Library Services in DVT

Drew University continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Please refer to the campus resource site for the latest campus information.

This page will provide updates on the status of library and instructional technology services within the university’s COVID-19 response. This information is current as of Wednesday, August 26, 2020 and is subject to change at any time.

  • Use library chat to contact a librarian. Chat hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and Monday-Thursday, 7pm-9pm.
  • For your personal use/research, if you need:
    • A book or journal article that Drew may have electronically, check ScholarSearch.
    • Book chapter(s), or articles from  journals that Drew only has in print format, use Request for Material ScanScans of over 150 pages will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Within 2-3 business days you will be notified by email whether we can fill a given request of this length.
    • To check out a book from the Library collection, use the Drew Loan pickup request form.
    • A journal article or essay in a book that Drew does not own use Interlibrary Loan.
    • A book that Drew does not own, use Library Resources Request Form. We will determine whether purchasing an ebook, digitizing a print copy, or purchasing a print copy is the best option.  Within 2-3 business days you will be notified by email advising how we will fill your request.
    • If you need help with these resources, your library colleagues are here to help — start with the Ask a Librarian page.
  • If you need resources in lieu of reserve to place on Moodle:
    • Chapter(s) or articles from journals that Drew only has in print format use Request for Material Scan.
    • To request a digitized version of an entire work, regardless of whether Drew owns a physical copy, use the  Library Resources Request Form. We will determine whether purchasing an ebook, digitizing a print copy, or purchasing a print copy for scanning is the best option.
    • For requests that we cannot acquire as ebooks, we will explore whether we are able to scan a physical copy of the work. Requests that exceed 150 pages will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Given staff availability and volume of requests, we cannot guarantee timely fulfillment of these requests. Instructors may need to pursue alternatives. We will make every effort to communicate the estimated fulfillment date within 2-3 days of your request.

Building Access: To minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Library and Methodist Archives buildings remain closed until further notice. Although the buildings are closed, your library and instructional technology colleagues will continue to support the university community with a range of services to enable and enhance remote teaching and learning.

Access to Information Resources:

  • See for remote access to electronic resources, including journal articles and e-books. For instructions, refer to the Remote User Services page. Instructors are encouraged to replace physical resources with digital resources where possible, using materials that are available in the library’s full-text databases or that are freely available online. Library resources can be linked directly from Moodle. Use the Library Resource Request Form or the Media Resource Request Form to submit requests for course-related materials.
  • DVT and COVID-19 Resources (LibGuide): This guide compiles newly available resources, either by trial or offered by vendors to aid in remote and online teaching and learning. Contact or your subject librarian for further information
  • Drew University has access to a variety of primary source databases that can be accessed online. These are accessible through the Primary Sources Guide (PDF), Online Primary Resources (LibGuide),  or through the alphabetical list of resources available on the Drew library website. (Licensed resources require a Drew University log-in).

Research Help and Consultation: Start with the Ask a Librarian page for Zoom appointments and open office hour schedules. If the chat service is offline, forward your question via email, and we will reply as soon as we are able. Note that Library Chat is also available from Moodle. Contact Reference and Research Services: or (973) 408-3588

Library Instruction: Contact your Library subject liaison via chat, e-mail, or Zoom (by appointment) for consultation on integrating digital sources into remote courses, to schedule a Library instruction session with remote classes, and to plan library assignments designed for remote learners. Librarians and archivists may also be offering virtual office hours via Zoom.

Circulation and Reserves:

  • Any outstanding library materials you have can be returned to the tan book drop by the library’s entrance. All due dates are currently set to Sept. 1 or later. If you have items checked out and do not plan to return to campus, please contact
  • If you would like to request a scan of a chapter or article from a Drew-owned item, use the Request for Material Scan form. Refer to the bullet points above for more detailed information.
  • If you are requesting a digitized version of a work, please use the Library Resource Request Form. Refer to the bullet points above for more detailed information. 
  • To request streaming or digitzed films, use the Media Resource request form, and see new policies here
  • Capacity to process holds and recalls may be limited depending on conditions at the university and the availability of Library staff. Contact Circulation: or (973) 408-3486

Inter-Library Loan: During Drew Virtual Time, we will continue to request articles and book chapters that can be fulfilled electronically, but we will not be placing requests for loans of books or other returnable items. Patrons who currently have ILL loans can request a renewal by logging into your ILL account. Any overdue fees accrued during the coming weeks will be waived. Contact: or (973) 408-3474,

Special Collections and Archives: During Drew’s move to virtual business operations, the Methodist Archives building and Wilson Reading Room will be closed to the public. Remote services are available to faculty, students, and researchers during this time. This includes scanning of items from Special Collections, University Archives, and the Methodist Library as well as research assistance via email. You can also set up a virtual consultation to integrate archival and primary source content into remote courses, schedule an instruction session for your remote class, and plan assignments or research projects for remote learners. Drew also has a number of online primary source databases that are available to all students and faculty. If you have any queries, questions, or needs please email the Special Collections Department at or University Archives at

Computers and Printing: Shared computers and printers are unavailable while the building is closed. Instructors may need to revise policies as needed to allow electronic submission of assignments.

Instructional Technology and Media Resource Center: See for service updates, hours, and contact information.

Computer Help Desk: University Technology Help Desk staff and students are working remotely. Service updates, hours, and contact information are available on the UT website

Center for Academic Excellence (CAE): CAE appointments are converted to online. See WCOnline landing page for updates to CAE resources. See also CORONAVIRUS: CAE RESOURCES