Library measures due to COVID-19

 

OVERVIEW UPDATES

UPDATE THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER

Since this summer Vlerick Business School took all measures to operate under Code Orange, as prescribed by the VLIR Pandemic Matrix. This allowed us to create a low-risk and welcoming environment for all. However, following recent government decisions to call out code orange for all educational institutes in Belgium, it is crucial that we stick to the protocols.

For the time being, this means that the Vlerick Library remains open, but we ask all library users to follow the instructions that were set in place during summer:

  • As soon as you enter the Vlerick campus, disinfect your hands with alcohol gel that is provided at the entrance and throughout the campus.
  • It is obliged to wear a face mask when visiting the Vlerick campus and Library.
  • Respect 1.5m distance at all times, both inside and outside the Library.
  • Stay at home if you have any of the COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Prepare your visit: try to consult the catalogue and make a book request or share your information request upfront by notifying [email protected].
  • Avoid taking books off the shelf unintendedly, only take books when you want to borrow them.
  • Disinfect a public computer before and after usage.
  • External visitors are welcome to consult the library’s collection but cannot use the available working spaces.
  • Always follow the instructions of the employees.

Services:
  • Check our book loan & return services.
  • We recommend you to consult and request your book(s) online via our online search service.
  • To return books you’ll find new and dedicated book delivery boxes at the library entrance (Ghent) or in the reception area at Brussels/Leuven campus.
  • Library working spaces: There will be a max. amount of seated visitors at a time. Only Vlerick employees and participants are allowed to use these work spaces.

 

UPDATE FRIDAY 17 JULY

It’s with great pleasure that we can announce the full re-opening of our library services as of this summer! Past few months we were mainly operating from home and delivering physical books on demand. After a two weeks’ summer break from 20-31 July we will re-start physical services on campus in two phases:

  1. As of 3 August: Open for employees on MO, TUE & THU from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  2. As of 17 August: Open for ALL library users from MO-FRI from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

When you plan to visit our library, bear in mind the following instructions:

  • As soon as you enter the Vlerick campus, disinfect your hands with alcohol gel that is provided at the entrance and throughout the campus.
  • It is obliged to wear a face mask when visiting the Vlerick campus and Library.
  • Respect 1.5m distance at all times, both inside and outside the Library.
  • Stay at home if you have any of the COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Prepare your visit: try to consult the catalogue and make a book request or share your information request upfront by notifying [email protected].
  • Avoid taking books off the shelf unintendedly, only take books when you want to borrow them.
  • Disinfect a public computer before and after usage.
  • External visitors are welcome to consult the library’s collection but cannot use the available working spaces.
  • Always follow the instructions of the employees.

Services:

  • As of 3 August book loan & return services will be more or less as in normal times. First for employees. As of 17 August for all other users.
  • We recommend you to consult and request your book(s) online via our catalogue.
  • NEW: To return books you’ll find new and dedicated book delivery boxes at the library entrance (Ghent) or in the reception area at Brussels/Leuven campus.
  • Library working spaces: There will be a max. amount of seated visitors at a time and library users (Vlerick only!) need to book their seat via a mobile application. More info here soon.

 

UPDATE THURSDAY 11 JUNE

Bloomberg

During the COVID-19 crisis Bloomberg Disaster Recovery was launched for Vlerick Business School. This means that from now on, the Bloomberg terminal is only accessible remotely!

Please only request access to Bloomberg if you absolutely need it.

If you want to make use of the Bloomberg remote options, there are some things you need to keep in mind:

  • Make a reservation for a time slot
    • Student/participant: use the 'Bloomberg reservations' room in your outlook calendar.
    • Staff/faculty: send an email to [email protected].
  • Choose between using the generic login or creating/using your own personal terminal login
  • Simultaneous access isn’t possible, so there can be only one user per time slot

Take a look at this manual to get an overview of the steps you need to follow on getting access and using the terminal.

