CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The library is closed effective Tuesday, March 24th.
Continuing services will include: access to online materials; reference, class or research consultations; and assistance with securing expanded online access to curriculum-based and/or research materials. For more information see the Georgetown Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources page.

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Georgetown University Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources

The Library will use this webpage to update library hours, operations, and access to remote resources and services.


Coronavirus update from the Dean of Library

Library Access

Effective March 24th, the Georgetown University Library will no longer offer physical access. This includes access to Lauinger, Dahlgren Memorial and the Bioethics, Blommer, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Woodstock and the School of Continuing Studies branch libraries. These locations will continue to offer a full set of online services and access to online collections.

Returning Library Materials

All library materials currently checked-out will be automatically renewed, with an unlimited number of automatic renewals to be applied until further notice.

If you are in the area and wish to return your checked out items, please stop by Lauinger Library and return them through the book drop located to the left of the front doors. For returning students, you may keep the items and return them when you get back to campus. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Interlibrary Loan and Consortium Loan Service

The Interlibrary Loan service is continuing to request electronic materials for library users to support the research of Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff. Requests for book chapters, articles, and e-books can be submitted through ILLiad.

As of Friday, March 20, the Washington Research Library Consortium has ceased delivering physical materials through the Consortium Loan Service.

Remote Access to Library Resources

All of our eBooks, online journals, databases, and other streaming media remain available. If you have any issues with access, please visit the Off Campus Access page for tips and help.

Instructional and Research Materials in Print

We are working to ensure that faculty and students have electronic access to as many print research and course materials as possible during the period of instructional continuity. For more information, visit the Instructional and Research Materials - COVID-19 Pandemic page.

The Library will provide access to its print collections through a book pickup service for faculty and graduate students only. Faculty and graduate students can request print materials housed in Lauinger, Blommer, Woodstock  and Bioethics Libraries by sending the author/title and year of publication of each book requested to Access Services staff will contact each person and provide instructions on how to pick up the requested items during the established pickup period.

Due to health and safety considerations, the book pickup service will be limited to faculty and graduate students at this time. We hope to be able to expand this and other onsite services as plans unfold for fall classes and as the COVID-19 crisis begins to subside in the DC region. Updates to library services will be posted on this site.

Access to Additional Electronic Resources

Many publishers and providers are offering temporary or enhanced access to online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about these offers, visit our Temporary Access to Electronic Resources During Instructional Continuity guide. This guide is being continuously updated as we become aware of new offers.

Access to Multimedia Software from Home

Adobe and Apple are offering temporary access to their software during the COVID-19 crisis and there are many other programs available for multimedia development you can use from your home computer or mobile device. See our list of Recommended Software for Instructional Continuity and don’t hesitate to contact with questions or if you need help.

Research Assistance

Chat Reference Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Email Reference:

You can email the Research Services Librarians at and will receive a response within one business day.

Research Consultations:

These will be online via Zoom. Use the Request a Research Consultation form to schedule an appointment.

Library Instruction:

Faculty and Graduate Instructors who would like to schedule a Research Instruction should use the Request an Instruction Session form.  These sessions will be online via Zoom.

A list of the subject librarians with their areas of specialization is available on the library website.

Multimedia Instruction:

Schedule a one-on-one Zoom consultation with a Multimedia Specialist for help with video, audio, or graphic design projects.

Faculty and Graduate Instructors who would like to incorporate a multimedia project into their course can Request a Multimedia Instruction Session for their class to be held online via Zoom.

School of Continuing Studies:

Faculty and students from the School of Continuing Studies should visit the SCS Library home page for assistance.

Library Events & Room Reservations

All in-person Library events are canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual environment. Please visit the library events page for the most up to date information regarding individual events.

The Murray Room is closed to university use. All public/group events previously scheduled for library spaces can no longer be held in Lauinger.