Library & Bookstore Resources

Decide how you will distribute documents and readings during a disruption.

  • Become familiar with the process of making PDFs from hard copies.
  • Familiarize yourself with Lauinger e-resources and services.
  • Contact your Library subject specialist for assistance.
  • Make sure you have the software you need for what you want to do.

Covid-19 pandemic: Instructional & Research Materials

The Georgetown University Library is working to ensure that faculty and students have access to course materials during the period of instructional continuity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their goal is to make as many course materials as possible available electronically through password-protected Canvas course sites during this unprecedented health crisis. Read More

They continue to be available to provide research consultations and instruction via Zoom, and will remain on the Library’s chat service as well as on email. If you need help related to replacing physical course materials, visit this page to learn whom to contact.

Textbook and Materials Access

The Library has contacted all major textbook publishers used by GU instructors with information provided by the Bookstore to see whether students may access digital versions of books they had already purchased in hard copy. The responses are compiled in this spreadsheet, Publisher Textbook Access Assistance, which the Library will continue to update as they receive further responses.

The library has received a number of offers from publishers for free access to digital content during this crisis. The library has pulled them together on a guide entitled Temporary Access to Electronic Resources during Instructional Continuity.

Bookstore Resources

In partnership with VitalSource, the Georgetown University Bookstore is offering free eTextbook access for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term.

Click here for free access.

Library E-Resources and Services

E-books and E-journals

Lauinger Library at Georgetown University has a large collection of books and journals in electronic format that are accessible to the Georgetown community from on-campus or off-campus through HoyaSearch. For assistance locating Library materials, email, contact your subject specialist, or use one of our Research Guides. If you encounter a problem with one of our e-resources, contact the Library Electronic Resources Help Desk at


Lauinger Library offers an electronic reserves service to faculty members who would like to share their course readings electronically. Instructors who submit their readings (a book chapter, a journal article, or professors’ notes, syllabi, or handouts) to the library can expect a turn-around of approximately 1 to 2 business days. Instructors may also submit article/chapter information and request that the library find these materials; this service, however, may take some time, depending on the availability of the requested materials. For more information, please visit the Library’s web page on placing reserves or email them at

Connect with the Library Online

During times of instructional continuity, the Library makes every effort to remain open, though hours may be shortened. The Library provides information and research assistance through chat, email, or by scheduling a Zoom consultation. For more information, visit the Library’s Ask Us page.

Office Hours

For support with tools and tips for teaching online, CNDLS provides virtual office hours, Monday-Friday. Click here to enter virtual office hours.  Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm and Friday between 10 am and 12 pm. After hours, you can reach us at  


CNDLS is hosting a series of webinars to help address key questions when teaching at a distance. Please find a list of the webinars below and for more training opportunities, please visit the training page. Recorded sessions are available here.