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Drexel Libraries Student Orientation Guide

Online Resources

Need information for coursework or a research project? 

Use DragonSearch (the Libraries' online discovery search tool) to find authoritative online information resources—including journal articles, ebooks, databases, and streaming videos.

Use these links to search for different types of resources:






Print Resources

The W. W. Hagerty Library is home to our physical collection, which includes fiction, non-fiction, youth and children's books, and DVDs. Stop by and browse the stacks whenever the library is open!

You'll also find the Drexel University Archives on the lower level of the library.


Loan Periods

Loan periods for physical items vary by type of material:

  • Books: 28 days; 6 months for faculty & grad students
  • DVDs: 14 days
  • Laptops: 5 hours
  • Course reserves items: typically 3 hours (varies)

Most library items can be renewed online using your Drexel ID and password. Simply log in to “My Library Account” on our website to renew only. Or, call or visit the service desk at the W. W. Hagerty Library to talk to a Libraries staff member in person. 

For more information about loan periods, visit our website or contact

Borrow Materials from Other Libraries

Can't find something via the Drexel Libraries? You can borrow books, journal articles, and other materials from nearby libraries using our resource sharing services.

  • Borrow print materials using EZBorrow
  • Request digital copies of journal articles and book chapters outside the Drexel Libraries’ owned and licensed collections through our interlibrary loan service, ILLIAD.

Visit our website to learn more about interlibrary loan.

Open Access Resources

                            What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is a publishing model that aims to increase access to the results of scholarly research. Open Access provides free and unrestricted online availability to research articles and data. OA materials are made available through OA journals and subject specific and institutional repositories. Quality Open Access journals have the same peer review process as traditional journals.

What are the Benefits of Open Access?

  • Teachers and students have access to the latest research findings.
  • Author visibility and impact are increased.
  • Researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restrictions.
  • The latest research findings are available to researchers in developing countries.

Learn More

Learn more about Open Access and how to find OA resources by visiting our Open Access subject guide.