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Last updated May 18, 12:30pm

Online Services for Teaching, Learning, and Research

View the guide to online library services

  • Students who need help with research papers may contact to reach a librarian.
  • Visit Keep Teaching @ JHU for faculty resources on teaching courses online.
  • Faculty with specific questions about their course materials should contact

Book Returns

At MSE Library

Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm, Beach-side entrance

Although the Library remains closed, we know that many of you, particularly those graduating this May, are anxious to return your checked out books as soon as possible. Starting Wednesday, May 20th, we are offering a safe and secure way to return your books on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Designated bins will be located on the beach-side of the MSE Library, between the outer and inner vestibule doors of the library. Students will enter through one door (which will be marked with appropriate sign), deposit books in the bin, and exit through another door. If opting to return books in this manner, students must respect social distancing from others, wear a facial covering, and follow all directions on posted signage or from library staff at the Library.

Book Returns in the Residence Halls

For those of you who are returning to campus in order to collect your belongings from residence, book return bins are located in the Residence halls at the Wolman lobby, AMR II Jay lounge, and near the security desk in Charles Commons on the 2nd floor.

If you are graduating and you have 10 or fewer books to return

We can send you a pre-paid UPS shipping label by email. You will be responsible for printing the label, packing the books, and dropping them off at a UPS site.

What if I still need the books?

If you remain enrolled and still need the items, you can keep them with you. If you are graduating, or no longer need the books, then we hope these options to return books are helpful for you.

For questions, please contact the MSEL Circulation team at


All Sheridan Libraries buildings are closed.

Borrowing print materials has been suspended until further notice. Items are no longer able to be requested in Catalyst.

Requests for Interlibrary Loan electronic articles continue to be fulfilled. Delays in borrowing may occur. Requests for physical materials may still be submitted, but will only be filled if a digital copy is available. Contact with questions about requests.

Requesting materials from BorrowDirect libraries has been suspended. For questions, contact

Any questions about books or materials you have checked out can be directed to

Events and programming

All in-person library events are suspended pending further notice in accordance with the university’s COVID-19 guidelines. Please check our calendar for virtual events and workshops.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I return my locker key and retrieve the contents of my locker?

    Due dates on all locker keys have been extended, and you will be notified of the new due date when we reopen. You will be provided sufficient time to arrange the return of your key.

    If you are staying in the area, please hold onto your key until MSEL reopens. You may retrieve your locker contents at that time.

    If you are leaving the area, please mail your key to:

    Milton S. Eisenhower Library Attn: Service Desk
    Johns Hopkins University
    3400 North Charles St
    Baltimore MD 21218

    We will contact you to return your locker contents after we reopen.

    If you have additional questions about lockers, please email

  • Will fines accrue for items I can't return right now?
    • All due dates have been extended
    • You will not be penalized or fined if you choose to not return items due to the current library closure
    • Transcripts or diplomas will not be blocked because of unreturned library items
    • Book recalls are still disabled until further notice
    • The Library remains closed until further notice

Additional FAQs relating to online services can be found on our Online Services for Teaching, Learning, and Research page.