Our response to COVID-19

Our response to COVID-19

June 25, 2020

Tory Middlebrooks, Specialist in 3D Printing, in front of the 3D printers used to produce face shield headbands

When the COVID-19 pandemic shifted teaching, learning and research to remote and online environments, we were here to meet the most pressing needs of students, faculty, instructors and staff. We made a big difference in a short amount of time. Because at the University of Arizona, we're all in this together.

Our impact March-May 2020

250,000+ Uses of the 648 University of Arizona Press books made accessible online for free to researchers and students on campus and beyond
1,477 Technology loans to students, faculty and staff; includes over 400 laptops loaned to University of Arizona students to ensure they could attend online courses through the end of spring semester
2,736 Face shields created and distributed to campus and local healthcare workers as well as to Native nations in Arizona
181 We're one of 181 COVID-19 Rapid Interlibrary Loan Libraries that work together on a worldwide scale to borrow and loan electronic articles and chapters
2,051 Reference and research support interactions by email and chat
6,157 Views of online guides developed by our librarians: Library Support for Shifting to Online Teaching (5,235) and Coronavirus Disease 2019: General Information-Clinical (922)
2.5M+ Number of digital titles from our collection made available through the Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Services program when our physical collection wasn't accessible
We delivered! We responded to urgent requests for course streaming video options from instructors moving to remote teaching.

Comments from faculty, instructors, staff and students

"My enormous appreciation to everyone who has been so professional and helpful in obtaining this work and getting it to me under really difficult circumstances."

“ROCKET SPEED! Thank you SO much!!!”

“Thank you for all you do and for working for us amidst this pandemic!”

“I just wanted to send you a very sincere thank you for going above and beyond to help our microcampus students access course materials. It is always a pleasure to work with you.”

“Thank YOU so much! I am so grateful for this access/service. You are fabulous and I am grateful for all your help this academic year (as new faculty)!”