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Library Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This guide describes library services available while campus is closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are looking for information resources about COVID-19, please see this guide.

Remote Library Services

The R. Barbara Gitenstein Library is now providing curbside pickup of books or media materials for faculty and staff. At the current time we are providing access to books and media from our library; we will eventually provide ILL access as more libraries open across the country. We will be offering this service by appointment only Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am-3pm, for the month of July.

To request items from the library, please locate the item(s) in our catalog and place a hold request for the item. Instructions on placing a hold in the library system may be found here: If you need assistance locating an item, please use our Ask A Librarian Service.

After you place your hold, we will retrieve the item(s) for you. Depending on when you place your hold(s) and the volume of requests we have received, we will start working on your request that day or the following work day. Once your requested materials are ready, you will get an email with instructions on how to schedule your curbside pickup. As part of the scheduling process, you will be given the option to designate someone else to pick up your items.

At the time of your appointment, please pull up near the Library in the circle at the end of D Street (near the Library, Alumni Grove, and Ely/Allen/Brewster residence halls) and call 609-771-2311. We will then check your materials out to your account, bring them outside, and put them in the trunk of your car. Please have your TCNJ ID ready to hold up to the window so we can confirm your patron account. If you have designated someone to pick up your item(s) for you, they can show their driver’s license.

In order to maintain social distancing, please return all materials to the book drop beside the library doors facing Alumni Grove. Please do not try to enter the library or to hand materials to library employees. If you have any questions please contact

Ask-A-Librarian Reference services are available virtually.  Please check our library hours page for availability.  

To contact a reference librarian, please:

  • Use the chat box on the left side of this page, or
  • Complete the email form below, or
  • Text us at 609-482-3981.

For more information please see our Ask-A-Librarian Page


If you have materials checked out from the Gitenstein Library:

  • We have extended due dates and will continue to do so until we return to campus.
  • You will not be fined for any overdue materials.
  • If you are on campus, you can drop off your materials in the book drop near the Alumni Grove entrance to the library, but we will not be able to check them back in until library staff return to campus.
  • If you will not be returning to campus, you may mail your material back to the library when the campus reopens. [Mailing address: The College of New Jersey; Gitenstein Library; 2000 Pennington Road; Ewing, NJ 08628-0718]

If you have questions about checked out material, please email

For print materials you want to place on reserve:

  • We will search for multi-user licensed e-book versions and, if available, link them to your Canvas course shells
  • For assistance, please contact 

For videos or recordings you need for classes:

  • We will search for streaming versions of those titles.
  • Please email titles and the date(s) they are needed (if known) to

You can access almost 95,000 electronic journals as well as a large collection of databases and eBooks via the Library's website.

For assistance in finding and accessing electronic resources, please reach out through Ask-A-Librarian services or the chatbox on the left side of this page.

Get It for Me (Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

  • We are still providing interlibrary loan of electronic material, including e-books and digital versions of journal articles.
  • For more information on how to make interlibrary loan requests see this guide or contact
  • We are extending due dates of items that are already checked out.
  • We cannot receive physical books and may not be able to acquire copies of book chapters at this time

We will continue to acquire electronic materials for the library's collections.  Please contact your subject librarian to recommend materials for the library.

Librarians can help you with library instruction during these extraordinary times. We will help you decide which approaches/modes work best for your course learning objectives (as they relate to info skills). Options include:

  • The modules from TCNJ's required "Information Literacy Proficiency" course (IDS 102). (available here)
  • Sample assignment prompts related to info skills (some examples available here)
  • Instruction session options (contact John T. Oliver or your subject librarian):
    • Library fundamentals video playlist (7 videos combining lecture, demonstration, and hands-on student activities, total runtime 45 minutes) (available here). 
    • Brief pre-recorded video lessons on specific learning objectives. 
    • Live-streamed library instruction session (i.e., a realtime class visit by a librarian). 

Feel free to propose another alternative. We will collaborate to find something that works for your course.