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, October 22, 2021 and is subject to change at any time.

  • Questions may be sent via email to Library staff will respond to queries when Library services are available. Library CHAT is available Monday-Friday 11-5.

Building Access:

The library building is open. Masks are required in all areas of the library. Study rooms and public computers are now available. For many students, this semester may be your first chance to explore the library in person. Please review the guidelines below on how to make the most of the space.

  • Silent study spaces: The stacks, the Kean Room, 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 where you walk in.)
  • Group study spaces: You can reserve one of our 4 group study rooms. You can choose a space ahead of time by clicking here and selecting the “Library Group Study Rooms” calendar. You can also visit the circulation desk for more information. Please note that masks are still required in our group study rooms.
  • Private study space: We have a limited number of day carrels (small cubicle-like rooms) that you can check out for the day. Visit the circulation desk to check one out.
  • Videos: If you’d like to view a film in our collection, stop by the circulation desk. We can find the video 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: Please limit any food consumption to the lobby area before the security gates. Only covered drinks are permitted beyond this. This helps us minimize damage to the library’s collections and keep the area pleasant and pest-free for everyone.
  • As a reminder, face masks are required in all areas of the library. The library is a public building and wearing your face covering helps us all stay healthy.

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.
  • See 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 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: 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 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 use this form to submit your request. A librarian will be in touch soon to offer assistance.

Circulation and Reserves:

  • To check out a book from the library collection, you may retrieve it from the stacks and bring it to the circulation desk. If you would like to arrange for contactless pickup of Drew books, you may place a request using the Drew Loan pickup request form.
  • To view your loans or renew items, login to “my library account”. If you have any questions, please email
  • 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. Please limit requests to 1 chapter. We will fill a maximum of 3 requests per book.
  • 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, for archival research or Candace Reilly of Drew University,, about any needed documentation or protocols upon arrival.


  • There is one printer available in the library lobby that students can use to print. You may print from the computer station next to the printer, or from your personal computer.
  • Instructions for adding this printer to your computer are available here: Printing in the Library
  • Printing does not work from phones or flash drives.
  • Contact the helpdesk (973-408-4357) regarding any printing issues.

Instructional Technology and Media Resource Center: See 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.