Thank you for your patience

CMU Libraries, Phased Re-Opening Timeline

During the summer, we will gradually reopen parts of the Park Library building and begin offering limited services in the building. Dates and details are subject to change.

We continue to offer virtual library services and encourage users to email us at or call us at 989-774-4000.

We’re setting up the building to encourage and support social distancing and will be establishing safe service practices. Thank you for your patience as we implement new measures that will help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

CMU requires individuals to wear face coverings when in any enclosed public space on campus.

March 2020 and beyond

Throughout the Stay Home, Stay Safe period, we’ve provided access to study space for students and have continued all our virtual services. A part of our normal service offerings, these virtual services will continue as we reopen.

June 15, 2020

  • A small crew of library employees begin to work onsite following CMU and State guidelines.
  • Main corridor open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Information Desk open to assist authorized users. Call 989-774-1100 if you have questions.
  • 1st Floor Quiet Study area open for CMU users:
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
    • Enter through door on west end of Java City
    • CentralCard required
    • Follow one-way traffic patterns
    • Individual study only
    • One person per table
    • Computers and printing available
    • Physical collections are closed
  • OIT Help Desk open for walk-in service.
  • Student Disability Services available for meetings by appointment. Contact to schedule an appointment.
  • Curriculum and Instructional Support (CIS) open for CMU faculty by appointment. Enter through the sliding doors by the Information Desk. Contact or 989-774-3615 to schedule an appointment.

June 29, 2020

July 2020

  • Additional library employees return to work onsite.
  • We will begin scanning and shipping books to CMU students and faculty, start date TBD.
  • We will begin a book pick up service for CMU and community users, start date TBD.

August 3, 2020

  • Summer final exams week
  • All four floors of the main library open for CMU and community users.
    • Individual study only. Group study rooms will not be available.
    • Physical collections remain closed. Library employees will retrieve materials and provide them to users through scanning, shipping, or the book pick up service.
    • Per State of Michigan Executive Orders, we will establish at least two hours per week of dedicated time for vulnerable populations to visit the library. Dates and times TBD. Vulnerable populations include people over 60, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions, including but not limited to heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
  • 2nd floor checkout and research help desks open.
    • We encourage users to continue taking advantage of our virtual services.
    • We will accept appointments.
  • Clarke Historical Library exhibits and reading room available by appointment.

August 17, 2020

  • Fall classes begin

6 thoughts on “CMU Libraries, Phased Re …

  1. When can books be returned to the library? Will the book dropbox in the main hallway be open? Thanks!

    1. Jessica, You can drop off books at the drop boxes by the north and south entrances anytime or you can place them in the drop box in the middle of the corridor Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  2. When will patrons be able to enter the library and review the new books located on the second floor of Park Library? Thank you –

    1. Bruce, We eliminated the new book shelf about a year ago. We can assist you in browsing new titles online. In the short term, we will begin shipping books to CMU users and will be offering a book pick up service soon. The upper floors of the Park Library will open on August 3, 2020.

  3. Good Afternoon, I’m writing to learn if students and faculty can check out hard copy books for research yet. If so, how? If not, when will the library be resuming hardcopy book checkout services? All Best, Tim

    1. Tim – Yes, students and faculty may request hard copy books. Place a hold on the item you want in the catalog. Library staff will retrieve the items and will prepare them for contactless pick up or will ship to addresses outside the Mount Pleasant area. We will be posting information about the contactless pick up service this week.

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