Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Study Space Opening in Meriam Library

As the University continues to monitor local COVID-19 conditions, we are pleased to announce the opening of study space in Meriam Library starting Monday, November 16.


Announced: November 12, 2020

To: Students
From: Emergency Operations Center

Over the last month, the number of COVID-19 cases in Butte County has declined and the county moved into the less restrictive “moderate” or orange tier of the state’s reopening criteria. As the University continues to monitor this dynamic situation, we are pleased to announce the opening of study space in Meriam Library starting Monday, November 16.

The Grove (MLIB 130), located on the first floor of the library, has been reconfigured to meet physical-distancing guidelines and will operate as a standalone study space with students’ health and safety in mind. 

Hours of Operation & Reservations

  • Monday–Friday from noon–-8 p.m.
  • Saturday from noon–5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday from noon–5:30 p.m.

Both The Grove and library will be closed from November 21-29 in observance of Thanksgiving break. 

Students can reserve a space using the library’s reservation system—but walk-ins will be accommodated if space is available. Students are limited to making two, 90-minute reservations per week to accommodate as many students as possible. Reservations are 90 minutes in length—with The Grove closing between reservations for 30 minutes for cleaning and sanitization. 

Computers & Printing

Up to four computers will be available to students, reservable for 90-minute timeslots. Staff will clean computer desks, including keyboard and mice, in between reservations. Students in need of printing services can send their files to the Rapid Graphics Copy Center, which will print materials within 24 hours. Prints are available for pick-up at the library exit doors Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.–noon; and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 

Student Commitments

The University requires students who use The Grove to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Before coming to the library, students must assess their health and confirm that they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Contact Chico State’s COVID-19 Hotline at 530-898-2222 or COVIDhotline@csuchico.eduwith questions.
  • Wear face coverings (protecting both nose and mouth) at all times while in the library
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance at all times
  • Follow all check-in procedures, including using floor decals to stay six feet apart while in line, and using separate entry and exit points
  • Bring your Wildcat Student ID to check in

Campus Is Open

While in-person campus services remain very limited due to health and safety concerns, Chico State’s campus and grounds are still open. We welcome students to spend time enjoying the fall colors and to utilize the following outdoor study spaces we’ve set up with strong Wi-Fi:

  • Table seating with umbrellas: Existing covered tables are in place outside Selvester’s Café-by-the-Creek, in front of the Bell Memorial Union, and between the Meriam Library and the Student Services Center.
  • Outdoor tent in Warrens Center courtyard: A large open-air tent is available to students with tables, chairs, and power strips for charging devices. Users should access the courtyard from the gate facing Big Chico Creek, between Butte and Holt Halls. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. with two 30-minute closures for cleaning and sanitizing.
  • As always, we ask that you wear a face covering if maintaining six feet of physical distance from others isn’t possible.

As COVID-19 restrictions in Butte County ease, the University hopes to make more indoor study spaces available to students. As always, we’ll continue tracking the county’s COVID-19 path and reach out to the campus community with updates.