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Welcome Back! What’s New at the Drexel University Libraries in Winter 2021

January 11, 2021

The Drexel Libraries is excited to welcome students, faculty and staff to our physical (and virtual!) spaces for the winter 2021 term. Those who were on campus in the fall will notice a few new additions to our on-campus services, as well as the same great remote services and resources we have been providing since the start of the pandemic.  

For new Dragons coming to campus for the very first time, welcome! We are excited to introduce you to our modified on-campus services—as well as our remote services—to support you in your courses and research.

We continue to update our COVID-19 page with the latest updates and information about our resources, services and access to facilities. Check this page regularly for the most up-to-date information about the Libraries.

What’s New in Winter 2021

The Libraries will reopen some spaces in the W. W. Hagerty Library in University City and the Hahnemann Library in Center City on January 18, 2021. In the meantime, Libraries staff will continue to provide remote resources and services, as well as contactless pickup of physical materials.

Once the Libraries reopens its physical locations, we will resume the following on-campus services, with some modifications:

Printing & Scanning

  • Mobile printing service: The Libraries’ new mobile printing service allows clients to print from a laptop, smart phone or other mobile device directly to a printer at the W. W. Hagerty Library.
  • Scanning: Scanning services will resume as before in the W. W. Hagerty Library.

Computing & Technology

  • Reserve a computer workstation: Computer Lab L14 (located on the Lower Level of the W. W. Hagerty Library) is available for student use in winter 2021. Clients must reserve a workstation in advance using the LibCal reservation system. Group work is not permitted in the computer lab or in any Libraries spaces at this time.

Accessing Physical Materials

  • Browse the stacks: The Libraries will reopen its physical collections in the W. W. Hagerty Library to browse and check out materials starting on Jan. 18, 2021. Items will be quarantined between each use. As a reminder, digitization and delivery services are also available.

Expanded Seat Reservation System

  • Reserve a seat or study space on campus: The Libraries expanded its reservation system in collaboration with Drexel University Facilities, College of Engineering, and Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to include 300 additional seats in study rooms across the University City campus to support individual and group work.

Continuing to Offer the Same Expert Services & Resources

This winter, the Drexel Libraries will continue to provide many of the same resources and services it has offered since the start of the pandemic, including:

Reserve a seat in the Libraries’ Informal Learning Environments

  • The Libraries will continue to offer several seating options for studying and working alone or amidst others. As a reminder, you must reserve a seat in advance using the Libraries’ online reservation system.
  • Socially-distanced seats in open spaces to support learning amidst others
  • Seats in single-occupancy study rooms to support learning alone (W. W. Hagerty Library only)
  • Seats at desktop computer workstations (W. W. Hagerty Library only)

Get Access to Physical Materials

The Libraries continues to offer the following services to provide access to physical materials:

  • Contactless pickup of physical materials
  • Shipping of physical materials to confirmed addresses
  • Online delivery of digitized print materials
  • Electronic course reserves and interlibrary loan

Utilize Remote Services & Resources

The Drexel Libraries will continue to provide remote services and resources to support the Drexel community, including:

Visit the Libraries’ COVID-19 response page regularly for the latest updates or contact us directly.