Johns Hopkins libraries announce spring service updates, reopening of some spaces

Libraries at Homewood campus, Peabody Institute will allow expanded access in the coming weeks with reduced hours, capacity

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Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins Libraries are preparing to reopen several spaces in the days ahead with reduced hours, capacity limits, de-densified study spaces, and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures as the university expands on-campus activities for the spring semester.

The Arthur Friedheim Library at the Peabody Institute will reopen on Jan. 25, and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Brody Learning Commons, and Hutzler Reading Room on the university's Homewood campus will reopen on Feb. 1, with reduced hours and capacity as the university moves to Phase 2 of its reopening plan. Students and faculty who wish to access these spaces—which have been closed since March amid the COVID-19 pandemic—must have an active J-Card ID and follow personal safety guidance, including wearing a face covering at all times, maintaining appropriate physical distance from others, and using the Prodensity app or website to secure a campus pass before arriving. Welch Medical Library and Mason Library spaces will remain closed until further notice, but their services and resources are available virtually.

No-contact book pickup and return services will continue at all Hopkins Libraries locations, and the university's special collections and archives are providing limited access to non-circulating materials by appointment only. Many other services, tools, and collections—including research consultations with librarians and informationists, workshops, library instruction, and electronic resources—may be accessed online through individual library websites.

For more on spring semester library access and services, visit the Johns Hopkins Libraries blog.

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