Updates Regarding Library Resources & Services

The library building is currently closed and staff are working remotely. The Innovation Lab and Cafe seating areas, located off the lobby, are accessible daily from 7am-8pm to Fairfield University students, staff, and faculty by swiping their StagCard on the exterior doors. Desktop computers are available in these spaces.

This blog post contains information and links that will help Fairfield University students, faculty, and staff make the most of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library's resources and services. We will continue to update this page. For the most up-to-date Fairfield University announcements, please continue to check the Stags Come Home web page about the Fall 2020 campus reopening.

Accessing Physical Materials 

Starting on July 6th, the Library will make physical items from our collection, or from Interlibrary Loan (ILL), available to Fairfield University faculty, staff, and students. Although the library building is currently closed, our staff are prepared to provide materials in a safe manner, in accordance with State and professional guidelines.  Requested items will be pulled and checked out to your account, wrapped in paper with your name, and placed on a book cart in the library lobby. You will receive an email when your items are ready for pickup. For more information on how to request your items and information about wait times, please click here.

If we do not own what you need we can try to get the materials via Interlibrary Loan. To submit an Interlibrary Loan request please refer to this page or contact ils@fairfield.edu. If you are not able to get to campus to retrieve physical items a research librarian can help you find alternative sources. See the Research Help section below.

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

In most cases, you will need your NetID and password to connect to our online resources while off-campus. Find databases alphabetically or by subject. Many online resources can be found on our Research Guides which provide lists of relevant library resources based on a specific field or discipline. Citation Guides are also available.

Need help? Ask a Librarian or check out our Tutorials that walk you through accessing our online resources. For those who experience access issues, please see directions and troubleshooting tips for remote access.

Returning Library Materials & Renewals

Library materials should be returned to the book drop, located on the exterior side of the Library facing Bannow.

Due dates ranging from March 12- April 27, 2020 have been changed for all patrons. The new due date for these materials will be the weekend of September 20, 2020*. They do not need to be renewed until that date. All fines for items due between January 1, 2020 and September 20, 2020 will be waived. Materials checked out after July 6th, 2020 will be assigned new due dates. Please contact us at circdesk@fairfield.edu with any questions about your account.

If you have any materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan prior to Spring Break, those materials are now due on September 18, 2020. For materials checked out after July 6th, they will be assigned new due dates.

*Due date may be extended and updated information will be posted here and on Life@Fairfield and Today@Fairfield.

Research Help 

Check out our Ask a Librarian page for a complete, up-to-date list of all the ways you can reach us for research assistance. Although in-person research help is unavailable until further notice, we're now extending our research appointment hours into the summer. These appointments allow for a more personal and in-depth level of research assistance and can be conducted via Zoom.

We also offer a 24/7 online chat service that you can use to get help when you need it immediately.

Research Guides and Citation Guides are always available to help you start your research on a wide range of subjects and disciplines. In addition, some classes may have their own library Course Guide.

Information for Faculty

Faculty should refer to our Continuity Plan and Library Resources for Instructional Continuity wiki. Please contact research@fairfield.edu for any questions regarding online instructional support.

Library Sponsored Events

Check the library events page for updates. Questions about events should be sent to Lisa Thornell at lthornell@fairfield.edu.

Academic Commons: Student Support Services in the Library

For a list of student support services located within the library and links directly to those departments, please refer to the Academic Commons webpage.

Please note: The library's ability to provide these services is subject to change. Any changes will be updated on this blog post and broadly disseminated to the campus community. If you have questions or concerns please contact us at research@fairfield.edu so we can best answer or direct your inquiry.