Johns Hopkins libraries resume select services June 29

Beginning Monday, materials will be available for pickup, and libraries will reopen for limited research beginning July 6

Exterior of Milton S. Eisenhower Library

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Starting June 29, JHU affiliates may request books or other circulating materials online through Catalyst and indicate whether they would like to pick up borrowed materials from the Eisenhower Library (Homewood), the Welch Medical Library (East Baltimore), or the SAIS Library (D.C.). Users will be notified when materials are ready to be picked up at the entrance of the chosen library.

Also starting June 29, users with assigned study carrels or faculty offices in the Eisenhower Library may request that library staff retrieve books or other materials stored there and make arrangements for pickup. Requests to have materials retrieved from a library carrel or office should be sent to

On Monday, July 6, JHU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff researchers may begin to reserve time slots to work with noncirculating materials in the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections Reading Room (Homewood), the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives (Mount Washington), and the History of Medicine Library (East Baltimore). Users will have preassigned workspaces that are at least 6 feet from other researchers and from library staff, and they will be required to wear masks at all times. In most cases, requested materials will be awaiting users in their assigned space.

The libraries will also observe new safety protocols, including:

  • Custodial staff will disinfect library research spaces daily. Researchers will be asked to disinfect their own spaces after use.
  • Library materials will be quarantined for 24 hours between users.
  • 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.
  • Patrons may not eat or drink while in the library. Designated break rooms for library staff will be made available for eating and drinking.

Complete information is available on the Johns Hopkins Libraries Return to Research webpage. 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.