Join us “in” the Library with new Virtual Backgrounds!

We’ve pulled together some lovely backgrounds that you can use to spruce up your Zoom space… free to use and share!

To use: Click an image below to see the large version. Then right-click the large file and “Save as…”. In Zoom, upload that image to create a virtual background.

Expanded Online Resources & Specialized Assistance Available

We’re working hard here at the UVA Library and want to share some exciting resources — some new, some less-new — that are usable for research and instruction. As ever, chat us with questions!

As we all do our best to work, learn, and stay safe, we’re grateful to our UVA community. We hope you stay safe and healthy.

Questions, complaints, and compliments are always welcome:

HathiTrust Provides Emergency Temporary Access to Copyrighted Books

Today, HathiTrust took an important step and opened up copyrighted material in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections.

This means that any books available through HathiTrust which are also in UVA’s collections will be available online without the additional step of requesting a digital scan. HathiTrust’s online collection contains more than half of the UVA Library’s book collection.

UVA is among the first member libraries with access to this service.

To take advantage of this resource:

  1. Visit and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  2. Select “University of Virginia” and log in using your Netbadge credentials.
  3. Use the site to locate the item you wish to view.
  4. Click on the Temporary Access link at the bottom of the record to Check Out the item through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

You will have 60 minutes of access to the book during any session. If you remain active in the book during any session, access time will be extended. You are not able to download the book in any way; you may only read it online in an active session while using HathiTrust. This is to protect the author’s rights.

Detailed instructions (including how to use the service on a phone or tablet) can be found here:

If you have questions or concerns, please submit them to

For help with access to these and other digital resources at UVA, reach out to

UVA modifies operations; Libraries are closed to the public but support distance learning

The University has announced a set of significant operational changes, beginning Wednesday, March 18. Key among those changes are the fact that Library locations are no longer open to the public. Closing these spaces serves two essential purposes: 1) most importantly, it protects members of our community from the spread of COVID-19 by discouraging in-person social engagement; 2) it allows Library staff to focus on supporting distance learning and teaching through scanning, consultation, and collaboration with other units across the UVA community.

The Library’s key priority at this time is to help ensure that courses, which begin to convene online tomorrow, run smoothly. In the coming weeks, we intend to expand our attention to research continuity, as finding a “new normal” will be essential for most activities that previously took place in person at UVA.

Key items to be aware of at this time are listed below. These are expanded upon in our Library Resources FAQ.

  • ANY member of the UVA Community can select “Request LEO Delivery” in Virgo, which will initiate a request process for full or partial scans of Library materials.
    • Additionally, instructors can use the Instructional Scanning Service to receive materials through Collab and/or to digitize physical items currently on reserve.
      • Instructors who possess an item that needs scanning can drop it off at the Ivy Stacks book drop. Be sure to label it with your name, course, and section(s) of the text needing digitization.
    • If you are a student and need course materials, like a textbook, please work with your instructor to make a request so that we can avoid duplication of effort.
  • Items currently on hold shelves can easily be retrieved for scanning. Simply email with the transaction number and the pages you need scanned.
    • For a very limited time patrons may pick up items currently on Hold at various libraries. Please reply to the book pick-up notification email to make arrangements to pick up no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 20. After this time, Holds remain available for scanning as described above.
  • All Library fines have been waived. Due date for all items has been pushed to May, 2020 (and will be pushed again if needed).
  • Subject liaisons and Library specialists are hard at work to provide teaching and research assistance.They can provide support such as:
    • Locating online resources to facilitate distance access,
    • Identifying open educational resources,
    • Assisting with lesson modification based on time or proximity constraints,
    • Providing advice for synchronous or asynchronous instruction,
    • and much more.
    • Find your subject liaison now.

We appreciate your patience as we work together in this rapidly-shifting environment.

Questions? Use Ask a Librarian chat or send an email to any time.





