RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – UTRGV is taking measures to ensure social distancing is being practiced at the university to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
UTRGV is practicing social distancing by holding all classes online, placing resources online, expanding wi-fi to university parking lots, and issuing social distance orders for departments still open on-campus.
In addition, the UTRGV Library has adjusted to create a safe environment for anyone coming into the building.
They have eliminated seating by placing caution tape around the areas and closed off study rooms.
There are still computers available in the library but have made sure every other computer was removed to create safe distance between workstations.
Paul Sharpe, dean of libraries, said they have put the recommendations into practice to help make sure everyone is safe.
“The staff is nervous and concerned, but we’re doing all we can in terms of cleaning, and our own social distancing,” Sharpe said. “We’re working alternating schedules to give staff some level of comfort.”
Books are still available to be checked out, and once they’re returned, Sharpe said, they are properly sanitized. They also take care of any equipment that is borrowed and returned.
Even though resources continue to be available to students, Sharpe said foot traffic has been very limited and he already has spoken with his staff about being ready to make any changes, if needed.
The library in Edinburg is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and in Brownsville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you have questions, call (956) 665-2005 (Edinburg) and (956) 882-8221 (Brownsville).