Last updated May 6, 2022, 5:10pm

Physical Locations & Research Spaces

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Milton S. Eisenhower Library & Brody Learning Commons Open during posted hours to affiliates with an active J-card.

Non-affiliates may not pass the guard desk to enter the library, but they may enter MSEL Q-level and the Brody Café from M-F, 8am-6pm.

There is currently no planned date for non-affiliates to enter MSEL for general use or to pick up requested items. When non-affiliate access is approved by the university, a new date will be posted on this page.

Hutzler Reading Room Open 24/7 to affiliates with an active J-card.
Quiet Reading Room in Brody Seat reservation required.
Special Collections Reading Room in Brody M-F 10am-5pm, Open to JHU faculty, students, and staff; non-affiliates must make an appointment.
Restricted Data Room in MSEL Faculty and graduate students may contact Data Services to schedule an appointment.

Hours and occupancy limits have been reduced to comply with university health and safety guidelines.

Johns Hopkins University is in Phase 3 of its reopening plan and is substantially back to normal. At this time:

  • J-Card is required to enter the library. You must have an active J-Card ID to swipe and enter the security turnstiles. Single-direction signage and exclusive entrance and exits to library buildings must be followed.
  • Universal masking is required at all times through at least May 22, 2022 in accordance with university guidelines issued on May 6, 2022. More information
  • Study rooms and Quiet Reading Room seating require a reservation; all other seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

View the Using the Library guide 

Book Requests, Pickups, and Returns

  • Book pickup service is available for select print materials from Johns Hopkins libraries or through BorrowDIrect. Eligible items have a “Request Pickup” button in the Catalyst catalog record. Refer to the Borrow and Request Materials page for instructions about how to request materials for pickup, how to pick-up the materials, and how to return materials. Pickup reservations are not required at this time.
  • Library stacks are open. Access to HathiTrust e-books via its Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) ended on August 16, 2021. This change applies only to the in-copyright content made available through the ETAS; access to public domain content continues as part of Johns Hopkins University’s HathiTrust membership. For more information read the related blog post. For help with finding e-books, please email
  • BorrowDirect is operating with reduced partner libraries and under COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safe handling of library materials. You can expect to receive materials approximately one week after placing a request in Catalyst, depending on where items are coming from.
  • Materials may be returned to book bins at MSEL, Welch Medical Library, SAIS Library, and Friedheim Library.
  • Interlibrary Loan requests for electronic articles continue to be fulfilled. Delays in borrowing may occur. Requests for physical materials may be submitted, but will only be filled if a digital copy is available. Email with questions about requests.
  • Limited access to non-circulating materials from Sheridan Libraries Special Collections and University Archives is available by appointment only to current Hopkins faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students.
  • Eisenhower Express (campus delivery) for physical materials is suspended.
  • If you have left or are leaving the Baltimore area permanently and cannot return materials to the MSE Library book bins and need to make other arrangements, or have questions about books or materials you have checked out, email

Online Services for Teaching, Learning, and Research

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

View the Online Library Services guide