Brandeis Library Resources During COVID-19

Spring 2021 Semester:
The Library is open to Brandeis students, faculty, and staff with reduced hours. There are special precautions for handling materials. When visiting the Library, please follow campus guidelines, as well as any signage and staff directions. Library services also will continue to be delivered via Zoom, chat, and email.

Last updated Feb. 3, 2021

As we work to offer more services on campus in accordance with the University's Scaling Up Guide, the health and safety of our community is a top priority. The Library is working with campus partners to design and implement policies and procedures for each scaling up stage, and we are monitoring the pandemic closely so we can adapt our services and access to our spaces and materials as needed.

Brandeis’ Spring 2021 semester is being conducted in a hybrid fashion, with some students living on campus and taking a portion of their courses in person and some students studying completely remotely. Students, faculty and staff coming to campus should comply with all measures required within the Campus Passport, including testing and taking the Daily Health Assessment. For complete information, visit the COVID-19 Response website.

Remote Resources FAQ

Building Hours for the Spring Semester

The Library will be open to all members of the Brandeis community with the following hours:

Spring Semester Hours: Saturday, Jan. 30 - Friday, May 14

For a full list of holidays and exceptions, please visit the Hours page.

Library Entrance and Exit

The Usdan door is designated as the entrance to the Library. The Plaza door is designated as the exit. Signs will mark the flow of traffic throughout the building. People will use the card swipes at the doors when entering the building, and a monitor will check passports. People must have a green or yellow passport to enter the library.

The Library Starbucks Cafe will be closed for the spring semester, and the Farber door also will remain closed.

No Food or Drink in the Library

Until further notice, no food or drink can be consumed inside the Library. Please eat in your room, outside, or in a designated eating area.

Alternative Study Spaces

When the Library reaches capacity, or even before, students are welcome to use other campus common spaces available to students (subject to change during the semester). 



Pick Up and Ship to Home Service Information

Details for the Pick Up and Ship to Home services are available on the Library website. To improve this service outside of operating hours, contactless pick up lockers are available in Upper Usdan.


Some Library departments are appointment-only at this time. Information on how to schedule an appointment for the following departments is available below.

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

The HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) program has allowed the library to provide users with digital access to hundreds of thousands of books that are available in the library’s physical collection while the library supports teaching and learning in our current, hybrid environment. We recognize that print access to these titles may be preferable for some members of our community. The Brandeis Library is committed to providing the broadest possible access in support of the full community. To do so, we have remained in the ETAS program even while the library building is open. This means that physical circulation of these titles is not possible. This service is helping the Brandeis Library meet the teaching and learning needs of remote patrons in the most cost-efficient way since ebooks and shipping costs have put strains on the library’s budget. When searching OneSearch, please utilize the digital copy of items available through HathiTrust. To identify these items, look for the orange elephant (alt text is “HathiTrust Logo”) and use the link “Full Text Available at HathiTrust.”

Users have the following options if they would like to use or borrow a HathiTrust ETAS item:

If you have a book assigned for your class that is currently available through HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, please submit a reserve request for the title. Hathi books can only be viewed by one patron at a time, and we do not know how long those copies will remain available. When you submit a course reserve request, we can ensure an ebook copy or digitized copy is available to your students when HathiTrust turns off its access.

Remote Resources

When the Brandeis Library building is closed, or you prefer to work remotely, the Library can continue to provide you with expert help and services to support your research, teaching, and learning.