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COVID-19 Library Access

To see the library's current plan for Spring 2021, please see our page Return to Hoover.

Please note that all updates and changes to the library plan will be tracked on the Return to Hoover page. For the overarching plan for McDaniel College, please visit Return to the Hill

Faculty: Please see our page on Teaching in the time of COVID-19

Students: please see our page on Learning in the time of COVID-19

Return to Hoover: Accessing Library Resources

Specific Resources

Checking Out and Returning Books


While we are open to McDaniel during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are striving to limit areas of access so we are best able to clean and protect our community. As such, Hoover Library has moved to a 'paging' model for requesting book use. 

McDaniel community may request any book in our collection using these instructions: If you have any questions about the password to your library account, please contact the Reference Desk or email Peggy Klinge at

Full-time faculty members and staff may check books out for up to 1 year at a time, and adjunct faculty can check out books for up to 3 months at a time. A McDaniel College ID card is required to check books and other materials out from the library. Faculty can renew books online or in person. Materials can be returned at the circulation desk when the library is open or through our exterior book drop any time the library is closed.

Students: as long as the campus remains open for classes, physical materials will be available for checkout through the holds request instructions outlined above. Should the situation on campus change at any point, we will update the details for student borrowing here. 

InterLibrary Loan Options


As long as the college remains open, the library will be accepting requests for physical items that would need to be processed through the library; if at any point the college closes during the semester, the library is still open for requests of digital resources. 

For any questions, please contact Lisa Russell at

Off-campus access to the library’s online resources - including databases, journals, and ebooks - is available to McDaniel College students, faculty, and staff only. Click on the off-campus access link to access the Library’s E-resources. There have been questions related to using personal streaming subscriptions such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu for instruction. These companies do not provide any sort of institutional access subscription, so there is no way for us to make those services available.

Audio/Visual resources will be available for checkout to McDaniel patrons by request. At this time, the A/V room will not be accessible for use, as there is no way to sufficiently sanitize it between patron uses. If there is a resource that would necessitate access to the A/V room, either a request can be made via ILL (for microfiche or microform access) for materials to be scanned and emailed to a student, or you may contact a librarian for help obtaining or viewing the resource in another way. 

The library will not be providing access to physical reserves during the COVID pandemic, due to the risk of contamination between users. For additional questions, please contact your individual faculty members. 

For Faculty: E-Resources

Many publishers and vendors have expanded access to their materials during the crisis. We have a file here: that shows the vendors/publishers we have been working with currently and the status of our setup to access them.  This list will be maintained throughout the crisis. Current status is indicated in the last column. Access to these resources will work as follows:

  • New databases will appear as “Trial” on the library databases list, with the expiration date listed. We will tag these with major subject headings, so they should show up on your Blackboard lists.
  • Expansion of content in existing databases will be noted in the description, with the expiration date listed
  • New journals will appear on the journals list as they are enabled, with the expiration date listed and full-text will link through via the usual pathways from databases that index them. 

Note for all of these that the expiration dates may change, and we’ll try to keep up with that –depends on the vendor.

The majority of these extensions expired over Summer 2020. We will continue to monitor for 2021

Faculty, please coordinate with the library if you are seeking to provide temporary access to a database - we need to set up the links so that they work properly off-campus.

Important note about links: 

Only use links on the library databases list or catalog to get into things off campus. If you are on campus, a straight link to a database like Drama Online (i.e. if you just typed in "") would work, since you would be internal, and the vendor recognizes our IP.

When you are off campus a site thinks you are not part of McDaniel. When you use the library-supplied link, it passes through the library proxy and translates your address to one of ours, and voila, you are recognized.

This is the same for *every* library resource. It is better to just *never* use any links but those supplied by the library , which will work properly anywhere.

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