This blog post was written by Mary Goolsby, Director and Bob Bullock Archivist.
After five months of a much-too-quiet campus – Welcome back Baylor Bears! We have missed you!
As you have already gleaned from the information you’ve received from President Livingstone and other official Baylor sources, the university has been hard at work imagining, planning, and implementing a strategy for a safe campus. A lot of the success of this strategy depends on you. All faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus must adhere to the COVID-19 protocols for the safety of themselves and each other. After all, the guidelines are fairly simple: wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands, use sanitizer, and stay at home if you feel “off” in any way. If you are sick, Baylor has a plan for taking care of you without allowing the virus to spread. Be vigilant!
The Poage Library is doing what all libraries across campus are doing in terms of requiring masks, social distancing, and providing cleaning supplies to keep surfaces virus-free. The Reading Room and Graduate Research Center have experienced some physical alterations, mostly the removal of excess chairs for distancing purposes. The GRC Commons (affectionately known as the Incubator) will follow the Moody and Jones Library hours, while the rest of Poage Library will remain open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One change that is sure to be popular with those who study in the Poage Reading Room is the update to a food- and drink-friendly environment. Researchers working with archival materials are still not allowed food or drink, but students who are studying can as long as they clean up their workspace afterwards.
Due to an ongoing book project, all Poage library materials are now non-circulating. You are welcome to read and view our books in the Reading Room, but they cannot be checked out or requested via inter-library loan.
Once again, welcome back! Let’s all do our best in protecting each other to make sure we get to stay here on campus.