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We're Back!
The UMSL Thomas Jefferson Library Building and St. Louis Mercantile Library will reopen on August 24, 2020. In order to help protect patrons and staff, the library is going to be operating a bit differently than it was before.
First, we’re all going to be practicing safe physical distancing procedures.  Everyone should do their best to maintain six feet of space between each other when possible. We’ve already set up our reading and study tables to help with that. 

Additionally, the Thomas Jefferson Library Building, along with the rest of the buildings at UMSL are operating under an occupancy restriction of 25% of each building’s capacity.

left: Social Distancing in the 19th Century in The Mercantile Library Reading Room, ca. 1890, in the Mercantile Library’s old building downtown.
Our staff and patrons are also being asked to wear face masks inside the building. (Mr. Fox counts as staff.)

right: Sandy Scott, Yawning Fox, bronze; photo by John Neal Hoover.
And we encourage you to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds.

left: Lady Macbeth from The American Edition of Boydell’s Illustrated Works of Shakespeare, 1852.
And finally, the St. Louis Mercantile Library and the UMSL Library staff encourage our patrons to utilize our interlibrary loan, distance reference services via phone and email and Digital Library services when requesting material for use.  Appointments are highly encouraged if you need to view library material in person.

You can view our collection guides and contact us here.
Operators are standing by!

right: November 14, 1956, Telephone operators Mrs. Clara Lineback, left, and Mrs. Peggy Hicks took a wrong-number call and turned it into the assistance a frantic little boy needed.-St. Louis Globe Democrat Collection.

Additional details about the University of Missouri, St. Louis’ reopening procedures and policies can be found here.
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