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.

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 returning to campus to collect their belongings may also leave books in their residence hall room with a note that they should be returned to the library. Students who are not returning to campus should contact, and we will work with you to arrange to return your books. Any items not returned by the end of the semester will be automatically renewed. Please contact if you have any questions.

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 since many collections have been temporarily opened during the pandemic.

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.

Paging Service

When staff are allowed to return to the library, we plan to set up a paging service even if the library building is not open to students, faculty, and staff. This would allow you to request physical materials from our collection and pick them up at a designated location. We also hope to be able to mail materials to students who are beginning to work on honors theses during the summer. Details about these services will be posted on this page.

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.