Getting Books from Strauss Library. Try AskUs to Request and Arrange for Contactless Pickup!

Just because the Strauss Library’s service desk is closed due to COVID does not mean books are not available. We are providing contactless pickup of books for Anschutz students, faculty, and staff. You can request books and arrange for pickup easily. You will need your Anschutz campus ID in order to badge into the library and pick up items–please be aware of campus protocols for library access.  Request books over AskUs, the library’s online service point. You can chat over AskUs with library staff to identify the books in our local collection and staff will create a service ticket.

Library staff will pull the books, check them out on your library account, and prepare them for pickup for you. You will need to pick up the books during the badge-accessible hours of the library. You can identify books in the collection using our library catalog and staff can assist with searching as needed. We will verify that the titles you want are on the shelf and available. Please note that library staff are not working regularly onsite and the circulation desk is not staffed. It can take 24 to 48 hours to pull the material and prepare. We will notify you when the books are ready for pickup from behind our service desk. Please remember to bring your Anschutz campus badge.

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Limited library building accessibility

Latest Update: The library’s badge-accessible hours for CU Anschutz students are 5 AM to 10 PM daily. Students are required to have their Anschutz student ID badge to enter the library. CU Anschutz faculty/staff may enter the building for general and quick business such as picking up books and ILL materials, checking references in print materials, making copies, and so forth but are discouraged from using the library for extended work. The study rooms are intended for students. All other protocols and rules, detailed below, are in effect. See full information about returning to campus and campus guidelines @

The library building is currently closed to the public and non-affiliated and no services are being offered on-site. Library staff are working remotely and not available onsite for immediate assistance. Our service desk onsite is closed. Use our online service point called AskUs.

This is what you need to know about accessing the library and guidelines for safe use while in the facility. As a reminder, almost all library resources and services remain available 24/7 from the library webpage

  • Library hours will be 5:00 am – 10:00 pm seven days a week.
  • You must have your Anschutz campus ID to badge into the library.
  • All rooms have a maximum occupancy of one (1) person and study rooms are intended for use by Anschutz students.
  • Students must reserve a room or one of four computer seats allowed. There are 63 rooms and four computer seats.
  • Currently, open tables and open spaces in the building are not available for use although limited use of walk/bike stations in the library is allowed. These stations can be reserved online with the same system used for booking rooms.
  • If no rooms are available users will not be able to enter the library building.
  • Users must wear a mask at all times, including when in a room alone.
  • Community Advocates will be at the front doors to check for campus ID badge, answer questions, and connect users to rooms if they haven’t made a reservation and will do roams around the building to help students maintain safety protocols. 
  • Anyone coming to campus must complete the required, one-time SkillSoft training “CU COVID-19 Return to Campus – CU Denver | Anschutz”. See the campus COVID-19 page for full details.
  • To enter any building on campus, including the library, everyone must complete on a daily basis the campus health questionnaire and provide temperature either taken at home or at the thermometer station provided inside the library. 
  • To be in the library, students must have, show, and display their Anschutz campus ID badge. You must badge yourself in. Please do not trail in behind others or allow others to come in off your badge swipe.
  • Once inside the library building, everyone must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing at 6ft or more apart, use cleaning supplies provided to wipe down the work areas before & after use, and follow all posted instructions.

Requests to check out laptops and books from the collection should go through our online AskUs service. Anschutz students and faculty/staff can initiate book loan requests via AskUs and staff will prepare the items for contactless pickup by you from behind our service desk in the library. Laptops are available only to students.

If you have questions about library services or resources please e-mail the library at Thank you for doing your part to help keep each other safe!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services during closure due to COVID-19

ILL staff are here to help you get information you need.  However, due to conditions on campus, processing may be slower than usual. 

Journal articles in print volumes at Strauss Library and PASCAL (Storage) are unavailable to be scanned.  We may be able to borrow from other libraries and have options beyond that if your need is critical.  Book loans from other libraries are unavailable at this time, and hold requests for books in the Strauss collection are not able to be processed either. 

However, we are online and are still providing ILL services M-F, 8am-5pm.  We feel confident we can provide most journal articles.  Other libraries, nationally, may have the article or book chapter you need available electronically.  As well, requests for articles held in our e-journal collections will be processed.

If you don’t have an ILLiad account and are affiliated with Anschutz, feel free to register though our ILLiad website:

If you have any questions email or call 303-724-2111 to speak with Lynn Triefus, ILL Coordinator, about your need.

This was written by Lynn, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Strauss Library is Closed! Most library services available online!

Starting March 16 at 6 p.m. and until further notice, the Strauss Health Sciences Library building is closed, No library services are available in the building. CU Anschutz Badge Access is still allowed. NOTE: Access will be monitored and limited to 7am-midnight, 7 days/week.

While in the library, for your safety, please maintain:

1.      One (1) person per study room

2.      Ten (10) foot distance between others at all times

More information on the CU Anschutz campus response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though the building is closed, you can still get help and use the library’s resources online!

This was written by Lisa, you can contact AskUs with questions.