
The change will not affect the circulation of anatomical models, laptops, or other circulating items that can be effectively cleaned.
Instructors with course reserve materials, or those who need assistance with course materials, should contact the liaison librarian for your area, or Reserves Coordinator Holly Samayoa.
To learn more about COVID-19 mitigation efforts implemented in the Libraries, visit our Virus Mitigation Steps webpage.