UPDATE FRIDAY 15 MAY

For an academic business school, access to trustworthy information is indispensable and the last couple of weeks have proven this repeatedly. While flattening the curve for the sake of everyone’s health, we were creating an information peak all together by actively digging into the library’s databases and digital resources. We therefore want to explicitly THANK YOU for trusting us as a valuable source of information.

To assist you even more, we partially and gradually re-open our physical services for Vlerick staff and degree participants as of 18 May, following guidelines and measures taken by the government, the information sector and Vlerick Business School.

Re-opening during corona - different steps

SERVICES AVAILABLE AS OF 18 MAY

Consult the library catalogue & make your request

We ensure contact-free delivery via your pigeon hole (*)

  • Packages are prepared at Ghent campus on Monday and Thursday morning
  • Deliveries:
    • @ Ghent campus: Monday & Thursday
    • @ Brussels campus: Tuesday & Thursday
    • @ Leuven campus: Tuesday & Thursday
    • No deliveries on Thursday 21 May and on Monday 1 June!
  • Before picking up your package, make sure to send a notification to [email protected]. Provide the date + hour of your visit.

(*) When requested on time, you’ll find the package in your pigeon hole on the next delivery date. For EMBA participants: you’ll find a pick-up point near the reception desks in Brussels and Leuven and in front of the library in Ghent.

Bloomberg

  • We’re currently working on two options:
    • A remote option with access to Bloomberg from home (1 user at a time)
      OR in case the first option is not feasible:
    • Access to the on-site terminal with extra safety measures and a limited amount of available time slots on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
  • Both options require reservation of a specific time-slot! More info will follow soon.
  • In the meanwhile, please send an email to [email protected] in case you want to reserve a time slot to use the terminal on Tuesday 19 May!

SERVICES AVAILABLE AS OF 25 MAY

Delivery box on all campuses

  • Currently all deadlines to hand in borrowed books have been extended until 25 May!
  • For degree participants & staff: In case your due date will pass as of 25 May you will receive a kind reminder to hand in books via the delivery box in front of the library (Ghent) or in the reception area (Brussels & Leuven).
  • For all other library users: an automatic extension of your loan until 17 August will be granted.
  • Before returning your books, make sure to send a notification to [email protected]! Provide the date + hour of your visit.

SERVICES AVAILABLE AS OF 17 AUGUST

All other services for ALL library users (alumni, open programme participants, university & college students) will start as of 17 August. An update will follow in due time.

 

UPDATE THURSDAY 16 APRIL

Following the decisions taken by the National Security Council on 15 April, Vlerick Business School will continue to operate, taking into account the prolonged lockdown and social distancing measures. Concretely that means that we organise all our programmes and activities digitally until 30 June.

The school is closely monitoring future government decisions and policies, and is working behind the scenes on various scenarios for a safe re-opening of its campuses. Until then, the library remains closed.

In the meantime we've collected free resources from different content providers such as Emerald, Elsevier, EBSCO,… and temporary access to Perlego, The Spotify for Textbooks. A libguide with an overview of all free resources and access details can be found here.

Vlerick Library provides access to Perlog - The Spotify for textbooks

UPDATE TUESDAY 17 MARCH

Given the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 virus, the library is closed until further notice.

All non-physical library services such as general information requests, interlibrary loans for electronic materials, etc. remain guaranteed. The digital collection is, as always, accessible through www.vlerick.com/library.

FRIDAY 13 MARCH

Until further notice, the library is closed for the general public until April 19.

The Library is open for badge owners, between 10 am - 5 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This way we can keep insuring book loans and shipments. Our library personnel follows the general guidelines and will use extra hand sanitizer when handling books.

The library is not accessible for group work and/or studying from March 16 until April 19.

All non-physical library services such as information requests, copyright orders, book orders, ILL,… remain guaranteed. The digital collection is, as always, accessible through www.vlerick.com/library.

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