Library Services and Resources

Library Services and Resources


Building Access:

Please review the guidelines below on how to make the most of the space.

  • Silent study spaces: The interior stacks, Kean Room, Level A and all of Level E (the upstairs level) are designated for silent study. If you want a spot for quiet conversation, please stay in the lobby and atrium areas of Level C (the main level with the Circulation Desk).
  • Group study spaces: Our library offers four group study rooms available by reservation. Choose a space in advance by selecting the Library Group Study Rooms calendar option or visit the circulation desk to reserve a space in-person.
  • Private study space:
  • We currently offer five Day Carrels (small, cubicle-like rooms) that you can check out for the day. Visit the circulation desk to check one out.
  • Media Collection: If you’d like to view a film in our physical media collection stop by the circulation desk. We can find the desired item and help you choose the best option for viewing. If you want to view something on your own laptop, we have headphones and external disk drives. We also have TVs in the library that can play a variety of film formats.
  • Food Policy: Food and beverages are welcome in most areas of the library, with the expectation that proper disposal of garbage will be the responsibility of those doing the eating and drinking. Our goal is to make the library a welcoming and comfortable place for students to meet, hang out and study. Please review our food policy  for more details.

If you have questions about any specific services, you can ask at the circulation desk or email

Access to Information Resources:

  • To begin a search for books or journal articles that Drew may have, check ScholarSearch. For remote access to electronic resources, including journal articles and e-books, visit our Research Resources page. For instructions, refer to the Remote User Services page. Instructors are encouraged to replace physical resources with digital resources where possible, using materials that are available in the library’s full-text databases or that are freely available online. Library resources can be linked directly from Moodle. Use the Library Resource Request Form or the Media Resource Request Form to submit requests for course-related materials.
  • Drew University has access to a variety of primary source databases that can be accessed online. These are accessible through the Primary Sources Guide (PDF), Online Primary Resources (LibGuide) or through the alphabetical list of resources available on the Drew Library website. Licensed resources require a Drew University log-in.

Research Help and Consultation: To contact our librarians, please use Library CHAT on the Library website or in Moodle.  If Library CHAT is unavailable, please choose another option on the Ask a Librarian page or visit Library FAQ . For general Reference and Research Services information contact us at or (973) 408-3588.

Library Reference Materials: Reference materials may only be used within the library.

  1. Reference collection items are available for browsing but do not circulate. Please use the library scanner located on Level C if you would like to copy a section of a reference work.  If needed, please ask for help at the Circulation Desk or at Research Help Desk when staffed.
  2. Can’t come to the library but still need reference materials? Please email and we will explore other possible alternatives.

Library Instruction: For consultation on integrating digital sources into courses, to schedule a Library Instruction session or to plan library assignments designed for on-site and remote learners, please either write to or submit a request. A librarian will be in touch soon thereafter to offer assistance.

Circulation and Reserves:

  • All patrons are welcome to browse our stacks and select the items they wish to check out. To check out a book from the library’s circulating collection, you may retrieve it from the stacks and bring it to the circulation desk, or place it on hold and it will be ready to pick up at Circulation.  If you need assistance locating or retrieving items, please visit the circulation desk or reach out by email to
  • To view your loans or renew items, login to my library account. If you have any questions, please email
  • To request streaming videos, use the Media Resource request formand see our current policies here.
  • Reserve books may be checked out for two hours and reserve films for up to four hours, for use within the library only. Instructors interested in placing materials on reserve can use the Reserve Placement Request.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): If you would like to request loans or scans of material that Drew does not own, you may place an ILL request. Scan/copy requests typically take 1-to-2 business days, while loan requests may take from 1-to-2 weeks. If you need a specific format (for example, an eBook rather than a physical book loan) please be sure to include that in the request notes prior to submitting your ILL request. Also, please keep in mind that eBook loans are typically more difficult to obtain than hard-copy books.

Special Collections and Archives: We welcome visitors to our Special Collections and Archives. Please review the Reading Room Policies; certain collections are limited access and we may ask that you make an appointment prior to your visit. 


  • Color and B/W printers are available for Drew Community Members. You may print from the computer stations next to the printers or from your personal computer.
  • Instructions for adding this printer to your computer are available here: Printing with ePRINTit
  • Printing does not work from phones or flash drives.
  • Contact the University Technology (UT) Helpdesk on Level C for help with printers

Computer Helpdesk: University Technology Helpdesk staff and students provide walk up services for computer problems and accept appointments for equipment pickup/drop-off. Service updates, hours and contact information are available on the UT website.

Instructional Technology and Media Resource Center: See for service updates, hours and contact information.

Center for Academic Excellence (CAE): The CAE is offering both online and in person appointments. Please go to the WCOnline landing page for updates to CAE resources.

Still have questions? For answers to most other questions, please visit the Library FAQs webpage or email us at Library staff will respond to queries when library services are available.