Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Library Changes in Response to COVID-19

Guide to general information sources and HBU News pertaining to the Coronavirus.

Current Update

Purpose of this Guide:

The purpose of this coronavirus update guide is to inform the HBU family and the general public about the Library. Our goal is to share clear communication regarding the current crisis so that your library research can continue and how it can be accomplished.

Current Takeaways



HBU is a mask-only campus in all publicly accessible spaces. We also highly recommend handwashing and distancing. Library study seating has significantly reduced due to distancing requirements. The Library is open to HBU faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Do you have questions about how COVID affects  classes, tours, residence life, international students, finances, activities, or labs? What if you have to report a positive case or exposure? Check out the  COVID FAQ page on HBU Answers for the right answers!


What is open?

The second floor of the library is open. All services are available. 



Sign Up!

The Library's main goal is provide IDs in a way that promotes social distancing. To that end, the library will not be accepting walk-ups in order to avoid too many people congregating near the camera station. Instead, the Library is asking that students sign up at before coming to the library. The web site is mobile friendly.

o   Time increments are set at five minutes intervals lasting all day.

o   Students will need to give their name and email address.

o   Students will receive a confirmation email at whatever email address is used.

o   Students can delete their slot and select a new one if they need to reschedule.

o   Time slots will be available Monday-Friday from opening until 30 minutes before closing.



We regret that due to the current status of the virus and for the protection of HBU students, the campus is currently not open to the general public. That includes TexShare patrons. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has reopened the TexShare program; therefore, the Fetch-It program (see below) is available for patrons to use with current cards. Follow the instructions below. For pickup, call the Library's Circulation Desk at 281-6494-3304 with questions or to inform them of your arrival. Your books can be brought to you after showing your current TexShare card.

Library Services

  • All services are open.
  • Services to TexShare patrons are suspended until the State Library of Texas reinstates the program.
  • Library study space is again open; however, restricted due to spacing requirements. Please plan accordingly and please plan to make wise use of your time and share so others can study as needed upstairs.
  • ID cards still need to be presented for entrance.

Physical Books

  • Please NO book browsing! The book stacks are closed. The stacks are closed with your health in mind!
  • Use Operation Fetch It! to retrieve books for you!
  • Since you cannot physical browse the books, you may have to place orders until you find the book you want.

Electronic Books

  • The library has over 300,000 E-books available for multiple, simultaneous use.
  • We recommend VIEWING the books instead of downloading to make things easier. Viewing capabilities on both phones and tablets are excellent. 

More Help

LibGuides, and self-guided tutorials to help with a variety of reference services to help find what you need for your assignments. We are exploring new ways of enhancing new capabilities to LibChat for screen-casting and displaying screens to help with reference questions just as if you were in the library.

The library is not allowing food and beverages into the second floor at this time with the mask requirements. If you need to eat or drink, please do so in Java City coffee shop downstairs. The CIMR purification unit is not available upstairs.


Last updated: 20201216/1530