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COVID-19: Library Access

CBU library resources and services during the COVID-19 outbreak


Remote Library Support

Chat: Look for the Ask a Librarian box and chat with one of our library staff.

Research Consultations: Students and Faculty may request a WebEx research consultation with a librarian.

Library Use Policy Changes


The library remains a space for quiet study and research. See the Library Hours page for our detailed schedule.

In accordance with CBU's COVID-19 safety guidelines:

  • Masks:
  • No Food is allowed in the library. Covered drink bottles and containers are allowed.
  • Library Spaces:
    • Seating capacity is reduced to facilitate social distancing. This includes study tables, carrels, booths, computer stations, etc.
  • Book Checkout and Return
    • You are invited to to place holds for books and other items in advance. See below for instructions.
    • Books may be returned to the Book Return box located on the library's front porch.
    • There are NO FINES OR FEES for overdue items. (Lost/replacement costs still apply.)

Checking Out Material from Plough Library

Library Holds and Book Checkout

Request items from Plough Library’s collection, and library staff will retrieve them for you.

Place a Hold:

  1. Use the "Search for books, articles, videos, and more..." box found on the center of the Library's homepage at
  2. Type in search terms -- the title of a book, the name of an author, keywords, etc.
  3. When you find an item you want, click on its title to open the full record.
  4. Midway down, you'll see a Place Hold button. Click it.
  5. If you are not already logged into your Library account, you'll be prompted to log in at this time. Use your CBU username and password.
  6. Review your request, and click Submit.

Pick Up Holds:

  • Staff will check for requests and pull material twice a day. Pulled item(s) will be checked out to you and bagged (with the pull date noted so you can quarantine it if you choose). You will receive email notification when your holds are ready for pickup.
  • Show your CBU ID to pick up holds.
  • Books will be held for 5 business days. If you do not pick up your material within that time, it will checked back in and returned to the shelf.
  • You may place up to 5 holds at a time.

Plough Library · Christian Brothers University
Library Hours

650 E Parkway S, Memphis, TN 38117 · (901) 321-3432