The University Libraries and COVID-19 Updates
The campus may be closed, but your University of Arkansas Libraries are still here for you during these uncertain times. Please continue to check this page for important updates regarding Libraries services and hours.
The Library buildings and the campus will be closed as of Thursday March 19. Please check our hours page for updates to opening times.
We’re still here for you!
There are many ways the Libraries can provide you with expert help and services, on campus or off.
Get Help 24/7
Need help finding, using, or citing information? Ask us! You can chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the convenience of your home. This service is staffed by UARK librarians as well as librarians from other university libraries worldwide.
Connect with your Subject Librarian
Subject Librarians are available for remote consultation and instruction.
Conduct your Research
The Libraries offer access to a multitude of online resources, including
- QuickSearch, a megasearch engine across millions of research articles, newspapers, magazines, books, dissertations, and reference dictionaries and encyclopedias
- 350+ specialized research databases
- 75,000+ e-journals
- 500,000+ e-books
- 200,000+ streaming videos and online audio files from our multimedia databases
- 18,000+ digital objects: images, audio, text, and more – through our Digital Collections
- 1500+ finding aids and descriptions of unique manuscript collections held by Special Collections.
Need help identifying the best resources for your research?
- Subject Librarians are available for remote consultation and instruction.
- Check our Research Guides for expert advice on topics from Accounting to Zotero, written by your subject librarians.
- Contact Special Collections for assistance with manuscript and rare book collections.
- Visit our Distance Learning page for tips for remote users.
Connect from Anywhere
Use our links to resources to authenticate as a University of Arkansas student, faculty, or staff member via OpenAthens. OpenAthens uses your UARK email and password and keeps you logged in longer with fewer cache errors or other annoyances. Read more about remote access to library resources or get help with connecting from off-campus.
Renew your Checkouts
Login into My Library Account to view your checkouts and renew items.
Electronic Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan
The Interlibrary Loan Department encourages you to continue submitting requests. Although we cannot guarantee success in each case, we will make every effort to locate a digital version for you.
The Libraries can still help you place digital materials in your Blackboard course. Email us at email@example.com to request materials for your students.
Contact our Multimedia department at firstname.lastname@example.org for help in obtaining streaming video for your classes.
Course Materials and Fair Use
Libraries nationwide have endorsed an agreement concerning fair use and support of remote teaching and learning in the current public health emergency. In adiditon, many pubishers including Elsevier, Cambridge, and others have made textbooks and other materials freely available during this crisis. Your University Libraries will work our hardest to place online materials in your Blackboard course as needed to complete assignments this semester. Please contact us at email@example.com for questions about availability of materials.
Extended Loan Periods
The last thing you need to worry about at this time is an overdue book. The Libraries are extending all regular 16-week loans to be due back in September. Special materials out on short-term loan have been updated to be due in April.
Not sure what you have checked out and when it is due? You can login to My Library Account to view your checkouts and renew items.
You can also sign up for our text message service to get timely reminders of items being held for you and upcoming due dates.
Book Drops are Open
We'll still be monitoring our three book drops for returned materials. In these extraordinary times, you may leave Interlibrary loan, course reserves, and audio visual materials in the book drops. Just please avoid tacos and pizza.
For the remainder of the 2020 fiscal year, the Libraries will prefer electronic formats for books to ensure widespread availability for remote learning and research. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request book purchases.
All Library events for Spring 2020 have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled at this time. We can't wait to see you all again soon. Until then, stay safe.