March 15, 2020

Dear Members of the Johns Hopkins University Community:

Consistent with the university’s commitment to take extraordinary steps to reduce the population density of our campus buildings and make transmission of the coronavirus more difficult, effective Monday, March 16, the Sheridan Libraries will close the Brody Learning Commons entirely, and open the Milton S. Eisenhower Library only to Johns Hopkins ID (J-Card) holders, just two hours daily, 12-2pm. This period of opening will give students and faculty a brief window to pick up/drop off books, consult reference works, use printers, etc. The library has posted signs regarding social distancing and urges everyone who comes to the library to be vigilant in this regard.

Faculty and students who need to request books for check-out should do so via Catalyst by 10am each day, so that the items can be retrieved by library staff and made available by the time MSE Library opens at noon.

  • We are suspending the Eisenhower Express delivery service to faculty offices.
  • Any students who are assigned to carrels or study rooms will need to check out items held in those spaces if they need access to them when the building is closed.
  • To accommodate anticipated demand, it may be necessary to limit each borrower to no more than 5 items per day.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, all Sheridan Libraries buildings will be closed, just as the university is simultaneously taking the unprecedented and difficult action of ramping down significant on-campus lab-based and clinical research activities. The libraries will continue to support faculty who are teaching online insofar as possible and will provide virtual reference service, including pointing users to online resources; but we will not be providing access to our physical collections or providing interlibrary loan or BorrowDirect services until further notice.

You can find updated information on our website.

As the Sheridan Libraries are dedicated to serving our faculty and students, we regret the necessity for implementing these measures. But, like the university as whole, our priority at this difficult time must be the health and safety of our staff as well as that of the faculty, students, and staff whom we serve.

Winston Tabb
Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, Archives & Museums