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Access Services & Borrowing Privileges: Access & Borrowing Services: Coronavirus FAQs

Disruption to Services

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

As of 3/23/20 all campus libraries are closed.

For more information: Fordham Library Services Update - Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Access/Borrowing Services: Coronavirus FAQs (Updated 7/28/20)

Are the libraries open? Are the Study Zones available?
No, all floors of all three campus libraries are currently closed and not accessible to Library staff or users at this time.

Can I still renew my books?
We have modified active checkout due dates to a new due date of at least August 25, 2020 for all users. (Full-time faculty accounts have a new due date of September 16, 2020, for the time being). Renewal options will be opened to registered students and active adjunct faculty on August 17, as Library staff are expected to be back on site at that time. This is the final automatic due date extension the Library plans to conduct. 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?
Please note that the UPS Returns program has ended. 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, can the Library receive them? And, when will my account be cleared then? 
The University Post Offices continue to operate to receive mail and shipments during the campus closures. If you mail or ship books back, they will be received at the University Post Office and eventually delivered to the Libraries. Your account will be cleared as soon as Library staff can process the returned materials. 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 students were asked to move off-campus, and now it is overdue. Will I be charged fines?
The Libraries will waive overdue fines amassed during this time period, though replacement fees for lost materials still will be assessed. If your checkouts are overdue, please email us at univlib@fordham.edu, and we will investigate your account. 

You have a book in the collection that I need for my research. How can I access it?
Since the Libraries are closed to staff and students alike, the physical collections are not accessible at this time. Please check the Fordham Library Catalog to see if we own the item in a digital format instead. If we do not, you can request that the Library order an ebook version, if available. As well, 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 articles and book chapters 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