Georgetown University Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources

The Library will use this webpage to update access to resources and services as well as library hours and onsite operations. The guidelines outlined here for services and access to collections and library buildings supersede previous practices and policies that may be found on other Georgetown University Library webpages.


Coronavirus update from the Dean of Library

Library Building Access & Hours

Effective August 2, all Main Campus Library facilities returned to full capacity to all faculty, students and staff and will follow the same building access protocols that were in place prior to the pandemic. Masks are required for all Library users, but reservations are no longer needed. Please consult our FAQ for more details about access to Lauinger Library.

Request & Contact Free Pick Up By Appointment

Print Materials

Print materials housed in Lauinger, Blommer, Woodstock, and Bioethics Libraries can be requested via HoyaSearch. Consortium and Interlibrary Loan items can also be requested at this time. Requests can also be checked out at the circulation desk when it is open, see the circulation desk hours at this link . (No reservation is necessary for a circulation desk pickup.) If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Media Equipment

Media equipment can be requested via the equipment reservation system. Reservations for media equipment must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Pick up and return equipment when the Circulation Desk is open. Contact with any questions.

Scanning & Delivery Services

Fair use scanning from general and special collections will be available upon request from faculty and students. You can submit a request for book chapter scans from the general collection through ILLiad. To request a scan of an image or document from the Library’s special collections, please send a request through the Booth Family Center for Special Collections general email Special requests for items from the library's print collections to be mailed to faculty and students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For assistance, contact

Course Reserves

The Library is accepting and processing course reserves for the Fall 2021 semester. We strongly encourage faculty to submit reserve requests as soon as possible so that materials can be made available to students in a timely fashion. Early submission is especially important for items that need to be purchased.

We can scan journal articles and a limited number of chapters from a book(s) as PDFs for faculty to post to Canvas as course documents. We purchase ebooks when possible so the entire text is available digitally. To request articles and book chapters, please submit an Electronic Reserves Form. Physical book reserves will also be available for Fall 2021; for these, please submit a Book Reserves FormWe also provide media reserves via Canvas. To request media reserves please submit a Media Reserves Form.

Resource Sharing Services (formerly known as Interlibrary Loan) & Consortium Loan Service

Resource Sharing Services is continuing to request electronic materials for library users to support the research of Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff. Requests can be submitted through ILLiad. There is a limit of 15 outstanding ILL requests at a time for all users. We estimate it will take at least three weeks from the time of request submission for a physical item to arrive from another library. We estimate it takes about three business days to receive electronic materials. For any questions related to ILL, please email

Washington Research Library Consortium loans for physical materials have resumed. There is a limit of 10 outstanding Consortium Loan Service requests for all users. If you have any questions, please contact

Online Access to Library Resources & Tools

Online Resources

All of our eBooks, online journals, databases, and other streaming media remain available via the Library's home page. Use the "Available Online" option in HoyaSearch to limit your search to materials available online. For journals, use the Journal Finder, and select "Available Online" to limit your search to online journals. Access the Library's complete list of databases via the A-Z Databases list. If you have any issues with access, please visit the Off Campus Access page for tips and help.

Additional resources are available on the Library's Temporary Access to Electronic Resources guide.

Films and Other Materials

If you plan to use streaming media in your course, please review our Media Reserves page which includes essential information about streaming media, CDs and DVDs, as well as a request form. If you require online versions of other course materials, please contact your subject specialist with details about the required materials.

Instructional and Research Materials

We are working to ensure that faculty and students have electronic access to as many print research and course materials as possible during this period of virtual instruction. If you need materials for your instruction and research that are not available electronically, please contact your subject specialist with details about the materials you need. We will work with you in order to provide access to as many teaching and research materials as possible.

Access to Software

ArcGIS, MATLAB, Microsoft Office, MiniTab, SAS, SPSS, and other software programs installed on Library lab computers are available for download and installation on personal computers. Visit the Georgetown University Software Webstore to browse the full list of software available for free for Georgetown students, faculty, and staff.

Many software applications available on Library computers are available remotely to Georgetown students, faculty, and staff via Nutanix Frame. This virtual lab environment offers access to ArcGIS Pro, Matlab, SAS, Stata, and more. Within Frame, users can open applications, create and open documents from those applications, copy documents to a local computer or to Google Drive, and print to a local printer. To access Frame, visit the login page for the Lauinger Library virtual workspace, select the “Sign in with Georgetown-SSO” button, and login using your NetID and password.

Faculty and students using Adobe Creative Cloud programs in their teaching and learning during the Spring 2021 semester should contact for more information. There are many other programs available for multimedia development that you can use from your home computer or mobile device. See our list of Recommended Software for Online Instruction and don't hesitate to contact with questions or if you need help.

Research Assistance

Chat Reference Hours

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Email Reference

You can email the Research Services Librarians at and will receive a response within one business day.

Research Consultations

These are available in person or online via Zoom. Librarians will provide individual consultations for faculty and students, including students working on a senior thesis or capstone project. Use the Request a Research Consultation form to schedule an appointment.

Library Instruction

Faculty and Graduate instructors who would like to schedule a Research Instruction Session for their class should use the Request an Instruction Session form.

A list of the subject librarians with their areas of specialization is available on the library website.

Digital Scholarship Consultations

To schedule a Zoom consultation on digital scholarship projects or assignments, please email

Multimedia Instruction

Schedule a one-on-one Zoom consultation with a Multimedia Specialist for help with video, audio, or graphic design projects.

Faculty and Graduate Instructors who would like to incorporate a multimedia project into their course can Request a Multimedia Instruction Session for their class to be held online via Zoom.

School of Continuing Studies

Faculty and students from the School of Continuing Studies should visit the SCS Library home page for assistance.

Booth Family Center for Special Collections

Faculty, students, or researchers who are interested in accessing and using the Library's special collections (rare books, manuscripts, university archives, and art), should visit the BFCSC homepage for assistance.

For New Hoyas

New students and faculty members can find useful information about Library services and policies at our orientation pages for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Impact of Covid on Library Collections

At a time when Georgetown is facing serious budget constraints, the University Library, like many of our peers, is unable to keep pace with publishers’ escalating costs or continue with our usual spending patterns. Toward that end, the Library has been reviewing collection expenditures and overall usage statistics, especially of content that is available online. Read more about the work we have undertaken to address this challenge, including a list of titles we have had to cancel.