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Updates on Drexel Libraries Resources & Services

The Drexel University Libraries continues to provide remote services and resources to support the Drexel community during the current public health crisis. This page contains relevant information related to the Libraries' current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including access to remote services and other useful links.

(Last update: June 8, 2020)

Summer 2020 Remote Service Hours

All Drexel Libraries’ physical locations remain closed at this time. Libraries staff continue to work remotely throughout the summer to support the Drexel community. View our virtual summer hours.

Campus Communications, Resources & Information 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Drexel University task forces, administrative offices, colleges and schools, and other campus groups have been distributing important information and resources to support the Drexel community through this challenging time. The Libraries is compiling these resources into one easy-to-navigate resource guide, now available online. Libraries staff will continue to update this page as new information and resources become available.

Building Access

All of our physical library locations are currently closed following Governor Wolf’s order that all “non-life-sustaining” businesses must close physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Libraries staff continue to work remotely to support the Drexel community. Information about our virtual support for teaching, learning and research is included below. 

Borrowing and Returns (updated May 28, 2020)

All physical borrowing services are suspended, including EZ-Borrow.

We have extended all loan periods for physical materials to October 10, 2020. Physical materials will not incur fines before that date. If you need to extend a loan period beyond this date, contact

Library materials may be returned via the book drop to the left of the main entrance of the W. W. Hagerty Library on the University City campus. The Libraries is also in the process of facilitating mail-in returns for checked out items. Clients will receive an email with more information about the process in early June.

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.

NEW: Temporary Access to Electronic Resources
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many publishers and vendors are making some or all of their content freely available online for a limited time. To assist University faculty and staff in navigating these resources, Drexel Librarians created a resource guide that lists some of these offers, as vetted by our subject experts using criteria of quality, relevance to the curriculum, and concerns for personal privacy.

This guide includes material that is not normally available through Drexel University licenses and subscriptions. Please note that we cannot guarantee availability of these resources in the future. Access to some of these resources might not align with the timing of your reading assignments, or the full length of Drexel’s term, and we encourage you to review the access periods listed with each resource before assigning materials for courses.

We will continue to update this list as we discover new offers from vendors and publishers that fit our criteria. Please contact our subject librarians for guidance on assessing individual vendor offers.

Access the Libraries' Authoritative Online Information Resources:

Remote Service Updates

Libraries staff continue to provide remote services to help the Drexel community. Below please find a list of some of the key remote services we offer. We will update this list as we launch more online services to support research, teaching and learning at Drexel. If you need information about a service that is not listed below, visit or contact us at

NEW! Curricular Support Services

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Electronic Course Reserves

  • Access to physical course reserve materials is suspended until further notice.
  • Our subject specialists will work with faculty to find online alternatives to replace physical resources.

Interlibrary Loan Services

  • All E-ZBorrow services are suspended until further notice. All E-ZBorrow loan periods are extended until the Libraries reopens.
  • You may continue to place interlibrary loan (ILL) requests via ILLiad. Libraries staff will attempt to provide electronic versions of all content requested via ILL.

University Archives

  • The Drexel University Archives is closed until further notice. 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 Records Management policy. Send all questions and requests to


  • All in-person events have been postponed until further notice. Information about rescheduled events and new online events and webinars will be announced over the coming weeks.

Support for Drexel Researchers

Libraries staff will continue to 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