As part of the university’s Phase 1 Return to Research plan, the Johns Hopkins Libraries—comprised of the Sheridan Libraries, the Welch Medical Library, the SAIS Library, the Arthur Friedheim Library, and the APL Library—are resuming book returns, book pickups, and limited in-person research activities by appointment only.

Details about the health and safety guidance and operational aspects that will govern individuals returning to campus are outlined in the JHU Return to Research Guidance and the JHU Return to Campus Guidance. Additional information is available in the frequently asked questions section on the JHU Planning website.

We will closely monitor the pandemic to determine whether our plans must be changed. It is possible, if conditions warrant, that our return could be further limited or reversed, and we ask researchers for their understanding as we seek to put the community’s health and safety first.

All affiliates on campus are required to follow these personal safety practices


Status of Services and Access

Last updated Friday, September 18 at 5:00pm

Borrow Direct

Borrow Direct service is now available with the six library partners that are ready: Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Penn. To use Borrow Direct, sign on using your JHED ID. Search the catalog, select a no-contact book pickup location, and place a request. The availability of requestable materials will improve as more partner libraries rejoin the lending network and make more collections available.

The service is operating under COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safe handling of library materials. Because many of the partner libraries are facing restrictions in staffing and physical access to buildings where collections are housed, turnaround times will vary. Currently, you can expect to receive materials two to three weeks after placing a request, depending on where items are coming from. Library staff will proactively review the volume of requests and adjust workflows as needed to try to improve overall turnaround time.

Book Returns

Library books and materials from Johns Hopkins libraries may now be returned through contactless drop-off points on the Homewood, East Baltimore, and Peabody campuses. Incoming materials will be quarantined for 24 hours.

Map and Directions to All Locations

Milton S. Eisenhower Library (Homewood)

Tuesday to Friday, 9 am – 3 pm, Beach-side entrance

Contact-free bins are located between the outer and inner vestibule doors of the library’s Beach-side entrance. Follow posted signage to enter through designated “entrance” door, deposit materials in the bin, and exit through designated and marked “exit” door.

By mail for graduating Homewood campus students

If you recently graduated and have 10 or fewer books to return, you may send a request for a pre-paid digital UPS shipping label to circmail@jhu.edu. Students are responsible for printing the label, packing the books, and dropping them off at a UPS location. Eligible items include books owned by Johns Hopkins libraries, and materials from BorrowDirect and interlibrary loan. Please do not send book donations through this program.

Welch Medical Library Building (East Baltimore)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 am – 2 pm, rear entrance

A self-service drop point is available in the glass vestibule at the rear entrance to the Welch Medical Library building. Materials can be left on the marked book cart. A self-service book drop located at the rear entrance to Welch Medical Library building is available 24/7 with limited capacity.

Arthur Friedheim Library (Peabody)

Monday – Friday, 12 – 4 pm, Mews entrance, 609 Washington Pl.

Enter the Mews entrance and present your Prodensity approval to the security desk. Deposit materials in the self-service bin next to the desk.

Pickup Service for Library Materials

Books and other circulating materials may be requested and picked up from library locations on the Homewood, East Baltimore, Peabody, Washington, D.C., and Applied Physics Laboratory campuses. Turnaround time for requested books will be approximately 2 weeks.

Who can request materials?

At this time, pickup service of library materials is available for the following current Johns Hopkins ID cardholders: students, faculty, and staff. Only APL staff members may pick up materials from the APL Library.

How does it work?

  1. Log in to Catalyst, our online catalog, using your JHED credentials.
  2. Request eligible materials by selecting the “Request Pickup” button and indicating your preferred pickup location.
  3. We will find the materials and prepare them for pickup.
  4. Once the materials are ready, we will notify you by email. If you select MSEL as your pickup location, you will be required to schedule an appointment for pickup.
  5. Please follow the instructions for each location:

Map and Directions to All Locations

Milton S. Eisenhower Library (Homewood)

Tuesday to Friday, 9 am – 3 pm, Beach-side entrance

When you receive the email notifying you that your items are ready for pickup, please follow the link in the email to schedule your pickup appointment.

Follow posted signage to enter through designated entrance door. Locate the bag marked with your name on a book truck parked in the vestibule, and leave through the designated exit door.

Welch Medical Library Building (East Baltimore)

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 am – 2 pm, rear entrance

Enter the library through the rear entrance opposite the Preclinical Teaching Building. Locate the bag marked with your name on a book truck parked in the vestibule and exit the library.

Arthur Friedheim Library (Peabody)

Monday – Friday, 12 – 4 pm, Mews entrance, 609 Washington, Pl.

Enter the Mews entrance on Charles Street and present your Prodensity approval to the security desk. Locate the bag marked with your name on the book truck next to the desk and exit through the designated door.

Mason Library at SAIS (Washington, D.C.)

All materials for both the Washington Library Resource Center and SAIS can be picked up at SAIS. Enter the lobby of the Nitze Building and locate the bag marked with your name on a book cart in the lobby. Leave through the front exit. Please bring your JCARD or government-issued photo ID.

Monday to Friday, 9 am – 3 pm, Nitze Building lobby

APL Library (APL staff only)

APL staff only may pick up books in 5-17 from the shelf to the left upon entering. Books may be returned on the shelf below.

Retrieval of Materials from Eisenhower Library Offices and Carrels

Faculty and graduate students with assigned offices, study carrels, or work stations in Eisenhower Library may request that library staff retrieve books or other materials stored there and make arrangements for pickup. Requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis and may take longer than usual to process due to limited on-site staffing. Please note that this service is optional; items may remain in these locations for the duration of the library’s closure.

How does it work?

  1. Email a scan or photo of your JCARD ID to circmail@jhu.edu so we can verify your assigned office, study carrel, or work station.
  2. We will coordinate with you to identify the items that you wish to have retrieved.
  3. We will retrieve the materials and prepare them for pickup.
  4. Once the materials are ready, we will notify you by email.

Limited Access to Non-Circulating Materials

To support research at Johns Hopkins, some library research spaces will open by appointment only for limited access to archives and special collections materials. We expect that guidelines may change during the course of the summer as government agencies and the university issue additional directives. All services are contingent upon the availability of staffing.

Who can book an appointment?

At this time, access to these spaces is limited to the following current Johns Hopkins ID cardholders: graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff researchers.

How does it work?

Sheridan Libraries Special Collections and Archives (Homewood)

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Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives (Mount Washington)

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Historical Collection of the Institute of the History of Medicine (East Baltimore)

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Safety guidelines

  • Custodial staff will disinfect library research spaces daily. Researchers will be asked to disinfect their own spaces (e.g., table surface and chair of their workspace) after use with supplies provided by JHU.
  • Library materials will be quarantined for 24 hours between users.
  • Each library research space is reopening only after facilities personnel have reviewed the space and floorplan, posted maximum occupancy for each room that will be used to view non-circulating research materials, and ensured that ventilation and other key features for health and safety are functioning appropriately. Each space also will be equipped with cloths and disinfectant.
  • All individuals on campus, including within library buildings, are required to wear face coverings at all times unless they are in a private office with a closed door.
  • During this phrase, there will be no spaces to eat and drink while in the library.