Library Services and Resources

Library Services and Resources

Drew University continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Please refer to the campus resource site for the latest campus information.

This page will provide updates on the status of library services within the university’s COVID-19 response. This information is current as of Friday, September 3, 2021 and is subject to change at any time.

  • Questions may be sent via email to reference@drew.edu. Library staff will respond to queries when Library services are available. Library CHAT is on hiatus for the summer and will return on or around Monday, August 30th, for the fall semester.
  • For your personal use/research, if you need:
    • A book or journal article that Drew may have electronically, check ScholarSearch.
    • Book chapter(s), or articles from  journals that Drew only has in print format, use Request for Material Scan. Please limit requests to 1 chapter. We will fill a maximum of 3 requests per book.
    • To check out a book from the library collection, you may retrieve it from the stacks and bring it to the circulation desk. We also will continue to offer our contactless pickup option through the summer. You may place a request using the Drew Loan pickup request form.”
    • A book, journal article, or essay in a book that Drew does not own use Interlibrary Loan.
    • To request that we add a book to Drew’s collection, use the Library Resources Request Form. We will consider all requests but cannot guarantee that the book will be purchased.
    • If you need help with these resources, your library colleagues are here to help — start with the Ask a Librarian page.

Building Access: The library building is open. Masks are required while in the library regardless of vaccination status. Study rooms and public computers are now available. If you have questions about any specific services, you can ask at the circulation desk or email library@drew.edu. The Methodist Archives are open to the Drew community and by appointment to researchers living in the US.

Access to Information Resources:

  • See drew.edu/library for remote access to electronic resources, including journal articles and e-books. 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.
  • COVID-19 Resources (LibGuide): This guide contains links to Openly available scientific information related to COVID-19. Contact kjuliano@drew.edu or your subject librarian for further information
  • 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: Start with the Ask a Librarian page for Zoom appointments and open office hour schedules. If the chat service is offline, forward your question via email, and we will reply as soon as we are able. Note that Library Chat is also available from Moodle. Contact Reference and Research Services: reference@drew.edu or (973) 408-3588

Library Reference Materials: Reference materials may be used at study tables.
  1. The reference collection is open for browsing but does not circulate. If you would like a section of a reference work scanned, please use the Request for Material Scan form.
  2. Can’t come to the Library but still need Reference materials? Please email reference@drew.edu 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 reference@drew.edu or use this form to submit your request. A librarian will be in touch soon to offer assistance.

Circulation and Reserves:

  • Any outstanding library materials you have can be returned to the tan book drop by the library’s entrance. To renew any outstanding library materials, login to “my library account” and select the items you wish to renew. If you have any questions or are unable to renew an item, please email library@drew.edu.
  • If you would like to request a scan of a chapter or article from a Drew-owned item, use the Request for Material Scan form. Refer to the bullet points above for more detailed information.
  • If you are requesting a digitized version of a work, please use the Library Resource Request Form. Refer to the bullet points above for more detailed information. 
  • To request streaming videos, use the Media Resource request form, and see new policies here.
  • Physical reserves are available for this fall. Reserve books check out for 2 hours and reserve films check out for 4 hours. All reserve materials are for library use only. Instructors interested in placing materials on reserve can use the Reserve Placement Request.

Inter-Library Loan: If you would like to request loans or scans of material that Drew does not own, you may place an interlibrary loan request. Scan requests typically take 1 to 2 business days and loan requests usually take 1 to 2 weeks. If you need a specific format (for example, an eBook rather than a physical loan) please be sure to include that in the request notes.

Special Collections and Archives:Drew University Special Collections and the GCAH continue to monitor developments related to the pandemic. At this time we are open to all members of the Drew community and by appointment-only to researchers living within the United States of America. This plan is contingent on the infection rate in New Jersey and the United States. Prior to planning a research trip, please be in conversation with Frances Lyons of the GCAH, fylons@gcah.org for archival research or Candace Reilly of Drew University, creilly1@drew.edu, about any needed documentation or protocols upon arrival.

Printing:

  • There is one printer available in the library lobby that students can use to print from their personal computer. Instructions for adding this printer are available here: Printing in the Library
  • You will need to be connected to the drew1x network (Net ID username and password to connect) and instructions must be followed carefully.
  • Try to set up the connection prior to coming to the library, and be sure not to wait until the last minute to print.
  • Printing does not work from phones or flash drives.
  • Call the helpdesk (973-408-4357) to assist with any troubleshooting in connecting to the printer.

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

Computer Helpdesk: University Technology Helpdesk staff and students are accepting appointments for equipment pickup/dropoff. Service updates, hours, and contact information are available on the UT website

Center for Academic Excellence (CAE): CAE appointments are converted to online. See WCOnline landing page for updates to CAE resources.