Beginning Mon. May 24, patrons can return UCR Library resources quickly and conveniently, without needing to pay for parking.
The UCR Library has installed a new drive-up book return that is clearly visible from West Campus Drive on the south end of Lot 1, near the blue emergency call box.
When the library launched its Contact-Free Curbside Delivery program in June 2020, patrons could pick up physical library materials, despite the COVID-19 pandemic-related closure of both library buildings. This central afternoon contact-free pick-up service still required most patrons to park in order to return their items outside of specified hours.
The idea of a drive-up book deposit manifested from faculty and students' requests, primarily from those located on the west side of campus, right before the pandemic. The need for this service gained importance with the advent of curbside delivery and planning for increased patrons in fall quarter 2021. Patrons frequently want contactless drop-off, convenient drop-off hours, and reduced cost through not needing to pay for parking to return items.
This drive-up book return will provide a user-friendly and simple way for all UCR faculty, students, and staff to return library materials, even after the campus reopens.