It might be closed, but many of HU’s library services are still available to students.

By Melissa Farthing, Copy Editor

Since the coronavirus pandemic has prevented me from attending college in person, my house has become my new campus. Each day, as I step into my petite home library to study, the thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is how outdated the book selections are. Series such as Dork Diaries and Magic Tree House aren’t on many 19-year-old college students’ “Want To Read” lists.

This is one of the many reasons why I have so much appreciation for our university library. It’s so convenient having three floors of literature at your fingertips, along with free usage of updated desktop computers and friendly workers who are willing to answer any questions.

Unfortunately, the Richlyn Library will be closed the rest of the semester due to — you guessed it — the coronavirus. Despite this unprecedented shutdown, students will still be able to enjoy many of the library’s resources from the comfort of their homes.

Recently, an email was sent to Huntington University students regarding library services that will be available while classes are switched to an online format. If you aren’t able to access the email or just need a reminder, here is a recap of what will be accessible from the library as you attend HU from afar:

  • Ebooks may be checked out from the library’s Discovery system. You can access the website using this link: Overdue fines will not be charged while HU is under virtual learning.
  • The online databases that were previously available are still up and running. Find them here:
  • Interlibrary loans are still available for ebooks, book chapters and articles, but a large selection of physical items are excluded. 
  • Reference services are now available via email or Zoom sessions. 
  • If students have any questions, they may contact Anita Gray ( or Randy Neuman (

While it may not be the same as enjoying the Richlyn Library in the flesh, these resources are the next best thing for HU students looking to utilize our wonderful library during these tough times.