The Library is committed to designing and delivering high quality services and resources in a manner that remains aligned with the evolving health and safety regulations and guidelines established by the government and the University.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we deal with the challenges and opportunities of these unprecedented times. The Library is here to support you and the needs of Georgetown's academic community throughout this crisis and beyond.

For more information see the Georgetown Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources page and the Library's COVID-19 FAQ.

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Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. The viral particles are colorized blue. Image from the CDC.

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Georgetown University Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources

The Library will use this webpage to update access to resources and services as well as library hours and onsite operations. The guidelines outlined here for services and access to collections and library buildings supersede previous practices and policies that may be found on other Georgetown University Library webpages.


Coronavirus update from the Dean of Library

Library Building Access

Library buildings remain closed until further notice. This includes access to Lauinger Library 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.

Request & Contact Free Pick Up

Faculty and students who live locally can request and pick up print materials housed in Lauinger, Blommer, Woodstock, and Bioethics Libraries via HoyaSearch. Access Services staff will meet them outside the Lauinger Library during established pickup periods, for them to retrieve their requested items. For more information, contact

Scanning & Delivery Services

Fair use scanning from general and special collections will be available upon request from faculty and all students. Special requests for items from the library's print collections to be mailed to faculty and students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For assistance, contact

Course Reserves

The Library will continue to provide course reserve services for faculty planning their courses for the Fall 2020 semester. We encourage faculty to submit reserve requests as soon as possible so that materials can be made available to students in a timely fashion. Early submission is especially important for items that need to be purchased.

We can provide a limited number of chapters from a book(s) as PDFs for faculty to post to Canvas as course documents. To request chapters from books please fill out an Electronic Reserves Form and submit to We purchase eBooks when possible so that the entire text is available digitally. We also scan journal articles into PDFs when the text is not available via Library online holdings.

The Library provides media reserves via Canvas. To request media reserves please complete a Media Reserves Form and submit to

Interlibrary Loan & 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. For any questions related to ILL, please email

WRLC (Washington Research Library Consortium) loans for physical materials are scheduled to resume in early September. If you have any questions, please contact

Returning Library Materials

All library materials that are 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 graduating and returning students, you may mail the books back to Lauinger Library. Please contact for the mailing address and any other inquiries you may have.

Online Access to Library Resources

All of our eBooks, online journals, databases, and other streaming media remain available via the Library's home page. Use the "Available Online" option in HoyaSearch to limit your search to materials available online. For journals, use the Journal Finder, and select "Available Online" to limit your search to online journals. Access the Library's complete list of databases via the A-Z Databases list. If you have any issues with access, please visit the Off Campus Access page for tips and help.

Access to Additional Online Resources

In addition to the Library's online resources, the sites below provide enhanced access to online materials:

HathiTrust provides access to the full text of print books held by the Library that are available in their collection of scanned materials. You must log in as a member of the Georgetown University community to access the full text. Note that limitations apply - details are on the Emergency Temporary Access Service page.

The Internet Archive's Open Library has the full text of selected books to support research and teaching. You must create an account in order to use this service. Books may be checked out for 14 days to one user at a time. For more information about Open Library, read their FAQ. While we are using this service to access print materials not otherwise available, we recognize that authors and several organizations have condemned this site as an infringement of their copyrights.

Project Gutenberg provides free scanned copies of older books now in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions.

Additional resources are available on the Library's Temporary Access to Electronic Resources guide.

Films and Other Materials

If you plan to use streaming media in your course, please review our Media Reserves page which includes essential information about streaming media, CDs and DVDs, as well as a request form. If you require online versions of other course materials, please contact your subject specialist with details about the required materials.

Instructional and Research Materials

We are working to ensure that faculty and students have electronic access to as many print research and course materials as possible during this period of virtual instruction. If you need materials for your instruction and research that are not available electronically, please contact your subject specialist with details about the materials you need. We will work with you in order to provide access to as many teaching and research materials as possible.

Access to Software

ArcGIS, MATLAB, Microsoft Office, MiniTab, SAS, SPSS, and other software programs installed on Library lab computers are available for download and installation on personal computers. Visit the Georgetown University Software Webstore to browse the full list of software available for free for Georgetown students, faculty, and staff.

Faculty and students using Adobe Creative Cloud programs in their teaching and learning in Fall 2020 semester should contact for more information. There are many other programs available for multimedia development that you can use from your home computer or mobile device. See our list of Recommended Software for Online Instruction 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. Librarians will provide individual consultations for faculty and students, including students working on a senior thesis or capstone project. 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 Session for their class 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.

Digital Scholarship Consultations

To schedule a Zoom consultation on digital scholarship projects or assignments, please email

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions related to library operations during COVID-19 in Answers @ Georgetown Library.