Davis Family Library:
Armstrong Science Library:
Library Response to COVID-19

| by Mike Roy

Last Updated: June 23, 2020 

As part of the College’s evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the library is committed to helping faculty and students access the services and resources they need for their teaching and learning. Here are some changes that are planned, with the understanding that as the situation evolves, there may be further changes.

  1. Libraries Closed to the Public: Davis Family Library and Armstrong Library are closed until further notice. 
  2. Paging Service: We are offering a paging service that allows you to request items in our collection that we will drop off for you to pick-up in the vestibule of the Davis Family Library.
  3. Virtual Reference Services: We will provide only virtual reference services (chat, email, phone, text) for research support. This can be accessed via, or by directly emailing researchdesk@middlebury.edu.
    Special Collections will support virtual reference and research support. This can be accessed at specialcollections@middlebury.edu.
  4. Support for Remote Access to Online Resources: Advice on how to access subscription library resources from off campus. If you experience difficulty, please check our FAQs or ask a librarian through go/askus/.
  5. Digital Video and E-book Options: Faculty planning to place materials on reserves (both print and video) should plan on using digital versions for their courses.  In general, 
    • Faculty seeking online access to a film or video required for a course should place a streaming request via go/streamingrequest/
    • Faculty needing e-versions of a print (i.e. physical) books can request this via go/request/.
  6. Temporary Access to Digital Resources: We’ve created a page pointing to resources that many of the leading publishers have made temporarily available to the public. 
  7. Library Instruction: Librarians who are scheduled to teach classes in the remaining part of the semester will reach out to faculty to discuss alternatives. Faculty wishing to arrange for a workshop for their class can (as always) contact their liaison.
  8. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is open only for all materials. Please note the availability of print is limited as the system slowly restarts. Please order articles/book chapters in ILLiad.


  9. Archiving COVID-19 at Middlebury: Our College Archives is documenting and preserving the historic impact of COVID-19 on campus. Please contact them at specialcollections@middlebury.edu.
  10. Returning Books to the Library: If you have books to return to us – either from Middlebury’s collection or borrowed from another library via Interlibrary Loan – please return them to the book drop in the back of the building at 110 Storrs Ave.  If you have library equipment checked out from the library that you need to return, please email library_circulation@middlebury.edu to schedule a time to drop it off.  Please do not return equipment in the drop box.  If you are away from campus, and need to return library items by mail, please ship to this address:
    • Davis Family Library
    • ATTN: Circulation
    • 110 Storrs Ave
    • Middlebury, VT 05753

Here are our most important links that you may find useful:

To access Go shortcuts from off-campus type go.middlebury.edu/[shortcut] into your browser.

General library information, news, and announcements

Library homepage
Contact a librarian (text, chat, email, or telephone) for research and other support needs
Library hours, updated constantly
Library news and announcements

Research resources for students and faculty

Starting point for searching library materials: one-stop search journals, books, dvds, etc.
Subject/topic-specific guides to the best library databases, journals, and other resources, and contact information for subject specialist librarians
Contact a librarian (text, chat, email, or telephone) and FAQs for research and other support needs
Information about document delivery and Interlibrary Loan services
A-Z list of our journal titles
A-Z list of our databases
How to use library subscription resources from off campus

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions, comments, or suggestions as we work together to navigate this challenging situation.

Review FAQs and contact librarians at go.middlebury.edu/askus. Or send a direct email to researchdesk@middlebury.edu