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Drexel Libraries Student Orientation Guide

Online Resources

Discover and access the Drexel Libraries’ robust authoritative online information resources—including journal articles, ebooks, databases, and streaming videos—from anywhere, any time.

Access the Libraries' authoritative online information resources using DragonSearch, the Libraries' online discovery search tool:

Print Resources

Browse the stacks in the W. W. Hagerty Library or request to have any item in the stacks at Hahnemann Library shipped to another Libraries location.

The Libraries offers several services to provide access to physical materials. Visit our Borrowing Guide for more information about requesting access to physical materials.

  • Physical course reserves: Print textbooks and other physical course reserves materials, including books and DVDs, are now available in the W. W. Hagerty Library and the Queen Lane Library. Visit the service desk at either location to request on-site access to print reserves materials.
  • Contactless pick-up: Drexel students, faculty and staff may request to pick up physical materials from the W. W. Hagerty Library or the Queen Lane Library during normal open hours. You will receive an email confirming your loan items are ready.
  • Shipping physical materials: Libraries staff will ship physical materials on loan to a confirmed off-campus address (within the U.S.) upon request via the Libraries’ website. Physical materials will arrive within seven business days. All shipped materials will include pre-paid return shipping labels.
  • Online delivery of digitized print materials: Staff will digitize articles and book chapters upon request and within three business days via email.
  • Borrow from Other Libraries: Request digital copies of journal articles and book chapters outside the Drexel Libraries’ owned and licensed collections through our interlibrary loan service, ILLIAD. Request a physical item from another library via EZBorrow.

Note: that the Drexel Libraries does not sell textbooks assigned by your professors. You can purchase your textbooks in the University Bookstore unless otherwise specified by your professor. The bookstore is located at 33rd & Chestnut Streets in the MacAlister Building – the entrance is on the corner of 33rd & Chestnut. The only time you should come to the Libraries for a course textbook is if the instructor puts the materials on reserve.

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 two interlibrary loan 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 Library Guide.