Information on this page pertains to library services during Lafayette’s period of remote teaching and learning.

Skillman Library, Kirby Library and library services

Skillman and Kirby Library are closed until further notice. While the library buildings are closed, the library staff are available virtually to support your work. Our online digital collections offer a wide variety of sources for teaching, learning and research, including journal articles, reference sources, ebooks, and streaming video. The Libraries can often arrange access to additional items such as specific ebook titles on request. Interlibrary loan for materials that can be filled digitally, including articles and book chapters, is continuing, and we are available by email, chat, phone, or GoogleMeet to help with your research. More details are below.

Research Help

Don’t hesitate to ask for any help you need finding or accessing resources remotely. Research librarians can

  • Help you locate sources if you’re not finding enough on a topic
  • Help you get full text of some materials that you’re not finding online
  • Email you full text if you’re dealing with a slow Internet connection that makes it hard to get materials online.

Research assistance is available via email, the chat box on the library home page, and phone (610-330-5155) Monday through Friday, 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 5 pm.

Research assistance via the chat box on the library home page is available Tuesday evenings, 7 pm to 10 pm.


Personalized Research Assistance (PRAs) are still available and are offered via GoogleMeet or phone.

Library Classes

Librarians are available to hold classes remotely. Faculty who don’t already have a class scheduled are welcome to contact Lijuan Xu to discuss options.


All of our electronic resources are available off campus. To log in to subscription resources from off campus, connect to the resource using a link from the Library’s web site or catalog, then log in with your Network ID and password. More information is available on our remote access page.

If you need access to books, DVDs or other materials that aren’t available in electronic format, please contact us; we may be able to purchase electronic copies. For ebooks, also see our guide to electronic books collections since many collections have been temporarily opened during the pandemic.

Due Dates and Returns

While we are closed, we ask you to refrain from returning books to the exterior book drop at Skillman. Any books that are returned will be placed in a three-week quarantine to be safe. So you might as well keep them and enjoy them! Materials with due dates of March 21 or later will be automatically renewed through the end of the semester.

Interlibrary Loan

You may still place Interlibrary Loan requests for articles and book chapters. Students, faculty and staff who would like an entire book should contact a research librarian, and we’ll look into purchasing an electronic copy of the book that you need or identifying electronic alternatives.

Special Collections & College Archives

While the Special Collections & College Archives reading room is closed during Lafayette’s period of temporary remote teaching and learning, we encourage researchers to contact us with questions, concerns, or comments at To our Lafayette faculty, we ask that you please reach out if we may assist with your remote teaching plans.

In addition, the digital resources listed on the Special Collections & College Archives home page may assist you in your research. Please visit for further information.

Digital Scholarship Services

DSS’ digitization services for research and teaching will be suspended during the period of remote teaching and learning. Visit to learn about our services, explore digital collections, join the Digital Humanities Community of Practice, and stay up to date on the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium. Contact with questions and ideas regarding digital projects.