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Curbside Pick-up for Faculty and Graduate Students

Buley Library Offers Curbside Service with Phased Reopening Monday, July 27

Since Buley Library closed on March 12, many of you have been asking when we’ll reopen our doors.

We’ve got great news — Buley will once again offer checkouts of physical materials beginning Tuesday, July 7. And once we do, you can get the books you want without stepping out of your car.

How it Works

Curbside pickup is simple.

Beginning July 1, go to SouthernSearch. You must be logged into your account to request an item. To login to your account, go to the upper right and select "Sign In." this will allow you to see the request button on your results. Search our catalog for the items you want to pick up and click the "Request from Southern" button on the item.

To see your requests, click on your name in the upper right side of the screen. From the drop-down, select "My Library Account." This will show your checked out materials and your requests.

You’ll then go and select a pick up date and time in the calendar to the left or  Appointments and requests must be made the day prior to pick up to ensure we can have your items ready for you. Appointments are available Monday through Friday. 

ILL requests for physical materials won't start being filled until August 24th. 

Intercampus loans depends on the campus the books are coming from. The community colleges are filling intercampus loans and if we get them in, we can treat them like curbside pick-up. The CSUs are not filling intercampus loans at this time.

Please bring your ID card for pickup. After arriving at the loading dock of the Buley Library building at your appointment time, call 203-392-5756 and let library staff know that you’ve arrived. Please be prepared to provide a description of your vehicle, and if you have any special needs or instructions. If you don’t own a cell phone, please call before you leave your home, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

When our staff approach your vehicle, please press your library card against your vehicle’s window (so that we can verify your library card number), and pop your trunk. Staff will then place your holds in your trunk and close it for you. If you don’t have a trunk, our staff will put your holds in the backseat of your vehicle.

If you travel to the library with any mode of transportation other than a personal car, truck, or van, your holds will be placed on an outdoor table for pickup. When you arrive, please have your name and phone number listed on an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper, so that our staff can easily identify you. There will be markings on the ground at least six feet from the table, and we ask that you wait at this line, and remain at least six feet apart from other patrons. Our staff will check your ID, leave your holds on the table, and once they have left, you’re free to collect them.

Once you’re done with your materials, you can return them using our book drop in front of the building.

How We’re Keeping You Safe

Our first priority during this time is to protect the health and well-being of you and our faculty and staff.

Our curbside service is designed to minimize human contact as much as possible. Once you return your library materials to the book drop, they will be placed in quarantine for nine days before they’re placed back into circulation.

Our staff are required to wear face masks at all times.

Online renewal

Online renewal

If you have an item (book, DVD, CD, etc.) that is due to be returned to Buley Library, you may find it easier to renew the borrowing period. Use this link:

In the right upper corner, sign in. After you sign in click on your name, then click on "My Library Account." Your loans will be listed in the middle left. Click the "Renew All" button to renew all of your loans. 

No fines will be assessed during our closure regardless of renewal status.

Returning Materials

Returning materials

If you have books, DVDs, CDs, or similar materials that need to be returned to Buley Library, you may hold on to them until the library is open again. The return date will be back-dated when Buley Library reopens for business. You will not be charged overdue/late fees for these materials. Alternatively, you can return the book to the book drop outside the library or you can mail it to us at:

Buley Library, Attn: Access Services, Southern Connecticut State University, 500 Crescent St., New Haven, CT 06515

If you have equipment such as cameras and other items checked out from the Digital Scholarship Center (DSC), when Buley Library reopens, return the items to the Library Circulation Desk, and any fines due to late returns will be amended.

Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing materials not owned by Buley Library

Interlibrary loan (ILL) services ( involve requesting and obtaining materials (articles, book chapters, and books) that Buley Library does not have but that other libraries have. During a Southern campus closure, you can still submit requests for electronic materials (usually journal articles and e-book chapters), but any requests for print books may be delayed until Southern reopens its campus.  Also, some requests for materials held by other libraries may be delayed if those libraries are also closed. Use the link above to submit your ILL request.

Borrowing and lending items with other Connecticut State Colleges and Universities is also suspended at this time.

Federal Depository LogoThis library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

From March 11, 2020, for an indefinite time, we will not be able to provide access to physical items in our Federal depository library collection. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will provide full access again as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may contact the Connecticut State Library at (860) 757-6500 for help with Government information.

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