Covid-19 Updates

Last update: Aug. 2, 2021

Mask Requirements at U of U Health Expanded to Include Non-Clinical Areas

In recent weeks, Utah has seen a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. This is primarily due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant – a concerning national trend that has also resulted in an increase of patient hospitalizations.

In response, the CDC updated its masking guidance by recommending individuals once again wear masks in public indoor settings, even for those who are vaccinated. This updated guidance has prompted U of U Health to revise current masking policies in order to help keep everyone safe.

Although masks are currently required in buildings where direct clinical care is provided, U of U Health leadership is expanding this requirement to include ALL U of U Health facilities. We understand that many employees work in buildings that are shared with other organizations and may not be exclusive to U of U Health. In these instances, the expectation is that all U of U Health employees and students will wear a mask.

Learn more about the updated Universal Face Covering (Masking) and Eye Protection Policy by clicking on the links below:

We all look forward to the day when face masks are no longer required at U of U Health. Until then, thank you for your continued diligence with masking and for recognizing our responsibility to protect our patients and each other.


For symptomatic or confirmed exposure (via contact tracing)

University students, faculty or staff with COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed exposure should call the University of Utah health and testing hotline at 801-587-0712 or visit to schedule an appointment through University of Utah Health.

Students, faculty and staff can also visit the state’s coronavirus site at to find additional testing locations.

U of U Health faculty and staff with COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed exposure should call work Wellness at 801-581-2227 (select option 1) before returning to work.

Read details for All Students, Faculty and Staff (including healthcare works)

COVID-19 Vaccine Progress & Availability

Get the most current information for the COVID-19 Vaccination through the University of Utah Health.

Eccles Library Services Updates

This page contains relevant information related to the Eccles Health Sciences Library current operations and response to the COVID-19 pandemic including updates to operations, access to online resources, and other helpful links.


  • Live Chat/Help/Reference, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Open a Chat
  • Phone help: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, 801-581-5534
  • Text help: Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm, 801-903-2182
  • Email us: via our Ask EHSL Form


Library Hours

Starting July 6, 2021

Live Chat/Help/Reference, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Open a Chat
Phone help, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, 801-581-5534


Holiday closures & reduced hours

Monday, January 18, 2021: Closed, student ID access
Monday, February 15, 2021: Closed, student ID access
Monday, May 31, 2021: Closed, student ID access
Monday, July 5, 2021: Closed, student ID access
Friday, July 23, 2021: Closed, student ID access
Monday, September 6, 2021: Closed, student ID access
Thursday – Friday, November 25 – 26, 2021: Closed, student ID access
Friday, December 24, 2021: Closed, student ID access



U Libraries COVID-19 Guidance

We are working to ensure the University of Utah teaching and learning experience remains exceptional. As we continue to support remote teaching and learning, we are developing a phased approach to reopening and resuming access to in-person services when it is safe to do so.


Contact Us From Home

Our chat services are available Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.


Accessing Collections

Search our catalog for electronic and physical resources. If the item you are interested is available as an electronic copy, the e-version will be supplied to you in place of the physical copy. Email us with the title, author, and year of publication of the item(s) you are interested in or call 801-581-5282.


Students Who Need A Laptop

University of Utah students who need a laptop sent to them, should email Union Services Desk with their name, UNID, phone number, and mailing address. A library laptop will be mailed out within two business days.


On-campus Wireless Access – UConnect

Access on-campus wireless network via uconnect.


Checked Out Materials

If you have left the state and are not returning in the fall, please let the circulation team know and we will work out a way for you to return them.

Books and other items are now allowed to have extended due dates. Please let the circulation team know and we remotely extend due dates within reason.


Research & Instruction Support

We will continue to support requests for new electronic materials to be added to course reserve during the closure period, and we will be able to fulfill requests for document delivery electronically during this period as well. If you have questions, please contact regarding course reserve or regarding interlibrary loan and document delivery.

  • Off Campus Access – Most library resources are available to current University students, faculty and staff from home or other remote locations. Login with your uNID and get easy access to library resources — article databases, e-journals, and e-books.
  • Research Databases A to Z – We offer access to thousands of books, articles, images, charts, and primary sources for all your research and project needs.
  • Online Journals
  • Research Guides are available to assist you with research, information, and reference

Study Rooms

Due to COVID-19, all of our study rooms are reduced to an occupancy of 1 (one) only. Due to staff restrictions and remote working, all study rooms are first come, first served, and are to remain unlocked at all hours. Study rooms available for use are: 29, 30 and 006 (lower level).

Tree of Hippocrates Education Studio

The Tree of Hippocrates Education Studio is opening on a reservation-only basis August 3. THE Studio will be open for reservations Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm. Library patrons may reserve THE Studio in advance here.

THE Studio COVID-19 Guidelines

  • NO ENTRY for those with COVID-19 symptoms in the last 48 hours
  • ONE (1) person limit within the THE Studio
  • 6-FOOT distancing
  • WASH HANDS upon entry and exit to and from the space

Before and after every studio session, library and custodial staff will perform a full cleaning of THE Studio’s equipment and space.


More Resources

We will keep this page up to date. You can also follow @ehslibrary on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for updates. COVID-19 updates and information related to the University of Utah and libraries.

University of Utah Health Coronavirus: COVID-19

University of Utah COVID-19 Central


Related Links

J Marriott Library Information

Faust Law Library information

McKay Music Library information



Ask Us (library chat and email, off-campus access information, research consultations, and other questions)

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