Covid-19: Protect Yourself and Others

Update: 20 March 2020

Flinders University Library is implementing social distancing measures as part of the University’s response to Covid-19. We’re endeavouring to provide flexible support and minimise disruption, while prioritising the health and well being of our students and staff.

Library Collections

Online Collections

  • The majority of our collections remain available online, from books and journal articles to video streaming collections
  • We have increased the access to eBook collections; some now have unlimited access, meaning more users can access these materials simultaneously
  • We are continuing to negotiate with our vendors and publishing partners to provide even further online resources, including essential textbooks where possible.
  • Our Research Librarians are collating the latest research on Covid-19  so that everyone has access to evidence-based information.

Print Collections

  • The print collection remains open
  • Students may borrow using the self-checkout machines
  • Students who already have items on loan are advised they can hold on to them
  • Items already on loan will be automatically renewed until further notice
  • There will not be any penalties for overdue books during this time
  • If you have been notified to pickup a current hold, this will be available for collection
  • Requesting will not be available until further notice, including from the SendIt Service
  • Document Delivery (currently available to postgraduate students and staff) is dependent upon supply from other libraries. Where possible we will endeavour to supply electronic articles and book chapters.

Library Services 

  • Library service points are open during staffed opening hours.
  • Our appointment services, Book a Librarian and Book a Research Librarian, will be available online. (A study room in each library is available for students to use for appointments if they don’t have their own device)
  • All currently scheduled library workshops will be delivered online
  • Appointments and access to use Special Collections will be paused.

Creating ‘social distance’ in service areas

The Library branches and study spaces remain open during our published hours. However, as per current Government advice the Library is enacting ‘social distance’ in these areas by:

  • creating greater distance between student PCs
  • limiting occupancy of student study rooms to two people

We have not made these changes lightly, knowing as we do that the Library collections and services are a highly used resource of the University. Please let us know if there is anything more that we can do to help. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.



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