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Drexel Libraries: COVID-19 Updates & Information

The Drexel University Libraries continues to offer essential services and resources for Drexel faculty, staff, and students. Given the unpredictability of the current situation, we appreciate your flexibility as we respond to the needs of the Drexel community, while minimizing risk to our clients and Libraries staff. Please check this page regularly for new information and updates about our facilities, resources and services.

(Last update: November 20, 2020)

Update on Drexel Libraries Closures

The Drexel University Libraries’ physical campus locations will be closed effective Friday, November 20, 2020.

While our buildings will remain closed through the end of the calendar year, Libraries staff will continue to offer remote resources and services, as well as limited access to print materials. Information about current services to support teaching, learning and research at Drexel is included below. 

Please check this page regularly for new information and updates about our facilities, resources and services.

Access On-campus Learning Environments

The Drexel University Libraries’ physical campus locations are currently closed, effective Friday, November 20, 2020.

Access to the W. W. Hagerty Library is limited to the main entrance of the building for members of the Drexel community who have a notification that a physical loan is ready for contactless pick-up. Visit our Borrowing Procedures Guide for information about our contactless pick-up service.

All clients must abide by the University’s Dragon Pledge health and safety protocols when interacting with Libraries staff, including wearing a face mask at all times.

Access Physical Materials

The Libraries offers the following services to provide access to physical materials. Visit our Borrowing Procedures Guide for more information about requesting access to physical materials.

  • Contactless pick-up: Drexel students, faculty and staff may request to pick up physical materials from the W. W. Hagerty Library. You will receive an email confirming your loan items are ready, including a link to instructions for scheduling a pick-up time. Hours for contactless pick-up service are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Shipping physical materials: Libraries staff will ship physical materials on loan to a confirmed address upon request via the Libraries’ website. Physical materials will arrive within seven business days. All shipped materials will include pre-paid return shipping labels. Clients may also return physical materials via the book drop bins located at each location.
  • Online delivery of digitized print materials: Staff will digitize articles and book chapters upon request and within three business days via email.
  • Electronic Course Reserves: Electronic course reserves are available for fall 2020 and winter 2021. Libraries staff will work with teaching faculty and staff to identify electronic alternatives to replace physical items on reserve. Please email to discuss your options.

We are following evidenced-based recommendations to quarantine all physical materials after each use to ensure the health and safety of all clients and Libraries staff. Clients may request items currently listed as “In quarantine,” and items will be delivered as soon as the quarantine period ends.

We encourage continued use of our online resources when possible. Please contact with questions or concerns.

Returning Physical Materials to the Libraries

We have extended all loan periods for current Drexel students, faculty and staff to March 29, 2021. Physical materials will not incur fines before that date. If you need to extend a loan period beyond this date, contact

For questions about returning materials via mail or if the link to your shipping label has expired, contact

Visit our Borrowing Guide for more details about returning physical items to the Libraries.

Remote Services & Resources

The Drexel Libraries will continue to provide remote services and resources to support the Drexel community.

24/7 Access to Online Resources

Discover and access the Drexel Libraries’ robust authoritative online information resources—including journal articles, ebooks, databases, and streaming videos—from anywhere, any time. For more information or assistance, contact us via email, live chat or phone.

Access the Libraries' authoritative online information resources:

Ask a Librarian

Interlibrary Loan Services

Remote Teaching Support Services

University Archives

  • University Archives staff are currently working on campus for a limited number of hours per week and will fulfill researcher requests for digitized materials whenever possible. Researchers whose inquiries are time-sensitive and cannot be completed with digitized material should contact to discuss their options. Please note that access to the reading room is currently restricted to currently enrolled students and employed Drexel faculty and staff with a current Drexel ID and at the discretion of the University Archives staff.
  • Archives staff are available to answer questions and provide remote research consultations, consultations about donating or transferring records to the Archives, rights and reproductions support, and advice about implementing the University’s Records Management policy.

Support for Drexel Researchers

Libraries staff provide remote assistance to support Drexel researchers through each stage of the research life-cycle.

  • Find funding opportunities & partnerships: The Libraries provides access to Pivot and other databases that link researchers to information funding opportunities, funders, and awarded grants.
  • Research Data Management Support: For assistance using the DMPTool or to request a review of a Data Management Plan to ensure it aligns with the requirements set by funding agencies, email
  • Writing & Publishing: There are many ways to share research with the world, and Drexel librarians are available to advise on Open Access, author rights and copyright, citation management and more.
  • Research Guides & Tutorials: Our Library Guides offer great starting places for beginning your research. Created by subject librarians, these guides and tutorials provide detailed information about resources important to different areas of research.
  • Research Consultations: Our subject librarians have extensive breadth and depth of knowledge in their fields of study and are available for one-on-one remote meetings to discuss research.

Additional Links & COVID-19 Resources