Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Libraries have continued to work to keep everyone safe in our spaces and provide the best opportunities for research, study, connection, collaboration and innovation. We successfully adapted our services to provide curbside pickup for our collections and then optimistically invited everyone through our doors asking patrons and staff to wear masks. These adjustments were for the health and safety of everyone and demonstrated our commitment to well-being as well as academic success at Binghamton. While it continues to be an unpredictable time, the challenges we have faced together have been met with the dedicated staff, faculty and patrons who make our library community so special.
At this time the Libraries will adjust our policy to align with current University policy and practice. Stated in President Stenger’s email to the community, this “decision is based on low COVID-19 transmission rates in Broome County and campus.”
As such, effective Saturday, March 26, 2022, the following is the updated COVID-19 policy regarding masks for the Libraries:
- Wearing a mask is no longer required in any Libraries locations.
- Those who wish to continue wearing masks are welcome to do so.
- Faculty and staff in classroom or other group settings may ask patrons to wear masks as a courtesy.
The Libraries are committed to providing the best resources for everyone’s academic endeavors and success. In the spirit of community, we hope everyone respects masking requests as a sign of compassion for those who may have underlying health concerns for themselves or loved ones.
We hope everyone within the Libraries community continues to be healthy and safe.
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