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Forrer Learning Commons During COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (or coronavirus) is a respiratory illness that is categorized by a wide range of symptoms that can range in severity from mild to severe.  These symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms generally manifest between 2 and 14 days after exposure to the virus. Additionally it is possible for individuals to be exposed to the disease and not exhibit any symptoms, thus being a carrier of the disease. For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COVID-19 website.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the Forrer Learning Commons open during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    Yes, the Forrer Learning Commons is currently open to students, staff, and faculty from 8a to 4:30p. The building is swipe access only, so please make sure to bring your Bridgewater College card with you!
  2. Do I have to wear a mask when in the Forrer Learning Commons?
    Yes, masks are required when in the building. Please be sure to wear it the whole time you are here to ensure that you and everyone else is safe.
  3. Do I need to socially distance while in the library?
    Yes, please make sure that you maintain 6 feet between you and someone else to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are currently working to appropriately space the furniture to ensure that distancing is easier.
  4. Can I borrow a book from the library?
    Yes, the stacks are currently open and you can check out any material that is currently available. We ask that you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before browsing the collection. This is subject to change as lending policies operate in accord with other Virginia private libraries.  We will post information as it becomes available.
  5. Can I borrow a book through Interlibrary Loan?
    Yes, we are ordering articles, chapter scans, and now physical items (books, DVDs) from other institutions. However, not all academic libraries are open. Our Research Support Librarian will do their best to find access to your research materials. Please make your request here
  6. Can I meet with a librarian for research help?
    Yes! There are librarians on staff from 8a to 4:30p, and we would be meet with you onsite or through Zoom. Click here to make an appointment with our librarians!
  7. Can I visit the Special Collections?
    Special Collections is currently open for research visits by appointment for Bridgewater College students, faculty and staff. To schedule a visit, please contact Special Collections at (540) 828-8018 or
  8. Is the library accepting donations?
    No, the library is not accepting donations of materials at this time.
  9. What measures are be taken by the library to help stop the spread of coronavirus?
    Throughout the building are signs reminding occupants to wear masks and socially distance. Additionally, entrances to all stairwells remind occupants to use the right side of the stairs to minimalize contact in the stairwells. We are also currently in the process of evaluating the furniture to ensure safe distances between occupants. Returned materials remain in quarantine for a minimum of three days before being returned to the shelves. When checking out materials, staff will assist the patron in checking out their own items, so as to lessen the touching of materials.

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