The Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries 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.

Online Access to Library Resources

All students and faculty have access to the library’s extensive collection of online resources. The Sheridan Libraries offers over a million e-books, over 900 databases supporting all disciplines and a rich collection of e-journals.  Access to the resources is with your university JHED ID and password.

How to Authenticate

Students in online programs also have remote access to librarians. The contact information for the librarians supporting your program is found here.

While our electronic holdings are vast, not everything is electronically available. Online students can request home delivery of JHU material.

Accessing the Library in Person

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.

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Homewood Campus Library Services

If you take classes on the Homewood campus, you will visit the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE). The Milton S. Eisenhower Library is the university’s principal research library and the largest of a network of libraries collectively referred to as the Sheridan Libraries. 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. With a repository of nearly three million books and over 55,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions, together these collections provide the major research library resources for the university.

Many of these resources are online. To help you navigate these resources, the librarians are available for remote and onsite consultation.  

While the libraries own a vast amount of material, we don’t own everything.  As such, the libraries offer services such as Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan to enable students to obtain materials from other libraries. These services are free and described on the Library’s Borrow and Request Materials page.

While on campus, take advantage of the study space in the Brody Learning Commons (BLC) which connects to the Eisenhower Library.  The BLC includes a large quiet reading room, 16 group study rooms, teaching and seminar rooms, and a café. The Commons is also home to the Department of Special Collections and the Department of Conservation and Preservation.

For more information on current hours of operation and other services, please visit the Libraries’ website.

Washington DC Center

Under the direction of the Sheridan Libraries, students onsite in Washington are supported by the staff of the Sheridan Libraries @ DC – Washington Library Resource Center (WLRC). The center’s staff provides reference consultation, instruction and facilitates access to a vast array of resources including electronic databases, journals, ebooks, books, data and more.

Onsite students and faculty can enter the library with the J-card. Books and audio-visual material from any JHU library can be delivered to the center for pickup. In addition, we offer services such as Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan enabling students to obtain physical material from non-JHU libraries. Students in DC, can also visit our local partner libraries and borrow material from those area libraries. These services are free and described here.

The library is open year-round. To view hours and contact information, visit the Sheridan Libraries @ DC website.

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