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COVID Related Policy Changes: Home


The maximum occupancy of the MOHL is 50 people until further notice. Access to the building is restricted to current students, staff and faculty of Willamette University and Claremont School of Theology. Bring your ID card as a card swipe is required for access. Given campus rules and occupancy restrictions we cannot welcome guests, children, spouses, etc.

Spring hours reflect our attempts to balance student academic needs against employee and student health concerns. Hours may be adjusted as the campus and community health situation change.

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Archives hours are by appointment only.


Group and individual study rooms will be closed until further notice.

Masks are required and seating has been arranged and marked so as to encourage social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Closed container beverages are permitted but eating is prohibited until further notice. Water fountains have been shut off until further notice.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 503-370-6018 with any questions.

Reference and Instruction

The majority of reference and instruction interactions will be virtual in the fall. We will use chat and Zoom for most of these interactions. Don’t worry if you don’t have a device with Zoom with you, we have workstations set up in the library you can use.

More details can be found on the library’s website.


Desk hours are the same as for the library.

Please note that for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, physical reserves have been suspended. Summit and ILL are active, but many higher education institutions are not yet participating.

All items removed from the shelves, returned, or ordered via ILL or Summit will be quarantined for 48 hours before being available. Please take account of this delay and plan accordingly.

Contactless check out will remain available for those that request it in the front vestibule. You may access the vestibule with your valid ID 24 hours/day.

If you aren’t on campus and live more than 50 miles from Salem, you may request that we mail you materials. Patrons are responsible for all items once they are mailed and for returning the items within the due date at their own expense.

Collections Update

Just a reminder that over the summer the majority of the bound periodicals moved to offsite storage. You can request articles using our ILL infrastructure.

The collection of monographs and thesis we received from CST arrived over the summer, are shelved as their own collection on the first floor of the library, and are available for browsing and borrowing. They may be found via our online catalog.

Online Resources

Many of the library's resources are available online; you can access databases, journal articles, newspaper articles, ebooks, films, and music, all from your computer.  Check out the library's guide:  How to Find Online Resources and Access Library Services Remotely