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How to Library While Social Distancing

Pickup Options

There are several options to get materials from the Parkside Library:

  • Holds: request materials via Library Search and pick them up near the library's temporary entrance in Lower Main Place. You'll get an email when items are ready, usually within 24 hours.
  • Curbside Pickup: request materials via Library Search and pick them up in the RITA circle. See more details about this service below.
  • Browse In Person: L2 and L3 are open. Check out materials at the library's desk in Lower Main Place.

Curbside Pickup

To facilitate a curbside pick-up:

  1. Faculty, students, and staff may request items from Parkside and other UW libraries through Library Search. Search for items from the home page
  2. Sign in to your account (your UWP login), then choose Local Request or UW Request under Request Options.
  3. Make sure your information is correct and submit the request!

Once we have your item(s), you will receive two emails. One will be a system-generated message stating that your item is ready. The other will direct you to a questionnaire to determine your best pick-up time. The only way you’ll be able to get your items is by letting us know when to meet you, so please fill out this form.

Curbside pick-up will take place at the RITA on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00am–12:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00–3:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am–12:00pm.

Please come to the RITA circle drive only at your assigned time. Make sure to bring a picture ID (Ranger Card or Driver’s License). A library staff member will be waiting with your items.

Please know:

  1. This service is only available to UW-Parkside faculty, staff, and students.
  2. We will process your request as soon as possible, but due to limited on-site staffing and statewide shuttle routes, there may be delays. items from other UW libraries take about 7 business days to arrive, including a 4-day quarantine.

If you have any questions about this service, please contact the Access Services department at

Library FAQs

Is the library open?
Current students, faculty, and staff can enter the library via the elevator in Lower Main Place (through room D174) and browse and study on L2 and L3. Study rooms are not available, and seating is limited to promote distancing.

The L1 area of the library will remain closed until construction ends. 

Community borrowers and unapproved visitors may not visit the Parkside campus at this time. 

What are the library hours?

Look at our About page for hours through January 31, covering Winterim.

Can I still ask a librarian for help with research?
Absolutely! There are many ways to work with a librarian remotely:

Can I borrow a laptop or wifi hotspot? What if I'm on campus and need to print or use a computer?
The library loans laptops for up to 8 hours and hotspots (with laptops) for 3 days. Contact the CTS Tech Bar if you need to borrow technology long-term: or 262-595-2444.

Printers are on L2 until construction ends, but there are no desktop computers for student use in the library.

These computer labs are open: Molinaro 115, 117, 124, D112; Greenquist D134; and RITA 123 (Macs), SAC Pool Overlook Lounge.

Can I borrow books or other materials?
Please see the information about pickup options above. Current students, faculty, and staff can browse and borrow materials from L2 and L3, but staff will need to handle anything from L1 until construction ends. You can pick up holds at the temporary library entrance on D1 or via Curbside pickup.

How do I return my books?
The library book drop is now in the RITA lobby; you can return materials there or near the temporary library entrance in Lower Main Place, WYLL D174. 

I normally get articles very quickly through interlibrary loan, and now they’re taking much longer or getting canceled. Why?
If the article is only available in print format, your request may be canceled because many libraries are closed, and staff are not scanning. Contact a librarian for help finding alternative resources.

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