Libraries

Johns Hopkins has a vast array of library resources to serve your academic endeavors. Library facilities span across various divisions and campuses. Students and faculty can utilize university resources both in-person at the various campus libraries and by accessing extensive virtual library resources online. To use a Hopkins library in person, students and faculty must possess a J-Card. Students are issued a J-Card upon registering for their first course. The J-Card serves as an ID card and as a library card in the Hopkins libraries. Students who are Hopkins employees at locations other than the Homewood campus use their divisional library or library/ID card. This page outlines some of your library resource options.

Library Services for Each Campus/Center

Homewood Campus
The Sheridan Libraries encompass the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and its collections at the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room in Gilman Hall, the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen House, and the George Peabody Library at Mt.Vernon Place. Together these collections provide the major research library resources for the university. The Sheridan Libraries also provides a rich array of resources and services for part-time and full-time students. The Milton S. Eisenhower Library is the university’s principal research library and the largest of a network of libraries at Hopkins. A repository of nearly three million books and over 55,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions, it also employs the latest information technology to offer users access anytime and anywhere to resources ranging from ancient texts to the latest scientific reports. The mission of the Sheridan Libraries is to advance research and teaching at The Johns Hopkins University by providing information resources, instruction, and services.

Interlibrary Services (ILS) provides access to materials not owned by the Eisenhower Library. ILS will contact other libraries to borrow books or have articles electronically delivered to you. All current faculty, students, and staff with a JHU library card are eligible for free, unlimited use of Interlibrary Services. Material can be obtained from other JHU libraries and from libraries outside of the JHU system. For more information on current hours of operation, and otherservices, please visit the libraries’ website

Montgomery Campus
Under the direction of the JHU Eisenhower Library, the Montgomery Library Resource Center (MLRC) provides reference consultation, instruction and maintains a collection of materials for faculty and students. Subject areas in the collection include the biosciences, education, engineering, and business.

In addition to the center collection, faculty and students have access to hundreds of full-text databases through workstations in the library, the open computer lab, and easy access to these databases if they wish to access them from off-campus locations. Students and faculty can obtain journal articles, books, and audio-visual material not available at the resource library. Articles can be delivered to the desktop, and materials can be delivered to the center for pickup. To borrow materials, students must present their Johns Hopkins University JCard at the circulation desk. The library is open year-round. During the Fall and Spring semester, the hours are noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 6 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. To learn more, visit the DC Regional Library Resource Center website.

Washington DC Center
Under the direction of the JHU Eisenhower Library, students in Washington are welcome to do research in the Washington Library Resource Center (WLRC). The center’s staff provides reference consultation, instruction and facilitates access to a vast array of electronic databases, journals, the online catalog, reserve services and a collection of materials supporting each of the programs offered by the schools.

Students and faculty can also obtain journal articles, books and audio-visual material not available at the center library. Articles can be delivered to the desktop, and material can be delivered to the center for pickup. The J-Card is used for identification and borrowing privileges. The Library Resource Center has 10 workstations in the Electronic Research Room. Additionally, students may access electronic resources from off-campus. The library is open year-round from noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday; and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. To learn more, visit the DC Regional Library Resource Center website.

CIRLA (Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance)
The CIRLA is a library borrowing program for graduate students and institutional researchers in participating libraries in Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Faculty and graduate students of CIRLA institutions have reciprocal borrowing privileges. The following institutions are part of CIRLA:

  • George Washington University Gelman Library
  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University
  • Johns Hopkins University (except Welch, SAIS, and Friedheim libraries)
  • Library of Congress
  • National Agriculture Library (Beltsville)
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (excludes Freer/Sackler, Hirshhorn, NMAA/NPG)
  • University of Delaware Libraries
  • University of Maryland, College Park Libraries

To obtain a CIRLA form, graduate students must have active borrowing privileges and be in good standing (returned recalled items, minimal fines, no other blocks, etc.) at MSEL to receive authorization to participate in the alliance. CIRLA borrowing privileges are typically offered through the end of the current semester/term only. Graduate students may complete a CIRLA request form at the Circulation desk in MSEL or the Library Resource Center in Washington, as well as the Montgomery County Campus Library. A J-Card must be presented to apply for CIRLA privileges.

Online Access to Library Resources
Johns Hopkins University provides several options through which Johns Hopkins students and faculty can access library resources online at The Sheridan Libraries website from any internet-connected location. Full-text database and journal resources, as well as electronic reserves, are readily available after a simple authentication. Because the online library is restricted in use to students and faculty, you must use one of the following methods below to access the library online from a location that is off campus:

1. Course Management System:
If your class uses course management software such as Blackboard,  you will be able to access library resources by simply choosing the appropriate link within the class site.

2. Use Hopkins Libraries Proxy Service:
This method simply requires knowing your JHED ID and password. Using the library proxy service, students, faculty and university staff can remotely access Web-based databases, electronic books, and electronic journals subscribed to by the Sheridan Libraries by just choosing the resource you wish to use from the Library’s website. With this option, when you choose a resource, you will simply be prompted for your JHED ID and password. To access eReserves, (course materials such as a syllabus or articles that have been made available online at the request of an instructor for the current semester) from the Library’s homepage, you will need a special password provided by your instructor. For more information about the proxy service see the Library’s webpage about connecting from off-campus locations.

3. Use the Johns Hopkins Student Web Portal:
Johns Hopkins University provides a web portal for students to access many important resources and information, including library resources. To access library resources via the portal, go to my.jhu.edu. You will need to log in with a your JHED ID and password. Click on the library tab. Here you can access library resources such as the e-reserves for the classes you are enrolled in, search electronic databases, view your library account and what items you have checked out, and link to library tools and resources.

4. Use JHConnect (Replaces VPN):
JHConnect is administered by IT@JH and not by the Sheridan Libraries. It is primarily used to access networked resoursces on campus, such as shared drives or remote desktop connections, which are normally restricted by campus firewalls. As such, JHConnect is not being specifically maintained to allow use of library resources remotely. To use JHConnect log into my.jhu.edu with your JHED ID and password. Choose the JHConnect icon. A lock icon will appear with the words “Connect Now”, click the icon and after a short pause you will see a message “You are now connected to JHConnect-the Johns Hopkins Remote Access Service” and asking you to close your browser. Close your browser. You can now access library resources using any browser.

Once you are done with accessing the online library, to disconnect from the Network Connect session, right click on the Lock icon in the System Tray and select ‘Sign Out’ from the menu.

Follow the simple instructions on the resulting page. You should now be able to access Library Resources from the Library website. To start your research, select your subject area from the drop down box “Research by Subject”.