Last updated July 7, 2020


As part of Dartmouth’s Research Continuity Phase II the Dartmouth Library is reintroducing in-person access for Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff to the research collections in Baker-Berry Library and in-person research by prior appointment for faculty, staff, and graduate students at Rauner Special Collections Library.

As we expand our on-campus service, the health and safety of the Library staff and the Dartmouth community continues to be paramount. Details about current Dartmouth policies and guidelines that will govern individuals returning to campus are outlined on Dartmouth’s Coronavirus Information website. With these guidelines in mind, the Library is working closely with campus partners on the design and implementation of required policies and protocols and will move forward in a cautious and phased manner. We will continue to monitor the status of the pandemic closely so that we can adapt, change or halt our in-person services and access to library spaces as necessary.

We are looking forward to welcoming our Dartmouth community back to the Library. In order to do so safely, we ask that all members of the community follow Dartmouth guidelines, including:

  • Completing the Temperature Self Assessment before coming to campus
  • Wearing of face coverings while on campus and inside the Library
  • Adhering to physical distancing guidelines
  • Following signage and staff directions


Access to Collections in Baker-Berry and Sherman Stacks

Collections in the Baker-Berry & Sherman stacks will be accessible Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm from 8 July to all faculty, students and staff with current Dartmouth ID. Access at this point is to the collections only with entrance via the Novack Café.

  • Researchers may browse the shelves in Bakery-Berry and Sherman stacks to retrieve their own materials or they can request books to be retrieved for them.
  • Materials from other campus libraries will continue to be retrieved for researchers upon request.
    • To request books or bound materials: Sign into Dartmouth Library catalog and use the Request link in the catalog record.
    • To request articles or book chapters (electronic delivery): Use DartDoc.
  • Individuals needing equipment loans or DVDs in support of Dartmouth teaching and research can make arrangements with staff from the Jones Media Center.
  • All materials will be checked out and returned at the Berry Library circulation desk.  Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before shelving. Library staff will be using gloves to handle materials.
  • Novack Cafe and the 1902 Room (students only) will remain available 24/7 to Dartmouth ID holders.
  • All non-collection spaces in the Baker-Berry Library will remain closed at this point, including: Berry Library study spaces and rooms; Baker Library, including scholar studies; Book Arts Workshop; Evans Map Room; Jones Media Center; Orozco Room; and the Sherman Library reading rooms.

Access to Rauner Special Collections

Rauner Library will provide on-site access by prior appointment Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for Dartmouth Faculty, staff, and graduate students..

  • Appointments must be made one business day in advance. Remote support for other researchers will be accommodated as possible.
  • Please see Research at Rauner for more details or call (603) 646-0538 during business hours to schedule an appointment or make a request.

Berry, Sherman, and Rauner Library spaces will remain closed to the public at this point. As noted above, our phased expansion of in-person access is limited to faculty, students and staff with current Dartmouth ID. All other Dartmouth Library spaces will remain closed at this point as has been the practice since mid-March: Dana Biomedical Library; Feldberg Business and Engineering spaces; Kresge Physical Sciences Library, Paddock Music Library; and the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Materials from these libraries can be paged for collection at the Berry Library circulation desk.

Continued Support for Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research

Library staff will continue to provide remote assistance to ensure access to online resources and to support research, teaching and learning.

  • Connect to Library resources to support Teaching and Learning.
  • Remote chat and appointments with research librarians, including Zoom video option.
  • Access electronic resources, such as journals and databases. See more information about connecting from off campus.
  • Make class materials available electronically using Course Reserves.
  • Request scans of articles/book chapters from Dartmouth collections using DartDoc.
  • Access to Records Management for Dartmouth Departments and Offices.
  • Please note that BorrowDirect and Interlibrary Loan continue to be suspended at this point; scans from other libraries are limited.

Circulation policies

  • Users will see no overdue fines, in line with our standard policy
  • Recalls of materials will be suspended.

    Please direct any general questions to the “ask us” page on the library website or via email. For course and remote teaching support you can always reach out to your departmental subject librarian.