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COVID-19 Library Operations: Home

This page provides information related to Bryan College Library's response to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.

Covid-19 Library Operations Updates Page

This page provides information related to Bryan College Library's response to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links. This information, and library services, are still developing. Please check back for the latest.

Questions? Suggestions for how we can support your off-campus work? Please contact us.

Page last updated Fri, April 30

Livesay Learning Center Building Access

For the Summer Term (May 3 - August 20), the Livesay Learning Center building is only open to faculty, staff, and students by key-card access only.

Building Access Hours for Faculty, Staff, & Students:

Mon - Fri     8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Sat - Sun    CLOSED

Community Patrons:

The library doors remain locked this summer. You may access the library through 1 of 2 ways.

  1. Curbside service
  2. Check in at the Stophel Welcome Center to receive a visitor's pass for entrance into the library building.

Please email or call (423) 775-7307 with questions.

Access to Online and Physical Materials

We are here to get you the materials you need to teach your classes or complete your assignments. The links below provide direct access to materials including databases, articles, books, e-books, and streaming video.

Instructional Support

The library offers support for faculty teaching online courses. Please contact us with any questions related to options for online library instruction offerings, library materials, or other ways the library can support the transition to online instruction.

Library Services FAQs

Q: What do I do if I need help with my research for an assignment?

A: Contact a Librarian! That's what we get paid for! We are here to teach you just like your other professors, so use our expertise to learn! (See below.)

Q: When and how can I get research help from a librarian?
  • A: For the Summer Term, librarians are monitoring the telephone (423-775-7307) and emails (Library@bryan.eduduring these hours for immediate research assistance:

Mon – Fri       8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • A: Librarians are offering the availability of video reference service through Google Meet during the same hours by appointment only: (Call or email for an appointment during the hours noted above and you will get a Google Meet invitation by email.)
Q: What do I do if I can't get into the databases?

A: If you are not used to accessing databases off-campus, you may not realize that you need to log into MyBryan before accessing the databases. Then click on the library icon in the bar at the bottom of the page, and navigate to the database you want to go to from there. If you have done this and still have difficulty, contact us at (phone) 423-775-7307 or (email) for help.

Q: Where are other resources that I can use online?

A: There is a list of freely accessible resources (for a limited time) on a special subject guide called "Free for a Limited Time" available now. Check it out! You may also notice new material available through our databases for a limited time that is not normally accessible through your Bryan logon.

Q: Can I come to the Library?

A: In order to help "flatten the curve" on the coronavirus, the library will be open only to faculty, staff, & students (key card access only) for the remainder of the summer semester. Community patrons can access the library using curbside service or by first checking in at the Stophel Welcome Center for a guest pass to enter the library building. See the rest of this and the other FAQs to learn what you can still do through the library and what we can still do for you.

Q: Can I still check out any physical books from the library?

A: Yes! Students, faculty and staff who wish to check out physical items may do so. For community patrons, curbside service will be available to check out materials. Please call (423) 775-7307 with questions.

Q: How can I return books to the library?

A: You can return books in the outside book drop which is on the parking lot side of the library anytime. Contact us for more information.

Q: Can I still use Interlibrary loan (ILL) for items I can't get through Bryan's databases?

A: Yes, items that can be obtained physically or electronically will be available through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This includes most books, journal articles, and very limited scans (10 pages or less) from books.

COVID-19 Library Policies

Read and learn what new policies the library has put in place in response to COVID-19.

Online Assistance (Summer Term)

For the Summer Term, help via phone & online help via email or a Google Meet appointment is available during the following hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday - Sunday



Call (423) 775-7307



You can schedule an appointment via Google Meet with a librarian for assistance with research. Email to request an appointment.

College COVID-19 Updates

Learn what Bryan College is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Subject Guide

Explore the library's COVID-19 subject guide for resources and scholarly information about the coronavirus.

free resources subject guide