COVID-19 Library Support

Library Hours

The librarian will be onsite in the Learning Commons/Library every Monday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. to assist you in person during your scheduled visit. As always, please feel free to contact the librarian for research help, full text articles, Athens assistance and general questions by phone, email, or virtual meeting, during her normal office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Visiting the Library

  • Students, faculty and staff may visit the library Monday through Friday by advance reservation only. Users are limited to one 4-hour booking per day to use a computer or study room
  • Please make a reservation using the Study Room Sign Up link located halfway down this page for Library Computer or Library Study Room use. The occupancy limit for study rooms is one person each.

To meet social distancing guidelines, the Learning Commons occupancy limit is 8 people at a time. Please do not enter the Learning Commons if you do not have a reservation. The College front desk staff can assist you with speaking to the librarian or finding the link to reserve a computer or study room.

  • Library users are responsible for using provided disinfectant wipes to sanitize computer stations and study room desks after each use.

Library Books

General Guidelines

Library users will not handle regular-collection books without assistance, including browsing, reading and checking out. Please ask the librarian to assist you.

Reserve collection of required textbooks and other high-use books

Users will use the hand sanitizer provided in the library before handling Reserve collection books. Handled Reserve books should be placed on the provided cart.

Book Checkouts

You are encouraged to request print books in advance by emailing the librarian at

  • The librarian will check the book out to you and it will be available for pickup through the College’s front desk for three weekdays, after which time the book will be checked in and reshelved if not picked up.
  • The checkout period is 2 weeks. You will recieve an email confirming the checkout and noting the due date.
  • Please return books to the bin located in the lobby or outside the College’s front entrance. Returned books will be quarantined for COVID-19 for a minimum of 72 hours. You will need to return any overdue books on your library record before checking out additional books.
  • The checkout limit is three books at a time. You can search the library catalog at any time, here. If prompted, the library name is BSMCON and you do not need to enter a password.


Ebooks in the library collection are available 24/7 by searching by title for Books, in the Ovid Discovery electronic database accessed via your Open Athens login. Please feel free to contact the librarian at if you need help. The following required textbooks and high-use books are available as part of the large ebook collection. Most BSMCON ebooks allow one user to access at a time:

  • Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
  • Essentials for Nursing Practice
  • Health Assessment for Nursing Practice
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing Care Plans (Green, Carol, 3rd ed.)
  • Med-Surg Success
  • Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests
  • Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
  • Pediatric Success
  • Role Development in Professional Nursing Practice
  • Servant Leadership in Nursing: Spirituality and Practice in Contemporary Healthcare
  • Spirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground

Additional free ebooks are also available through other sources. Contact your librarian to learn more.

Contact the Library

Tina Metzger, College Librarian
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Voicemail (804) 627-5340

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