What do I need to know before I visit the libraries?

Details about returning services and recent changes to help you plan your visit now that we've reopened.


Yes, we're OPEN

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community visitors are welcome to browse, borrow, study, and use the computers in both campus libraries. No reservations are needed! View our current hours.

A few recent changes

If you've visited our libraries in the past, things may be a little different now. Here's what you can expect:

  • Covered drinks with caps or lids are allowed.
  • Snacks are allowed, but meals and messy, smelly food are not.
  • Computers are completely drink and snack-free areas. 
  • There are designated conversation and quiet zones -- choose the noise and learning environment that fits your work.
  • Sanitizing equipment, before and after use, is encouraged. Wipes are provided. 
  • Overdue fines have been eliminated, forever! Replacement fees will still be charged for lost or damaged items.  

Library to Go is staying

Not coming to campus? No time to find your item on the shelf? You can continue to request materials from either library collection for free home delivery or library pickup with our Library to Go service. 


Scanning and digital reserves are available when possible, subject to 20-page limit and copyright considerations.

In-person research help & instruction returns

Librarians are available to students for in-person research help again. 

  • Visit the Research Help Desks during posted hours for drop-by assistance. 
  • Book a Librarian to schedule an appointment for a research consultation.
  • Chat, email, and phone assistance are still available.

Study rooms are open

Our study rooms can be reserved by individuals and groups at the Circulation and Information desks or by calling (610) 861-5360 for Bethlehem study rooms and (570) 369-1810 for Monroe study rooms. 

Testing & exam proctoring

Testing and exam proctoring at the Bethlehem campus Mack Library and Pocono campus ESSA Library is available. Learn more and see which tests we currently proctor at each location, on our Testing Center page. 

  • Last Updated Feb 08, 2024
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