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Overview of Services

Adjunct Faculty

Faculty Assistants

Distance Faculty

Emeritus and Retired Faculty

Remote Libraries Resources & Services for Teaching Faculty & Staff (updated June 21, 2021)

The Drexel University Libraries continues to provide remote services and resources to support Drexel teaching faculty and staff during the current public health crisis. Below please find a list of some of the key remote services the Libraries offers. Visit the Libraries’ COVID-19 webpage for an updated list of online services and resources throughout the term.

  • Temporary Access to Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak: 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.
  • Drexel Libraries Resources for Remote Teaching: In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Drexel University is moving all courses online for the spring 2020 term. The Drexel Libraries compiled a Library Guide with resources and services to help students and teaching faculty and staff transition to remote instruction.
  • Syllabi Citation Access Analysis:
    • Upon request from faculty, Libraries staff will analyze syllabi to confirm access options for assigned course materials.
    • Libraries staff will provide an analysis of syllabi within two business days of submission. the analysis will specify whether cited resources are available online (links included) or in print. Staff will also identify any materials that are currently unavailable. The analysis will also identify materials that can be placed in the course reserves online and print collections to further support faculty course plans.
    • Subject specialists are also available to help faculty identify alternative formats for print resources.
    • Please submit syllabi in Word Document format with complete citations to
  • Course Reserves: Print and electronic course reserves are currently available.
  • Borrowing & Returns: The stacks in the W. W. Hagerty Library are open for browsing. Clients may browse the Libraries’ physical collections and check out print materials as usual.The stacks in the Hahnemann Library will reopen on July 6, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Interlibrary Loan & Online Delivery of Drexel Libraries Content: You may continue to place interlibrary loan (ILL) requests via ILLiad. As a reminder, ILL services may be disrupted by suspension of services from other resource-sharing libraries. The Libraries will also deliver digital copies of journal articles and book chapters in our collections. Requests should be placed via ILLiad.
    Connect to ILLiad

Classrooms & Conference Rooms

Classrooms and conference rooms are available to Drexel faculty and staff for learning activities including: instruction, collaborative meetings/discussions, independent study, brainstorming, or interdisciplinary activities. These spaces are not intended to replace offices or departmental conference rooms and include learning labs, computer classrooms and conference rooms.

Research Connections Conference Room

Research Connections is a designated conference room within W. W. Hagerty Library, offering a quiet space for Drexel faculty to retreat for individual work in proximity to others or for scheduled collaborative sessions.  The space includes flexible and comfortable seating, a white board, projector, and speaker phone.

Uses include: faculty collaboration, interdisciplinary review of student work, pop-up conversations, meetings with liaison librarians, and work space for individual faculty. It is not intended as substitute office or classroom space.

The Research Connections space is located on the second floor of W. W. Hagerty Library and encourages faculty to connect over shared research interests and ideas. The space is available between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Seating for 12; occupancy is 22.

Reserve Research Connections

Classrooms & Other Learning Spaces

The Libraries has a variety of spaces available to Drexel faculty and staff, including Learning Spaces and Classrooms and Conference Rooms. See the Libraries' Libraries' Facilities Use Policy for more information.

Spaces vary in capacity and features. See reservation link for details. Reservations are not final until they have been confirmed by the Libraries.

Reserve a classroom or conference room


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.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty enjoy faculty library privileges for the duration of their adjunct faculty appointments. Adjunct faculty members who unexpectedly encounter issues with access to library resources (for example access to online journal articles) should first contact their department to review their official status with the University and confirm the currency of their appointment. 

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 a valid Drexel ID.

Although the assistant's name will be recorded, they should not take out materials for faculty with their own Drexel IDs 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 DragonSearch record 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 E-ZBorrow.  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 databases and other electronic resources
  • 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 databases and other electronic resources
  • Interlibrary Loan Services
  • Document Delivery Services
  • Reciprocal borrowing at participating institutions (visit Borrowing Privileges page for more information)

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