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Himmelfarb Opens Its Doors with Changes to Protect Your Health

Our New NormalThe Himmelfarb Library will open on Monday, June 15 to patrons that have been approved to be on campus during phase 1 of reopening and to students currently enrolled in classes or on clinical rotations. Our summer hours (subject to change) are:

Mondays – Thursdays: 8am – 8pm

Fridays: 8am – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday: 12n – 8pm

We are implementing a number of safety measures to promote social distancing and safeguard your health.

Masks

  • Users are required to wear a mask at all times inside the library.

Getting around

  • Enter Himmelfarb Library via the Courtyard.
  • Exit Himmelfarb Library via the security gate.
  • Directional signs will be posted throughout the library to indicate proper distancing and traffic flow.
  • Only one person at a time may use the elevator; priority goes to handicapped users.
  • Our stairwells will be one-directional: 
    • To go up, use the stairwell on the Courtyard side of the building next to the elevator.
    • To go down, use the stairs on the 23rd Street side of the Library.

Using study spaces

  • We have arranged study tables and chairs in a way that ensures 6 ft. of space between users. Floor decals will be used as markers for each and every approved seat to make sure that the patrons are social distancing
    • Please do not move furniture.
    • Keep chairs stationed over their floor decals.
  •  All study rooms at Himmelfarb Library MUST be reserved in advance on our web page. (https://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/services/groupstudy.cfm)
  • Only 1 user is permitted in a study room at a time, except in the following rooms:
    • 2 users are permitted in: B100B, B100A, 201, 203G, 204H, 203C, 204C, 304I, 304C, and 305H.
    • 4 users are permitted in: 303.
  • Please limit the amount of food and drink you bring into the library.
  • Please clean up your space before you leave.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available throughout Himmelfarb. 

Handling library materials

  •  If you pull a book off the shelf that you don’t plan to check out, please return it to a shelving cart.
    • Library staff will quarantine all books on carts for 3 days after usage.
  • Library staff will quarantine all borrowed books for 3 days upon check-in.
  • Borrowed equipment will be cleaned upon return and prior to checkout.

Restrooms

  • Restrooms will have a one-person occupancy limit.
  • Please announce yourself before entering to make sure the restroom is unoccupied.

There will be a way to open the door without using your hands: a kick plate to enter, and a “foot puller” to open the door from the inside.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. You may text a librarian at 202-601-3525, or send an email to: himmelfarb@gwu.edu. You may also contact the Circulation Desk at 202-994-2962.

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