Reopening the Scott Memorial Library: FAQ

Last updated on September 8, 2020

As Thomas Jefferson University begins to welcome back students, faculty, and staff to campus, the library is also reopening our doors.

The health and safety of patrons and staff is our top priority. Read the FAQs below for details on the library reopening and how we will maintain a safe space as we welcome you back.  

When will the Scott Memorial Library building reopen?
The library is open to all current Jeffersonians. The library is not open to the public.

The library building is open daily from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

The service desk is open:
Mondays – Fridays: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays – Sundays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Please note: The library building is not currently open 24/7 but from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. To enter the library building, all patrons must wear face masks, covering the nose and mouth.

What measures will be taken to ensure the safety of library patrons and staff?
The health and safety of patrons and staff is our top priority. All patrons must adhere to the university’s COVID-19 Community Standards, found in the Relaunch Guide. Students: access the University Relaunch Guide on BannerWeb. Faculty and staff: access the University Relaunch Guide on MyJeffHub.

The library will follow the university’s guidelines. In addition:

  • Hand sanitizer will be available on all floors
  • Reduced & spaced out seating in the library and computer labs will adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Increased cleaning schedule for tables, bathrooms, computer labs, common areas
  • All library staff will wear masks and adhere to university guidelines
  • Increased cleaning of physical materials  

Can I borrow materials?
Yes, physical materials may be loaned out of the library. Complete the same process to request materials as you always have. All returned materials will be quarantined for two days before being re-entered to the collections.

Don’t forget, we add resources to our digital collections every month! Access these resources like databases, e-Books, and journals on our website. Check out this step-by-step guide, which walks you through the options for accessing full-text journal articles and e-books remotely.

How do I return materials?
Return borrowed materials may be returned at the Service Desk. When the Service Desk is closed, a book drop is located to the side of the window. When materials are returned, they will be quarantined for two days before being re-added to the available collections.

Is InterLibrary Loan available?
InterLibrary Loan services are slightly limited at this time, but if you order a book or article, we will try our best to fulfill your requests. Email with any questions regarding InterLibrary Loan.

Don’t forget, we’re always here for you! Ways to contact us: