Library Updates

This page contains information about visiting the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, updates to in-person and virtual Library and Academic Commons services, and other useful links. We will continue to update this page. Our current library services and access are meant to protect the health and safety of library visitors and staff. We might have to make changes quickly as circumstances change. Thank you for your understanding.

Visiting the Building:

We are open! View Library hours here.

  • Building access for current Fairfield University students, faculty, and staff only. Building usage will be monitored so that we are under 50% maximum capacity.
  • The Library Cafe seating area and Innovation Lab are now accessible from 5AM-10PM daily by swiping your StagCard on the exterior doors. This change, effective 11/6/20, was made due a public health advisory issued by Governor Lamont for CT residents to stay at home between the hours of 10:00 pm and 5:00 am.
  • Wear a Mask at all times while in the building. Mask must cover nose and mouth fully.
  • Follow Directional Signage. Floor arrows direct all incoming visitors to enter through the doors on the right side of the lobby, and exit the doors next to the Library Services & Information Desk. There are also floor arrows directing foot traffic on the staircases.
  • Leave your Food at Home or Enjoy Outside. Covered beverages are permitted in the building. Water bottle refill station near main level restrooms is available. Beverage vending machines available in the Library Cafe. Free self-serve Dunkin' coffee Monday - Friday 7:30am-7:00pm in the Library Cafe.
  • Maintain 6 ft Distancing, even while in study rooms or meeting with staff.
  • Elevators have a one or two person limit to maintain social distancing. Signs posted to exterior doors will indicate occupancy.
  • Pick your seat/area to work and sanitize with a wipe before and after use. Please do not move wipe buckets or hand sanitizer dispensers. Desktop computers, printers, scanners, copiers, must also be wiped down before and after use.
  • Use Hand Sanitizer Stations before and after using shared office supplies such as staplers, hole-punch, etc.
  • Keep Furniture Where You Find It. Tables and chairs were reconfigured to maintain 6 feet distancing.
  • Make use of "Return Carts" or "Return Trays". Please do not reshelve materials. Instead please put back in-house used items on the "return carts" or "return trays" so that Library Staff can place them in quarantine. Items will be quarantined following guidelines and research from the Institute of Museum & Library Services and Northeast Document Conservation Center.

What’s Available?

Library Services

  • Borrowing Physical Items: Students, faculty, and staff can borrow items with a StagCard. View borrowing periods here. If items are requested online for office delivery, library staff will deliver items to staff and faculty on-campus offices.
    • Returning and Renewing Physical Items: Library materials can be renewed online. Items can be returned to the Library Services & Information Desk or one of the two book drops, located on the exterior side of the Library facing Bannow or the book drop inside the Library lobby. Please contact us at with any questions about your account.
    • NEW Home Delivery of Physical Items from the Library collection or Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for students, faculty, and staff that are learning or working 100% remote. More information available here.
  • Scan & Deliver: Faculty, staff, and students can request book chapters and articles from physical items. Library staff will scan and email pdfs.
  • Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service to request items from other libraries. See the ILL page for the most up to date information.
  • Study Rooms: see Spaces section below.
  • Research Services: Virtual appointments, virtual Zoom drop-in hours, email, or use the 24/7 chat box to get research or citation help from a librarian. 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.
  • Instruction: Most course integrated library instruction will take place virtually at this time. Faculty should contact their Librarian Partner for a consultation. Faculty can also refer to our Continuity Plan and Library Resources for Instructional Continuity wiki.
  • Archives & Special Collections: Will continue to be available for use in the library only. Fairfield University History Online database can be searched remotely. Virtual appointments are also available to meet with the Archivist.
  • Print Newspapers & Popular Magazines: Available upon request at the Library Services & Information Desk.
  • Course Reserves and Student Donated Textbook Collection: Available for normal borrowing periods. No short-term loans due to quarantine protocols.
  • Off Campus Access to 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.
  • Events: Most events will be held virtually. Check the Library Events page for updates. Questions about events should be sent to Lisa Thornell at

Academic Commons Services

  • The Writing Center: Offering virtual appointments. Sign-in or register for an account. See their website.
  • Math Center: Will open virtually, approximately two weeks into the semester.Offering virtual appointments and drop-in hours. Sign-in or register for an account. See their website.
  • ITS Help Desk: Open 7:45am- 7:30pm M-Thurs.; Fri. 7:45am to 5pm; Sun. 4pm-8pm. Open a Ticket by emailing, or Schedule an Appointment, or call 203 254 4069.
  • Office of Accessibility: Appointment required. Many services may be virtual only. Contact
  • Office of Academic Support & Retention: Appointment required. Many services may be virtual only. Contact
  • Innovation Lab: Workshops will be held virtually and posted on the Quick Center for the Arts website. Study space available. Desktop computers available. Wipe down work station and computers before and after use. Effective 11/6/20, the Lab will only be available from 5AM-10PM daily.
  • Center for Academic Excellence: Faculty resource offering virtual appointments and workshops.


  • Group Study Rooms (all three levels): Rooms have new capacity limits and this information is reflected on the Reserve a Room page and posted on the exterior room doors. We will also offer Virtual Study Rooms, in collaboration with The Writing Center, on Sunday evenings from 8:00-9:30pm. Registration required and dates will be posted on our Library Events page.
  • Quiet Study Room (lower level rm 115): Lower room capacity posted on exterior doors.
  • Collaboratories (lower level): Drop-in collaborative work spaces. Lower room capacity posted on exterior doors.
  • Graduate Student Study Area (lower level): Furniture has been reconfigured to maintain social distancing.
  • Cafe: Seating, desktop computers, WEPA printer, phone charging station, and restrooms available in this space. Wipe down work station and computers before and after use. Lower room capacity posted on exterior doors. Beverage vending machines available. Free self-serve Dunkin' coffee Monday - Friday 7:30am-7:00pm in the Library Cafe. Effective 11/6/20, the Cafe seating area will only be available from 5AM-10PM daily.
  • CAS Innovation Lab: Seating and desktop computers available. Lower room capacity posted on exterior doors. Will be offering virtual workshops. Effective 11/6/20, the Lab will only be available from 5AM-10PM daily.
  • Peer Tutoring Rooms 231 & 231D (main level): Available after 4:30pm Mon.-Fri. and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Multimedia Room (lower level rm 101): Available for faculty and staff to book meetings or events through the University’s room booking system. The new room capacity is 21.
  • The Writing Center and Math Center: Offering virtual appointments or virtual drop-in hours. See Academic Commons Services section above. These rooms are closed, however student tutors may use these spaces to conduct their virtual tutoring appointments, if approved by their supervisor.
  • Virtual Reality Room (upper level): Space can be reserved as a Group Study Room but virtual reality viewing equipment is not available.

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 so we can best answer or direct your inquiry.

For the most up-to-date Fairfield University announcements, please continue to check the Stags Come Home web page.