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 and the Library's COVID-19 FAQ.
Instructional and Research Materials - COVID-19 Pandemic
The Georgetown University Library is working to ensure that faculty and students have access to materials to support research, instruction, and learning during the period of online instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to make as many research and course materials as possible available to the Georgetown University community during this unprecedented health crisis. This page will be updated as additional access options become available.
Electronic Materials in the Library's Collections
- All of our ebooks, online journals, databases, and other streaming media remain available and can be accessed through the Library's homepage.
- Use the "Available Online" option in HoyaSearch to limit your search to materials available online
- Use the Journal Finder to search for journals; to limit your search to online journals, select "Available Online" when you get your results list
- Use the A-Z Databases list to access all major Library databases
- If you have any issues with access, please visit the Off Campus Access page for tips and help.
Book Pickup Service for Faculty and Graduate Students
- Beginning the week of May 25, 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 Library, Blommer Science Library, Woodstock Theological Library, and the Bioethics Research Library by sending the author/title and year of publication of each book requested to email@example.com. Book pick up service is not currently available for books from the School of Continuing Studies Library.
- 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 is 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.
Online Versions of Print Materials
- If you need materials for your 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 online access to as many research materials as possible.
- To explore enhanced access to online materials on your own, visit the sites listed below.
- Publishers' offers are set out in our Temporary Access to Electronic Resources During Instructional Continuity guide.
- The National Emergency Library, part of the Internet Archive, has the full text of books to support research and teaching. You must create an account in order to use this service. 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.
- HathiTrust is providing access to the full text of print books held by the Library. You must log in as a member of the Georgetown University community for this expanded access. Note that limitations apply - details are on the Emergency Temporary Access Service page.
- The Internet Archive has public domain and open access books freely available.
- Project Gutenberg provides free scanned copies of older books now in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions.
- If you were planning to show a film during face-to-face classroom instruction and are no longer able to do so, we will look for a licensed streaming version for you. If an institutional license is not available, whenever possible, we will direct you to low-cost options for viewing. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Other Course Materials
- If you require online versions of other course materials, please contact your subject specialist with details about the required materials.