COVID-19 Response: Important Information

Updated March 24, 2020

The Library is essential for the continuity of curriculum delivery and research. Electronic resources will remain available, as usual. Access to electronic collections represents 99.6 percent of all Library business. We anticipate there will be minimal impact to the community in terms of obtaining scholarly materials.

In addition, all scheduled courses and consultations with librarians, archivists, and public service associates will continue virtually.

Lending and delivery of all physical resources, both from Tech’s collections and Interlibrary Loan, are suspended until further notice except in exceptional circumstances. As such, we will make every effort to acquire electronic content to support our faculty and students. Additionally, we will continue to deliver Interlibrary Loan content electronically, upon request and if available. There may be delays in our delivery as we are operating with minimal staffing to ensure the safety of our team members.

Despite the building closure, the Library will continue to provide virtual support services in lieu of in-person archival and resource access. Given access to physical collections is unavailable at this time, we encourage use and request of electronic copies when possible.

Hours

Crosland Tower

Library (Crosland Tower)

Crosland Tower is closed until further notice. Beginning Sunday, March 22 at 8 a.m., all virtual services will be available 24-hours a day via the Library's Ask Us! page. This may change due to staffing issues.

Price Gilbert remains closed due to construction. It is currently scheduled to open during the summer of 2020.

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Clough Commons

In accordance with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ 14-day “stay-at-home” order, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons is closed except for essential staff with BuzzCard access. It will remain closed until further notice.

Collections

Library Books

Course Reserves

The Library evaluated physical course reserves and purchased frequently used materials in an electronic format, as available, to facilitate access remotely. Instructors should contact their subject expert regarding the availability of course reserves materials.

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Device Lending (Gadgets)

Gadget circulation is suspended.

Laptops

The Library has a limited quantity of laptops available for long-term loan for students in need. Students can contact customersupport@library.gatech.edu to request a laptop. This service is by appointment only and subject to Institute approval and USG guidelines.

Archives

The Archives Reading Room is closed. In the case of an emergency, requests may be made by contacting the Archives; however, the material may not be available.  Archives staff are also available to answer questions and provide virtual research consultations. Contact us via our online form.

Services

All in-person services are closed. We encourage users to visit this page for assistance and the latest information regarding Library service. We will continue to provide services virtually during hours of operation. This may change due to staffing issues.

The Library's first priority is to support instruction; it will acquire electronic copies of needed materials when possible. If an electronic option is not available, the Library's subject matter experts will work with faculty to determine alternative resources.   

However, please note that just as we have suspended physical lending, the Georgia Tech Library does not have access to the physical collections of other libraries at this time. If staff is not able to digitize and mail couriers are still continuing business, we will mail physical items to Georgia Tech faculty, staff, ​and students as a last resort. 

All requests should start by using Interlibrary Loan or reserves@library.gatech.edu for course reserves. Subject librarians are working diligently with students, faculty, and staff to find alternate resources, when possible. Contact your subject expert for assistance.

Returns

No returns are being processed at this time. Contact customersupport@library.gatech.edu for a renewal. If the item is not renewable, we are not assessing penalties at this time. You will be notified when returns resume. 

Special Electronic Resources

Georgia Tech's bookstore, Barnes and Noble, has partnered with digital course materials provider VitalSource and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps, a program that provides access to ebooks to all students through May 25. The list of participating publishers includes Cengage, Wiley, McMillan, McGraw Hill, Taylor and Francis, and many more, as well as university presses.

Learn more

Off-campus Facilities

Library Service Center (LSC)

The Library Service Center (LSC), operated jointly by Emory University and Georgia Tech, is closed. Only emergency requests that relate to life, health, and safety will be fulfilled.

Library Records Center

The Library Records Center is closed. Only emergency requests that relate to life, health, and safety will be fulfilled.