Murray Library FAQ - Updated for Spring Term

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Off-campus visitors are not allowed to use Murray Library until further notice due to health guidelines.

The safety and health of library users and staff is our priority. Furniture has been reconfigured to comply with health guidelines. Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the Circulation Desk area. Sanitizing stations are available by each public printer and throughout the library for self-sanitizing surfaces and equipment prior to use. Signage for implementing health guidelines and maximum occupancy for Group Study Rooms and Theme Rooms are posted. Daily sanitizing of public areas is done the hour before opening each morning.

Masks are required for everyone on campus in public spaces, including the library. Exceptions are made for drinking and eating alone while socially distanced from others.

All returned library materials should be placed in the outside book drop (to the right of the main front entrance) or at the Circulation Desk. The book-drop is always available even when the library is closed. All browsed library materials should be placed on the designated carts throughout the library and should not be re-shelved. The address to use if you want to mail items back is:

Murray Library
Messiah University
One University Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
ATTN: Circulation Dept.


All returned library material is quarantined for 72 hours before further handling.

Email your requests for physical items (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) to  We will coordinate delivery of materials through Residence Life. Also, utilize our many e-resources.


A wealth of online resources, including e-books, full-text journals and streaming audio and video are available; online chat for research assistance is available; and delivery of physical items to a remote undergrad or grad student is available.

For general questions, please contact  or contact librarians at with other questions you may have.

Yes, all interlibrary loan services will be available.

Library patrons may access the stacks to retrieve needed materials, but are asked to maintain six- foot distance from other patrons.

Murray Library offers soft seating, tables and cubicles on both levels of the library incorporating social distancing guidelines.  Signage at tables and cubicles direct you to available (green) and unavailable (red) places to sit. Please do not move furniture or chairs, as they have been strategically placed for social distancing. Research assistance is available via chat, email, phone or zoom.

Group study is not permitted and concurrent number of patrons using the library is limited by available socially-distanced seating.
Many of our resources are easily accessible on our website.   Research assistance is available via chat, email and phone. Other questions or assistance can be directed to: or to Librarian Liaisons at

Group study is not permitted in the library.  Maximum occupancy is posted outside each room with a maximum of either two or three people studying individually.  Rooms may be used on a first come first served basis, and the room reservation system is not in use until further notice.
All materials to be checked out should be brought to the Circulation Desk where intentional “contactless” checkout procedures are conducted, while monitored by a desk attendant.
Yes. A limited number of public computer stations are available.

A plexiglass barrier has been installed at the Circulation Desk area. Library staff work remotely whenever possible. When onsite, library staff are required to wear masks in public areas. All circulated library materials are quarantined for 72 hours.

Due to space limitation both in the stacks and for storage, we no longer accept donations.

Procedures for converting DVD/VHS to streaming  (Coordinated by ITS)

Contact your liaison librarian about:

  • Linking to resources
  • Finding online content relevant to course objectives


Members of the Messiah community are invited to submit an anecdote, poem, reflection, photo, video, or blog post to Covid Chronicles @ Messiah. These will be preserved and presented in Mosaic. Click to submit Your Messiah login information will be needed to complete the form.


Please review the copyright policies and procedures at the link below.

Copyright at Messiah University

Off-campus visitors are not allowed on campus until further notice. On-campus researchers may make an appointment by contacting