We’re Back! Reopening the Paul J. Gutman Library

Last updated on Monday, September 14

As Thomas Jefferson University makes plans to welcome back students, faculty, and staff to campus, the library is also preparing to reopen 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 Paul J Gutman Library building reopen?
Find the latest library hours here. You will need to swipe with your university ID card to gain entry. To enter the 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 to adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Increased cleaning schedule for tables, bathrooms, computer labs, common areas
  • All library staff will wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Increased cleaning of physical materials  

What will services look like?
Service Desk: The service desk will be open and available during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Chat and email reference hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Librarian Consultations:
Consultations can be scheduled and held as online meetings via Zoom. Request a library consultation using the Request a Consultation form.

Special Collections:
Access to Special Collections is limited at this time. Please contact Sarah Slate for details.

Are study rooms available?
Study room keys are available first-come, first-served at the Checkout Desk. Rooms are limited to one user for 4 hours. Patrons will be responsible for wiping down the surfaces with provided wipes.

What materials can I borrow?
Physical items in the library’s circulating collection (books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.) can be borrowed with your university ID. Please ask for assistance at the Checkout Desk to have library staff retrieve an item for you.

Or, you can request the item be pulled for you by logging in and searching the library collection and placing a request. The item will be held for you at the Checkout Desk or we can bring it to you at the library entrance, upon request. Please allow 1-2 business days for requests to be processed. You will be notified by email when your item is available.

How do I return materials? What about due dates and late fees?
Items can be placed in the book drop located on the exterior wall of Gutman Library, to the right of the front door, or placed in the book drop at the Checkout Desk.  

The first due date of the Fall semester will be Friday, October 16, 2020. All late fees have been waived.

Are Course Reserves available?
The Gutman Library is committed to providing course readings for all Fall 2020 courses, as needed. However, in consideration of the health of students and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, access to the print Course Reserves collection will be closed. This includes current items on the Reserves shelves, as well as any new requests. Please see the suggestions below for alternatives.

Students: Search the library collection for an electronic version of your course reading. Check your course in Canvas for posted readings. Consult with your instructor if you cannot locate a course reading.

Faculty: Please visit the Faculty Services guide for guidance on providing course readings.

Is InterLibrary Loan available?
Our Interlibrary Loan services are fully available for books and articles, through both EZBorrow and ILLiad.  Please visit our InterlIbrary Loan guide to make requests. 
Email illGutman@jefferson.edu with any questions regarding Interlibrary Loan.

How do I access print journals and the Materials Library?
Our Materials Library and Periodicals collection are not available for browsing this semester. To view the items in the Materials Library online, please visit Artstor.

If you would like to request an electronic copy of a printed article, please refer to our Interlibrary Loan page. Submit your request through ILLIAD using your Philau credentials. If you are using Jefferson credentials (Campus Key and Jefferson email), please submit the request to illGutman@jefferson.edu. Please allow 4-5 days for processing.

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