Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Welcome Back into the Building

by Frank Boles

On August 3 the Park Library Building will welcome users into the building for the first time since the building closed in accordance with the governor's executive orders. Re-opening however, does not mean access will be the same as it was before the pandemic struck. In accordance with both the governor's executive orders and CMU's own decisions, new rules will be in place. The two most important rules will be:
  • All visitors must wear face masks at all times.   
  • Social distancing of a minimum of six feet must be observed. To accomplish this rule:   
    • One researcher (or one, related group) will be allowed at each table in the reading room. 
    • Generally four people at a time will be allowed in the exhibit area at the same time to view the exhibit (exemptions will be made for a related group who wish to see the exhibit together, such as a multi-generational family). 
In order to enforce the social distance policy, beginning August 3 and throughout the fall academic semester, an appointment will be required to enter the Clarke Historical Library, either to view the exhibit or the use of the library resources in the reading room. 

To make an appointment either 
  • Email us at Please let us know if you wish to see the exhibit or conduct research, and the tentative date and time you plan to visit. If you wish to do research, we would also appreciate an estimate of how long you believe you'll be visiting.
    • We will contact you by email to confirm the date and appointment, or if necessary, request you adjust your schedule.  
  • Telephone 989.774.3352 and ask to make an appointment.
The library will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding academic and national holidays), and Saturday, September 19 and Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 
  • Please contact us a minimum of 24 hours before your proposed visit, during normal working hours. 
  • Reservation dates and times will be made in the order in which they are received. Calling early is recommended. 
Although electronic resources have proved a lifeline for many library users, sometimes there is no substitute for coming in the door. We look forward to seeing you soon.