Last updated: July 27, 2020

Skillman and Kirby Library are closed. Our current plan, subject to change, is to re-open Skillman and Kirby on Monday, August 17, with limited hours. While the library buildings are closed, the library staff are available virtually to support your work. Details are below.

Pick-up Service for Books and DVDs

Until there is a structured return of staff to campus, a small number of library employees are working occasional hours in the building and can pull library materials as needed and arrange for you to pick them up outside the building. Pickup windows are currently available Monday & Friday 9-1; Tuesday 9-2; and Wednesday & Thursday 9-5, but we will contact you to arrange for a day and time. Please use this form to request materials.

When staff return to campus, the Libraries will also be able to mail items to remote users.

If you are a Friend of the Library please email for assistance.

Course Reserves for Fall Semester

Although physical reserves will no longer be available in Skillman or Kirby for the fall semester, we are purchasing and licensing electronic books and streaming films to replace materials that would otherwise have been put on reserve. Faculty who would like the library to acquire e-books or materials should contact Terese Heidenwolf.

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery

You may now place interlibrary loan requests for all material types. Due to limited staff in the building and limited libraries loaning material, response times will be longer for physical loans and document delivery requests.

Due Dates and Returns

While the library is closed, you may return items to the outside book drop next to the front doors. Students who are not returning to campus and wish to mail their items back to the library should contact to obtain a pre-paid mailing label. Any Lafayette owned items not returned by the end of the summer will be automatically renewed and there are no longer any fines for late material. Interlibrary loans should be returned to Skillman Library so we can return them to the library that loaned the material.

Research Help

Don’t hesitate to ask for any help you need finding or accessing resources remotely. Research assistance is available via email and phone (610-330-5155) Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm. Assistance via the chat box on the library home page is also available Monday through Friday, 1 pm to 3 pm during the summer months.


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


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.

Special Collections & College Archives

While the Special Collections & College Archives reading room is closed, 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 are temporarily suspended. 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.