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COVID-19 Borrowing Procedures: Home


Welcome Back!

The Drexel University Libraries is resuming modified on-campus services this fall. Clients may not browse or retrieve materials shelved in open stacks. Libraries staff will provide access to physical items upon request.

The Libraries will offer the following services to ensure access to physical materials:

  • Contactless pickup: Drexel students, faculty and staff can request to pick up physical materials at any Libraries location.
  • Shipping physical materials: The Libraries will ship physical materials to a confirmed address upon request made via the Libraries’ website.
  • Online delivery of digitized print materials: Staff will digitize articles and book chapters upon request.
  • Electronic Course Reserves: Libraries staff will work with faculty to find online alternatives to replace physical resources.

Please find more information below to guide you in requesting access to the Drexel Libraries' physical materials.

Access Physical Materials

Request Digital Copies of Materials in our Physical Collection

Use DragonSearch to find available content owned and licensed by the Drexel Libraries.

If an item from our physical collection is only available in print, Libraries staff will digitize portions of the item, like journal articles and book chapters, upon request. We will send digitized materials to the confirmed email address within three business days.

Please submit your request for digitized material directly through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system.

Course Reserves for Fall 2020

Information for Teaching Faculty & Staff:

Electronic course reserves are available for fall 2020. Libraries staff will work with teaching faculty and staff to identify electronic alternatives to replace physical items on reserve for the fall term. 

Please email to discuss your options. 

Information for Students:

Online course reserves are available for fall 2020. Any materials placed on reserve are accessible via your Blackboard Learn course shell.


Request Delivery of Journals, Books & More

To request to have print materials within the Drexel Libraries' collection delivered to your current address, use the 'Request Item' option in the DragonSearch record and select 'Mail it to me' as the pick-up location.

The Libraries ships physical items from its collection to clients living in the United States and internationally. Please note that we can only ship physical items requested via ILLiad and E-ZBorrow to clients within the United States.   

Once available, Libraries staff will mail materials to your confirmed address within 7 business days. All shipped materials will include a pre-paid return shipping label. Clients may also return physical materials via the book drop bins in each library location.

You may renew Drexel-owned books online. See more about our Borrowing Policies.

Request Contactless Pickup of Physical Items

To request contactless pickup of print materials within the Drexel Libraries' collection, use the 'Request Item' option in the DragonSearch record and select your preferred pickup location.

Once available, you will receive an email confirming the item(s) is ready for pickup. Please pick up materials from the selected location within 7 days.

For more information, visit our Borrowing Privileges page.

Return Physical Materials

Return Physical Materials to the Libraries

If you received a physical item in the mail, you should have received a pre-paid return shipping label. Package the material in a small box or shipping envelope and use this shipping label to return the item to the Libraries. 

Clients may also return physical materials via the book drop bins in each of our locations:  

  • W. W. Hagerty Library: The book drop at W. W. Hagerty Library is located to the left of the main entrance of the building.  

  • Hahnemann Library: Return all books to the service desk on the 2nd floor of the Hahnemann Library, located in the New College Building.  

  • Queen Lane Library: Return all books to the service desk in the Queen Lane Library.   

Loan Periods

We have extended all loan periods for current Drexel students, faculty and staff to January 4, 2021. Physical materials will not incur fines before that date. If you need to extend a loan period beyond this date, contact

For questions about returning materials via mail or if the link to your shipping label has expired, contact

Contact Us

Contact US

Have questions? Contact for assistance or visit the Libraries' COVID-19 response page for updates and information about our resources and services for fall 2020.