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Uborrow service transition

TL;DR: After May 6, 2024, do not recommend Uborrow as an option to patrons. Its operations are being packaged within InterLibrary Loan.

Full message from ILL:

This spring, Big Ten libraries will seamlessly transition to a new system for sharing materials as the UBorrow service moves behind the scenes.

  • As an alternative to reserving and requesting through UBorrow, we recommend using WorldCat. After clicking on a record, look on the right side of the page for a red button labeled “Request through ILL.”
  • You can start using WorldCat now. The UBorrow catalog will be deactivated on May 6, 2024.
  • Loan periods, renewals, and request fulfillment speed will not be affected.

We will continue to give preference to our Big Ten partners for all requests submitted to Interlibrary Loan. This means the libraries who lend materials for the longest period of time will always be prioritized and requests will be filled as quickly as possible.

Limited Services on Eclipse Day

Many partner units and service desks in Wells Library will be closed or have limited hours on Monday, April 8 for the solar eclipse.

Bookmarket Eatery11am-2pm, 4-8pm
Circulation – East Tower8am-midnight
Government Information, Maps and Microform ServicesCLOSED
Media ServicesCLOSED
Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate EducationCLOSED
Reference Desk – Scholars’ Commons9a-5pm
Research Assistant Desk – Learning CommonsCLOSED
University ArchivesCLOSED
University Division (Academic Advising)CLOSED for in person help, remote support for phone and email inquiries
UITS Support CenterCLOSED for in person help, remote support available via phone, email, and chat 24/7
Writing Tutorial ServicesCLOSED

Reminder for PS5

When checking out/discharging the PS5, please remember scan the base along with the controllers and console. Somebody was billed $25 earlier because the base wasn’t discharged the last time the PS5 was checked out even though it was returned.


Scanning negatives in the digitization lab

We have had more students come in trying to do this, so a few tips from Digital Collections Services:

  1. We have slide/negative holders at the reference desk, in the cabinet.
  2. There are instructions for negatives/slides scanning in the file holders on the check-in desk in the digitization lab.
  3. The instructions say this, but you do need to take the white piece out of the top of the scanner for these.
  4. Finally, if students can’t figure it out and need help, they can email Caitlin Hastings at to make an appointment.

Closing reminders

For those working closing shifts, please remember to tidy up the chairs and the media rooms. This includes pushing in chairs, leaving the media room doors open to let them air out overnight, and returning moved chairs to their proper place. Also, don’t forget that the computers at the front desk must be restarted and not shut down.


Library Wellness Program in 157M

Room E157M is no longer bookable for the spring semester. The Library Wellness Program, a partnership between the Libraries and the School of Social Work, will be using room E157M Monday-Friday from 8am-7pm. If they are not using the room students are welcome to pop in, but they may be asked to leave.

PS 5

It looks like the PS 5 is on the fritz. UITS has been contacted as of yesterday evening (1/16). If we don’t hear from UITS in a reasonable amount of time we should reach out to them or Libauto. In the meantime, we should inform patrons that the PS 5 is currently unavailable.


Libera Winter Break Hours

Here is some staffing information for our friends in Electronic Resources (aka libera). You can always email libera with outages and other access questions, but they might not be as quick to respond over the winter break.

Week of December 18-22, 2023

  • Helpdesk hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Note: There will be limited staffing Wednesday through Friday. We appreciate your patience as there may be delays resolving issues that are typically handled by senior members of ERA/Acquisitions.

Week of December 25-29, 2023

  • The ERA helpdesk will be closed.
    • Please feel free to send any e-resource problems or questions you may have during this time. We will respond when offices re-open in January.

Week of January 1-5, 2024

  • The ERA helpdesk will be closed on January 1.
  • Helpdesk hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.