Re-opening the JKM Library post-COVID

JKM staff is happy to announce that our long closure of 1 year, 3 months, 15 days is drawing to an end, and that we will begin reopening (with limited access) on Tuesday July 6, 2021. Below are the protocols that will guide our reopening process at least through the month of July, and which are subject to change as we all rejoin a post-COVID world. Questions about reopening? contact us at


  • Access is only by current McCormick and LSTC students, faculty and staff.
  • A maximum of 10 people (excluding library staff) may access the library simultaneously.
  • While library materials can be checked out at the circulation desk, library users are encouraged to continue requesting materials through Primo, our online catalog, for pickup in the LSTC front desk area.  Contact us at if you need the instructions on how to place requests.
  • All checked-out library materials should be returned to the drop box in the LSTC front desk area and not at the circulation desk.
  • All materials used on the premises should be left on the quarantine book cart and not returned to the shelves.
  • We ask that all library users check in and out on the provided sheet.
  • All library users are expected to leave when the closing bell rings.


  • All requests for access to the library are scheduled by the LSTC front desk.
  • The LSTC front desk can be contacted by:
    • Email: (we encourage individuals to use their, or email account when placing a reservation)
    • In person (must present LSTC or McCormick i.d. if requested)
  • Reservation for an appointment can be made the same day or up to one day in advance.
  • Each library user will be given a library visitor sticker with the date during check-in at the LSTC front desk and it should be worn while in the library.
  • If you’re unable to make your appointment, please contact the LSTC front desk, as others may wish to access the library.

Hours beginning Tuesday July 6, 2021

  • Monday: 1 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 1 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 1 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 1 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Friday: Closed


  • Current City of Chicago COVID protocols dictate that masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in specified venues, including schools.
  • Library users are responsible for their own safety, and are expected to respect the safety needs of library staff and other library users.
  • The café area is closed.
  • Wipes will be provided for the photocopier/scanner, public computers, etc.
  • LSTC cleaning crew will clean the commons area of the library at the end of day.