As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, all FAU libraries (in Boca Raton, Jupiter, and HBOI) will be closing to the public at least until March 30. In light of the latest decision (March 17) by the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida that “remote instruction will continue through the end of the Spring semester at each state university and students who can return home should return home” and that “Traditional on-campus commencement ceremonies will not be held in May,” the decision to close the libraries is simply prudent. Like the state authorities and the Board of Governors, our top priority is everyone’s safety: the safety of students, staff, faculty, and the community in which we live.
But I also wanted you all to know that we are still here for you. All of our staff will be working remotely and will be available over email and phone to help you. A good starting point is our Lib2Go guide that pulls together in one place all the services and resources that are available to our students, faculty, and staff without having to come into the building. If you want to know how to contact a particular department, check out our departmental listing. If you want to find a particular person, check out our Staff Directory. If you reach out to me directly I will answer you and put you in touch with just the right person who can help.
If you want one place to keep up on the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University, or more, we have created a one-stop shop for you.
These are unprecedented times for all of us. Together, we can get through it. And, more than just get through it, perhaps we can even learn from the experience, grow personally and professionally, and become better at what we do.