Library spaces community pact

Library staff are honored that the Reed community holds the library as an essential part of campus life. To ensure the library remains a healthy and safe space for community members, including library staff, please exercise care, courtesy, and respect when using the library. Thank you for joining in our pact to keep all members of our community safe.

Coming to the library

Do not come to the library if you're sick. If you need something, contact us. We will help you.

The Library, as part of the Reed College campus, is closed to the public. Current Reed students, faculty, and staff must swipe a Reed ID card to enter the building.


Wear a face covering at all times while in the library, even when alone in a room, while sitting quietly at a desk for a period of time, or while sleeping in a comfy chair.

Forgot your mask? Pick up one in the library lobby, just before the inner library entrance.

Distancing and seating

Observe social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet from others. A cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. Chairs and seating are arranged to ensure appropriate social distancing; please do not move them.

Checkout and returns

At the circulation desk, we have installed a plexiglas barrier, and have a self-swiping card reader you can use when checking out books.

If you need a book or other physical resource, please plan ahead and make use of our delivery and contactless pickup options. For the health and safety of library staff, please limit in-person checkouts whenever possible and return books to the bookdrop instead of the circulation desk.

Handling books and library materials

Since the virus persists on books and other library surfaces for multiple days, practice good hand hygiene (wash hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, keep hands away from face) while handling library materials. Do not return books or materials if you are sick. We will extend due dates and waive fines. Contact us. We will help you.

After books are returned, we quarantine them for at least 72 hours to reduce the potential spread of the virus. Only then are books reshelved or available for hold shelf pickup.