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Information on Library services for spring quarter

John T. Richardson Library
(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

The John T. Richardson Library, the Loop Library and the Rinn Law Library will be closed through spring quarter. While our buildings are closed, we will continue to provide virtual reference and instruction services, as well as virtual support for services like course reserves and electronic document delivery. 

For more information on our resources and services during this time, please visit University Library's COVID-19 site. More information about the Rinn Law Library resources is available on the library's website.

For Students

If you have questions or need any help, use our Ask a Librarian service. Librarians are available via chat, phone or Zoom seven days a week (see hours). Librarians can help you: 

  • Find sources, reliable facts, evidence, and analysis.
  • Learn the research skills you need to get better grades and excel in your career.
  • Save time and find the most useful information quickly and easily.
  • Meet your goals with personalized help tailored to your needs and interests.

Looking for sources, readings or materials for your classes? Check out our custom Research Guides to find the best databases and online resources for your discipline.

You can still access e-books, articles, streaming videos and all other materials we usually provide online. Check out our online tutorials and guides to learn more.

While the library is no longer circulating physical materials, you can request electronic access to book chapters, articles and other digital materials through our Interlibrary Loan Service.  

If you were unable to return your items before closure, you can renew them online or simply hold on to them until the library re-opens. No overdue fines will be charged to patrons during the library closure.

Students can access our course reserves using their Campus Connect credentials for any course in which they are currently enrolled from our Course Reserves site

For Faculty

Course Reserves

We will continue to provide Course Reserves services to support online classes. Please submit all requests in the Course Reserves System. Note that we are experiencing an unusually high volume of course reserves requests and will process your requests as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience. 

  • Visit our guide for more information.
  • For reserve books, we will purchase e-books whenever possible.
  • Due to concerns for the safety of our staff, we are not currently able to access our physical collections to digitize films or scan books or articles. Please submit your requests as usual and we will post course reserves materials that are:    
    • currently available in our online journals and databases
    • have been scanned or digitized for courses in prior quarters (contact us for a list)
    • are freely available online
    • items we own and can acquire digital copies through interlibrary loan

If you have any questions about course reserves, please email us at If in doubt about a specific resource for your class, submit a request and library staff will do our best to find a way to access it for you.

One-on-One Support

Contact your library liaison for additional options for support in your courses. They can help you identify digital materials for your research and teaching needs.

Information Literacy Instruction

Librarians are rescheduling all face-to-face instruction with Zoom sessions. In some cases, librarians are embedding in courses to offer one-on-one student support as well. To schedule a session or explore other options, contact your library liaison.

Librarians are currently in communication with faculty and staff in support of all WRD 104 classes. Embedded librarians will provide individualized feedback on a library assignment and students will be scheduled to attend a live Zoom instruction session.

Special Collections and Archives librarians are in contact with faculty who previously scheduled spring term SPCA instruction, and have offered a variety of options, depending on the nature of the resources to be used. Options include individual research consultations, embedding a librarian/archivist in the D2L course, and pre-recorded Zoom sessions on finding and using rare books and primary sources online, tailored to each course. Please contact Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts for more information.

Course Guides

Contact your liaison if you want to create a Course Guide with recommended resources for research in your class.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

The library will continue to support digital interlibrary loan (ILL) services. Students, faculty and staff can submit ILL requests for book chapters, articles and any other electronic materials. 

Ask a Librarian service will be available 7 days per week during our regularly scheduled hours. During this time, students can chat live with a librarian for immediate service. They can also schedule 30+ minute research consultations via Zoom for in-depth support. More information is available online.

Special Collections and Archives reference service is available and will be monitored and answered Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the standard hours for SPCA reference). Some questions may be deferred until staff have access to unique materials on-site. 

Collection Development

Purchasing for library collections continues, although the focus is currently restricted to online options to support teaching and learning at DePaul.