Samford University Library is open only for enrolled students, faculty and staff. Visitors and community users are not permitted in the library through the end of the spring semester, May 11, 2021.
Each facility will observe university standards for traffic flow, circulation, signage, maximum capacity and social distancing. Maximum occupancy requirements will be implemented based on a minimum 6-foot separation between persons. Access and occupancy levels will be managed by card swipe when possible and furniture will be configured to accommodate 6-foot social distancing requirements.
To promote equitable access for all students and employees, libraries may implement a reservation system. Books may be reserved or checked out by phone or at the websites for the respective libraries. Special collections, microfiche and other areas requiring personal service by library employees will operate by appointment only.
Contactless transactions will be available for many services such as photocopy equipment and check-outs. Sanitization of high touch surfaces will occur at least twice daily and employees and students will be equipped with disinfectant wipes to sanitize after use of spaces. Returned books will be allowed to “cure” in accordance with National Library standards before being returned to stacks.
Athletics and Events
The Southern Conference announced that all fall league competition was postponed until the spring of 2021 due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
The Bulldogs have resumed public athletic events with limited seating and in compliance with pandemic protocols. Schedules for all athletic games are available at samfordsports.com.
In order to mitigate COVID-19 related risks, only university-sponsored events and Samford athletic events are allowed on campus at this time.
All university events must be limited to group sizes compliant with the COVID-19 adjusted capacity of the venue, and face coverings and social distancing are required. All in-person gatherings will be limited in accordance with applicable local, state and federal requirements and should not exceed the established social distancing maximum occupancy, with individuals maintaining 6 feet of separation.
Until further notice, unless attending a) a Samford-sponsored event; or, b) a pre-scheduled appointment with a Samford employee for the purpose of conducting University business, visitors are not allowed on campus. Exceptions include family members assisting with move-in or move-out of a residential hall (subject to guidance from Residence Life), prospective students registered for campus tours or recruitment events, and approved vendors.
The best way to experience the Samford spirit is to meet our people and walk our campus; however, we know that COVID-19 has impacted us all differently. Browse our visit options at samford.edu/visit for your opportunities to meet Samford, both virtually and in person, and when you feel comfortable, we'll see you on campus soon.
For current undergraduate applicants and admitted undergraduate students, we have a special opportunity to experience Samford. Beginning February 5, Choose Samford is your opportunity to spend time on campus, meet your future classmates and get an in-depth look at academics at Samford. Take a look at our tentative schedule to start planning today.
There will be no visitors in residence halls. Individuals who do not live in that residence hall will not be granted entry to the building. In order to maximize social distancing, visitation in private rooms also is prohibited. The university will evaluate this guideline on a regular basis to see if changes can be made. Any changes will be dependent upon COVID-19 cases and exposures on-campus as well as COVID-19 prevalence in the local community.
The plan to Bring Back the Bulldogs is continually evolving, and some of our planning may change as new information becomes available. We recommend that you return to this website often, in the event that pertinent updates have been communicated.