Library Services Shift to Support Distance Learning

As the UVA Community quickly shifts into online learning, the Library is working non-stop to equip educators and students with materials they need to continue classes while practicing essential safe social distancing.

Locations and Hours

For anyone local, please check our Hours page before visiting, as the situation is evolving and hours are subject to change.

On the whole, the CDC is currently recommending avoiding being out in public. However, if you must be in public, CDC recommends 6 feet of distance between individuals. Libraries are adjusting furniture and service placement accordingly. Please be considerate of staff and other patrons and do not come to the Library if you are sick or if you may have been exposed to someone who is.

Resources for Distance Learning

Below are a few other things you may find helpful. More information is available on our COVID-19 Library Resources page. 

We’re doing all we can to ensure no one needs to visit Grounds in person. To that end…


We know folks need course materials, and we’re working hard to deliver those electronically through our Learning Management Systems.


If you need non-textbook materials, or worry your textbook isn’t being addressed, please:

  1. Attempt to locate the item in Virgo and submit a request (ILL or LEO) – this puts the item most efficiently into our workflow;
  2. or, if you don’t find what you need, email 4leo@virginia.eduwith details of your request.

Fines/fees/due dates

All overdue fines are suspended, including for ILL items. Due dates have been extended to the end of the semester, and will extend further if the situation necessitates.

Help for Educators, Help for Students

We’ve created a guide for Educators and one for Students, each highlighting services that may be of use as you pivot to online instruction.

Additionally, we remain reachable through Ask a Librarian chat, email, and phone, to answer questions and get you what you need.

Read more about items above and more on our COVID-19 Resources page. 

Most importantly…

We want to thank all of you for your patience and kindness as we all work hard to adjust to these extreme circumstances. Be safe, stay home whenever possible… and we can’t wait to see you in person on the other side.

Be aware. Be thoughtful. Be kind. Before entering this building, please consider the following: wash your hands; cover your cough; sick? Stay home.




Library hours adjust to meet in-person and online needs

With students, including the Library’s many student workers, not returning to Grounds after spring break because of caution around the outbreak of COVID-19, the Library faces significantly reduced staffing capacity for public services. Simultaneously, we are dramatically increasing our support for scanning, online learning, and distance access.

Beginning Sunday, March 15, Library hours will largely operate on an 8 a.m. – 5p.m. (or 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in some locations) schedule from Monday through Friday. On this coming Sunday, only Clemons Library will be open. As always, visit the Library hours page for the most up to date information.

The Health Sciences Library, Darden Library, and Law Library are currently examining their scheduling—latest information can be found on the University’s Operations Status Board.

Meeting patron needs

We recognize that these limited hours may prove inconvenient to visitors who live in Charlottesville and require internet access or use of Library spaces. If you anticipate a need to utilize Library spaces in evening hours, for the purpose of teaching or attending classes, we ask that you please let us know by emailing Being aware of your needs will help us work together to empower students and educators in a sustainable way.

COVID-19 Update from University of Virginia

Today the University announced its intention to move classes online and minimize in-person contact in an effort to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.

The Library is monitoring the situation closely, and is taking the following steps:

  • As UVA facilities remain open, the Libraries are also open. If the situation changes, updates will be posted to the Library website and circulated through our social media channels.
  • The Library has contributed information to UVA’s Teaching Continuity website, which holds information about remote teaching, scanning services, and more.
  • Scanning services, and remote services in general, will be ramping up to enable remote teaching and learning efforts.

Updates will be posted on Library channels as we monitor the situation. To stay in the loop, sign up to receive news alerts in your email, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or visit the Library home page.

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There’s a lot going on these days! We know you don’t want to miss it. Stay on top of Library news in two easy steps:

  1. Visit the Library News home page and enter your email address in the right-hand sidebar. Click “Subscribe”.
    • For what it’s worth, we’ll never (ever) share your email address. Librarians take privacy very seriously.
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