Last updated July 7, 10:15am

Physical Locations & Research Spaces

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Milton S. Eisenhower Library & Brody Learning Commons Active J-Card required.
Hutzler Reading Room Closed for the summer.
Quiet Reading Room in Brody Seat reservation required.
Special Collections Reading Room in Brody MWF 9am-2pm by appointment, JHU faculty and students only.
Restricted Data Room in MSEL Faculty and graduate students may contact Data Services to schedule an appointment.
BLC Café (Daily Grind Homewood) Regular seating open. Online orders available, via

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

Please become familiar with our Phase 3 policies and procedures before you visit the library:

View the guide to using the library

  • Green campus pass is required. All affiliates coming to campus should have a green pass from the Prodensity app for the day of their visit.
  • J-Card is required. You must have an active J-Card ID to swipe and enter entrance doors and turnstiles, and to pick up orders from the BLC Café. Single-direction signage and exclusive entrance and exits to library buildings must be followed.
  • Capacity will be limited to promote physical distancing. Density sensors have been installed to monitor occupancy in real-time. Occupancy tracking will be displayed on the Sheridan Libraries website and on digital signage throughout the buildings. Entry will be denied when the limit is reached, except for faculty and students who:
  • Study rooms and Quiet Reading Room seating require a reservation; all other seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Physical Materials

  • 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 closed; please use the book pickup service. Stacks browsing is not available for spring 2021. Stacks must remain closed in order to comply with copyright law as we participate in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, which provides critical equitable support for faculty, staff, and students, regardless of their location.
  • 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.
  • 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

View the guide to online library services

  • 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

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