Library Resources

Tomlinson Library is currently closed until April 11, 2020, in adherence with Governor Polis' stay-at-home order for the state of Colorado. 

When the Library is closed, or if you are working/studying remotely, there are many ways the we can provide you with expert help and services.

Get Online Help 24/7

Last minute citation question? Want help with research? Ask us! You can email us, or chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the convenience of your home! This service is staffed by CMU's Librarians but at peak service times or off-hours you may be chatting with a librarian from another academic library.

Ask a Librarian! Email or chat 24/7

Librarian Consultations

Our librarians are available for remote consultations via phone, email, or online (e.g. Zoom).

Academic department librarians

Online course materials

CMU's Library has loads of digital materials available for you if you can’t make it to campus to pick up physical items.

  • Course Reserves - CMU Library staff are happy to assist you transitioning your course to online-only for the time being. We can work with you to make sure that required book, book chapter, and other readings are available for students to access electronically from wherever they are. Needs? Questions? Just email our Reserves staff at
  • CMU Library OneSearch - Use the filters on the left hand side of the screen to focus on ebooks, streaming audio or video, and other online resources.
  • Research Guides - Subject and by Course
  • Articles & Research: A-Z Databases - We have hundreds of databases that provide access to digital articles, video, and more!
  • Off-Campus Access - If you are not on campus, you can still access our databases and other electronic resource!

Returning Materials

Books and media, including Prospector and other Interlibrary Loan materials, may be returned to CMU Library or the book return. If the Library is closed when you need to return your items, they will be back-dated when we open again.

  • If an item is due and the borrower does not want to come to campus to return it (due to illness or other extenuating circumstances), the borrower should keep it until they are able to safely return it. If they are charged late fees, they can appeal the fine after it is returned. We understand that this is a special situation, and special considerations will be made. 
  • Please do not return equipment (laptops, calculators, headphones, etc.) via the book returns. If the library is closed due to unforeseen circumstances when your equipment items are due, please return them to a service desk the next time we are open and we will amend any fines.
  • Questions or concerns about accessing or returning materials? Please call (970)248-1244 or email (

Contact us

Have other remote needs? New ideas for how the Libraries can help you off-campus? Reach out to us at For full Tomlinson Library updates visit