West Campus facility remains open for students
Library resources continue to be accessible, though they are limited on a face-to-face basis.
“The pandemic has thrown us a lot of struggles, but luckily there was not too much trouble since a lot of the library’s resources are already online,” said Cody Gregg, dean of Learning Resources at Del Mar College.
According to Gregg, if you are in need of a book the library will put it on reserve for you to pick up. The library is taking precaution and is quarantining every book for seven days to ensure the safety of students.
Students also are able to check out films for certain media classes like film studies.
Barth Learning Resources Center, located on West Campus, is open with limited hours and space. Students are able to use Barth for resources. However, Barth does have remote reference help located through a chat program on the Ask Academic home page 24/7.
“As long as the book or film on reserve is located at Barth it is available to check out,” said Lisa Muilenburg, a librarian on West Campus. Barth is the only place available that students can check out resources.
According to Muilenburg, staff and student workers at Barth are working hard to keep all surfaces and themselves clean. They have hand sanitizer and sprays and are constantly wiping down spaces.
“Everyone must wear a mask and social distance to ensure safety,” Muilenburg said.
“There are 13 computers available and you are still able to print your 50 pages if needed, along with 29 places to sit and study,” Muilenburg said. ”Unfortunately, no group study.”
According to Muilenburg, there are no study rooms available because Barth is making sure to keep those open if students need to watch a video that is from the reserve.
If Barth starts to see more students, they have discussed the possibility of establishing time limits for computers and study space in the future.
Barth is facing some challenges though with circulation since they only have access to the books on West Campus. They have worked hard to bring as many resources as possible to West Campus but they could not bring everything. If students are in need of more assistance The Stone Writing Center, The Math Lab and the Student Hub are also open.
From culinary to welding, a variety of students have been coming to Barth to use the space and resources. There have also been lots of faculty from East Campus who come to Barth to see what resources are available to their students.
Barth is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.