The Libraries provides many services to facilitate the teaching and research needs unique to Drexel faculty:

Course Reserves - Various types of material can be placed on reserve including: library owned materials, personal copies of books, journal articles, videos or handouts. Click here to learn more about Course Reserves at Drexel.

Workshops - The Libraries provides a variety of workshops to educate individuals on resources, services and research. All members of the campus community are invited to attend library workshops. Click here to view upcoming workshops or contact your liaison librarian to request a workshop or specific instruction in your classroom.

Library Guides - Library Guides are compiled by liaison librarians and identify particularly valuable research resources in specific subject areas. They are primarily aimed at beginning researchers and can serve as a valuable resource for students. They also serve as valuable pointers to unfamiliar resources, particularly for interdisciplinary projects.


Equipment and print and audiovisual materials are available for loan at the Libraries. In addition, faculty may take advantage of reciprocal borrowing privileges to borrow items directly from neighboring libraries. See Borrowing Privileges to learn more.

Faculty Assistants: Faculty assistants are able to borrow library materials for faculty provided

  • The faculty member writes a letter of authorization for the assistant to present to Circulation Desk staff (authorization via email to is also acceptable).
  • The student presents validated Drexel ID.

Although the assistant's name will be recorded, he (she) should never take out materials for faculty with his (her) own Drexel IDs; this is because students have different borrowing periods from faculty. Authorization letters from faculty are valid for one academic year, and must be renewed every September.

Distance Faculty

The Drexel University Libraries provides services to Drexel's online learning community equivalent to those available on the physical campuses. 

To request print material within Drexel University Libraries' collection, use the Request Item option in the Library Catalog and select Distance Education Delivery as the pick up location.  Once available, this material will be mailed to your home address. You can renew Drexel-owned books online. See more about Borrowing Policies.

To request articles and books from other libraries, place requests through ILLiad or EZBorrow.  Print materials from other libraries will also be mailed to your home address. 

Return all books at least five days before the due date to the Drexel University Libraries. If it is an Interlibrary Loan book, do NOT return it to the lending library. The cost of shipping and insurance for the return of all material is your responsibility. 

Emeritus and Retired Faculty

Retired and emeritus faculty of Drexel University, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, and MCP Hahnemann University are invited to continue their use of the Libraries.

Retired and emeritus faculty are entitled to the following privileges at all Libraries:

  • Borrowing circulating books (up to 10 books at one time for a 28 day loan)
  • In-house access to MOST databases and other electronic resources (some specifically restrict access by current University ID
  • Access to computers in the Libraries, although current faculty, students and staff take precedence.
  • Access to all Drexel University Libraries during evening and weekend hours. However, retirees and emeritus faculty who wish to use the Health Sciences Libraries at these times may need to make arrangements through the specific Library's Coordinator, due to building security regulations.

Additionally, emeritus faculty are also entitled to:

  • Off-campus access to online databases and other electronic resources
  • Interlibrary Loan Services
  • Document Delivery Services

For more information on retired vs. emeritus status, please see "Emeritus Faculty Policy" from the Office of the Provost.