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Access Services & Borrowing Privileges: Access & Borrowing Services: Coronavirus FAQs - Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Updated Services Information

The Fordham University Libraries remains committed to providing Library services and resources to our faculty and students throughout this academic year.
See below for more information about your access and borrowing privileges in light of modifications for the pandemic.

As of 11/30/20 the campus libraries expect to operate with reduced hours and have limited on-site staff.
However, library staff are available remotely to continue to support our faculty and students. 

For more information: Fordham Libraries Forward

Access & Borrowing Services: COVID-19 FAQ - Updated 11/20/20

Are the libraries open? Are the Study Zones available?
Yes, the Libraries expect to remain open with reduced operating hours through the end of the fall semester, and expect to close for the Winter Recess on December 18. Current hours are available on the Library homepage and on the Libraries' Hours web page
The Study Zone spaces at Quinn and Walsh are available during the Libraries' operating hours, but there are not specific Study-Zone-only hours this semester.

Can I still renew my books?
As of November 16, 2020, we have modified active checkout due dates to a new due date of February 12, 2021, for all undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adjunct users. (Full-time faculty, administrators and faculty emeriti accounts maintain the standard due date of May 21, 2021). Renewal options expect to be opened to students registered for the Spring 2021 semester, and adjunct faculty teaching in the Spring 2021 semester, by February 1, 2021. If you have questions about due dates or your library account, please email us at univlib@fordham.edu

How can I return a book if the campuses are closed?
Library materials may be returned by mailing or shipping them to either campus library address listed below: 

Fordham University, Walsh Library, Circ Dept., 441 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY 10458
Fordham University, Quinn Library, Circ Dept., 140 W. 62nd St., New York, NY 10023
Note: Books borrowed from the Walsh, Quinn or Fordham Westchester libraries can be returned to either of the library addresses listed above.

If I mail or ship books back to you after the semester ends, can the Library receive them? And, when will my account be cleared? 
The University Post Offices continue to operate to receive mail and shipments following Thanksgiving Break and through the Winter Recess. If you mail or ship books to us, they will be received at the University Post Office and eventually delivered to the Libraries when we reopen in January. All received items will be quarantined prior to processing by Library staff, and your account will be cleared once the items have been handled by Library staff. You can check your library account from this My Account link or email univlib@fordham.edu to check if your account has been cleared. 

I had a book that was due before the Thanksgiving Break, and now it is overdue. Will I be charged fines?
As of November 16, all current checkouts were automatically renewed to February 12, 2021. Your books can be returned when you arrive back on campus or mailed to the Libraries (addresses above) if you will not be returning in Spring 2021. If your checkouts are overdue, please email us at univlib@fordham.edu, and we will investigate your account. 

I received an email notice that says a book I borrowed has been "recalled" and needs to be returned immediately. Aren't my library materials all due on February 12 now?
While recalls--when the Library asks you to return a book so someone else may use it--are suspended until the start of the spring semester, the Libraries may contact you to return a book that is needed for Course Reserves for the spring. You will be expected to ship the recalled item(s) to the Libraries at your own cost to either of the library addresses listed above by the shortened due date listed in the recall email notice. Recalled books that are not returned will accrue overdue fines even if you have left campus already.  

Can I still place holds following the Thanksgiving Break?
Yes, the "Place Hold" function of the Fordham Library Catalog will remain active and available following the Thanksgiving Break. Please be aware that we may have limited on-site staff during that time, so it may take us a little longer to retrieve and process your hold requests. You will be notified by email when the book is available for self-service pickup at the selected campus library, and you are welcome to pickup and checkout during the library's operating hours.

You have a book in the collection that I need for my research. How can I access it?
Please check the Fordham Library Catalog to see if we own the item in a digital format first. If we do not, you can request that the Library order an ebook version, if available. If we do not have the e-book, you can place a hold on the physical book to be picked up at your campus library -- the Libraries expect to be open and accessible to users through December 18. If you cannot come to the Libraries, you may request a portion (i.e., chapter) from the material by using our Document Delivery service. Note: If the Fordham Libraries do not have an available copy of the book you are seeking, our colleagues in the Interlibrary Loan Department may be able to fulfill your request for a portion (i.e., chapter) from the material.

How else can I find research materials if I cannot use the books in the Library?
You can use any of the following remote services to assist you with locating digital resources for your research:

  • use the Ask a Librarian chat service on this page anytime 24/7
  • email library@fordham.edu for general help with finding electronic resources
  • search our many databases or the Fordham Library Catalog and One Search for electronically available resources
  • request a portion (i.e., an article or chapter) from Fordham's print collection by using our Document Delivery service
  • request a portion (i.e., an article or chapter) from resources not owned by Fordham Libraries through our Interlibrary Loan service (physical loans are not available at this time)
  • submit a book order request for an ebook copy if not already owned by Fordham in digital format

What do I do if I have materials checked out from the Law Library?
Please visit Library Services During Covid-19 on the Maloney Law Library's web page for details.  

I have a question you have not addressed here. Whom do I contact?
Please email us at univlib@fordham.edu, and we will be happy to answer your question. 

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Fordham University Libraries

William D. Walsh Family Library

Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, NY

Gerald M. Quinn Library

Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY

Fordham Westchester Library

Westchester Campus, West Harrison, NY

Circulation & Reserve Departments

Circulation & Reserve Departments
Fordham University Libraries


Walsh Library  ♦  Rose Hill Campus  ♦  718-817-5109  ♦  718-817-3578
Quinn Library  ♦  Lincoln Center Campus  ♦  212-636-6062  ♦  212-636-6061
Fordham Westchester Library  ♦  Fordham Westchester Campus  ♦  914-367-3060  ♦  914-367-3061

univlib@fordham.edu   ♦   intercampus@fordham.edu   ♦   libraryreserve@fordham.edu