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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 & Hours

Starting January 23, Lauinger Library will be open from 10 a.m.–midnight Monday–Friday, and from noon–10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Circulation Desk will be open Monday–Friday from 1–5 p.m. Please check the Library hours page for information on in-person and online services. Bioethics, Woodstock, and the School of Continuing Studies branch libraries will remain closed until further notice. Access to Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Maker Hub, and media rooms is by appointment only. Other Washington Research Library Consortium library buildings are closed to Georgetown patrons until further notice.

All Library patrons must abide by the health and safety measures outlined in the Georgetown University Community Compact. Access to the Library is currently restricted to graduate students who have been approved to be on campus, undergraduates living on campus, and approved faculty and staff. Faculty and staff do not need a reservation to enter the Library. Undergraduate and graduate students must have a green GU360 badge and a reservation to enter the Library. Please consult our FAQ for more details about access to Lauinger Library.

Though Library staff do not need a reservation to enter the Library, Lauinger Library is adhering to current directions from the CDC and the University. If you need to gain access to your office, you can email the University for an “On-Campus Grab-and-Go Request" by following these instructions.

Effective February 1, Blommer Science Library will be open to graduate students as a study space only from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday. (Blommer will be closed for cleaning daily from noon–1 p.m.) As with Lauinger, a green GU360 badge and reservation will be required for entry. There are currently no circulation services at Blommer; print materials housed there may be requested via HoyaSearch. Study spaces on the fourth floor of Lauinger are also reserved for graduate students.

Request & Contact Free Pick Up By Appointment

Print Materials

Print materials housed in Lauinger, Blommer, Woodstock, and Bioethics Libraries can be requested via HoyaSearch. There is a request limit of 10 outstanding items at a time per user. When your request is ready, you will receive an email notice with the link to schedule your pickup appointment. The pickup times are:

Monday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m
Tuesday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Media Equipment

All media equipment loans will be made by reservation only. Media equipment can be requested via the equipment reservation system. Reservations for media equipment must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Pick up and return times are Monday–Friday from 1–4:30 p.m. Contact with any questions.

Scanning & Delivery Services

Fair use scanning from general and special collections will be available upon request from faculty and students. You can submit a request for book chapter scans from the general collection through ILLiad. To request a scan of an image or document from the Library’s special collections, please send a request through the Booth Family Center for Special Collections general email 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 is accepting and processing course reserves for the Spring 2021 semester. We strongly 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 scan journal articles and a limited number of chapters from a book(s) as PDFs for faculty to post to Canvas as course documents. We purchase ebooks when possible so the entire text is available digitally. To request articles and book chapters, please fill out an Electronic Reserves Form and submit to We also provide media reserves via Canvas. To request media reserves please complete a Media Reserves Form.

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 can be submitted through ILLiad. There is a limit of 15 outstanding ILL requests at a time for all users. We estimate it will take at least three weeks from the time of request submission for a physical item to arrive from another library. We estimate it takes about three business days to receive electronic materials. For any questions related to ILL, please email

Washington Research Library Consortium loans for physical materials have resumed. There is a limit of 10 outstanding Consortium Loan Service requests for all users. If you have any questions, please contact

Returning Library Materials

All Georgetown University Library materials that are currently checked out will be automatically renewed, with an unlimited number of automatic renewals to be applied until further notice.

However, materials borrowed last fall and spring through the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) or Interlibrary Loan will no longer be renewed automatically. Please return these materials at your earliest convenience.

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. Please do not return any item to the Circulation Desk. Graduating and returning students may mail books back to Lauinger Library. Please contact for the mailing address and any other inquiries you may have.

Online Access to Library Resources & Tools

Online 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.

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.

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.

Many software applications available on Library computers are available remotely to Georgetown students, faculty, and staff via Nutanix Frame. This virtual lab environment offers access to ArcGIS Pro, Matlab, SAS, Stata, and more. Within Frame, users can open applications, create and open documents from those applications, copy documents to a local computer or to Google Drive, and print to a local printer. To access Frame, visit the login page for the Lauinger Library virtual workspace, select the “Sign in with Georgetown-SSO” button, and login using your NetID and password.

Faculty and students using Adobe Creative Cloud programs in their teaching and learning during the Spring 2021 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 – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 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.

Booth Family Center for Special Collections

Faculty, students, or researchers who are interested in accessing and using the Library's special collections (rare books, manuscripts, university archives, and art), should visit the BFCSC homepage for assistance.

For New Hoyas

New students and faculty members can find useful information about Library services and policies at our orientation pages for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Impact of Covid on Library Collections

At a time when Georgetown is facing serious budget constraints, the University Library, like many of our peers, is unable to keep pace with publishers’ escalating costs or continue with our usual spending patterns. Toward that end, the Library has been reviewing collection expenditures and overall usage statistics, especially of content that is available online. Read more about the work we have undertaken to address this challenge, including a list of titles we have had to cancel.