Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Break / Thanksgiving Hours

SAIS Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, with additional revised hours during Fall Break:

Sat, November 22  10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sun, November 23  11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mon, November 24  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tues, November 25  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Weds, November 26  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thurs, November 27  CLOSED
Fri, November 28  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m..
Sat, November 29  10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sun, November 30  11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Books checked out Wednesday 11/26 are due Friday 11/29 at noon. Limit 2 books per person.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

A wintry mix.... SAIS Library and snow

SAIS Library, like the School, makes every effort to stay open on snow days. The latest information will always be available to you in two places:  The Johns Hopkins emergency hotline at 1-800-548-9004 or JHU's Emergency Alert page.

If the Library does need to make a change in hours of operation, usually due to difficulties with staffing during a storm,
we will try to post a notice via this blog and Twitter. Please also remember that you can access most library resources from off-campus with your JHED ID and password

SAIS will post closing information to the SAIS Home Page, SAIS Insider Portal and SAIS’s Facebook and Twitter feeds

Photo by Kyle Taylor via Flickr CC

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Collections of the Ivies+ Now at Your Fingertips

How would you like to be able to search and borrow books from the eight libraries of the Ivy League (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale) as well as the libraries of the University of Chicago and MIT?

You can with a new service called Borrow Direct.

The JHU libraries have joined a consortium which allows our patrons to request books directly from their collections. You can request any book that is not owned by Hopkins, or is checked out or on reserve. The books will be delivered to SAIS within 5 business days and you can keep them for 12 weeks.

You can find the Borrow Direct link via the Library’s homepage. Give it a try, and let us know what you think at

Open Access Happens More Than One Week Per Year

Open Access Week is back again, though Open Access (or OA) is actually available all the time. And the JHU Libraries provide services and resources to help you with your OA-related needs. So instead of focusing on OA Week, here's a round-up of OA services and resources that the JHU Libraries provide.
Information Sources - Do you have questions about authors' rights, the Digital Humanities, or Open Access itself? Then check out our Scholarly Communications guide. It offers an overview of OA and other new trends in scholarly publishing.
Open Access Promotion Fund - Perhaps our most popular service, this fund helps young JHU researchers (students and untenured faculty) with the article processing charges some OA journals require. To be eligible for reimbursement, the article must be published in a journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. If the article processing charges are not covered by a grant, researchers can be reimbursed up to $1500 per article from the OAPF. A researcher can receive a maximum of $1500 per year from the fund. See the OAPF page for more details and a link to the submission form.
Data Management Services - The JHUDMS helps JHU researchers in managing, sharing and archiving their research data. We serve the Homewood campus, School of Medicine, and Bloomberg School of Public Health by providing the following services.
  • We assist with the organization and preparation of Data Management Plans for grant proposals.
  • We provide consulting and training services on the best practices of data management for researchers and graduate students.
  • We provide a data sharing and archiving solution here at JHU through the JHU Data Archive. This is an archiving option that includes assigning of permanent identifiers to data collections and organization of the data for public access and sharing.
Electronic Publishing Services - Want to start your own OA journal? We can help! Our User Interface Applications Group provides OA journal hosting, including initial setup, configuration, training, registration with search engines, acquisition of ISSN, registration with bibliographic indexes, creation of library catalog record, record uploaded to WorldCat, etc. If you're interested in OA books, we can help with e-book consultation and creation. We can discuss e-book format options, e-book generation using open-source software tools, custom e-book design and programming with you. Contact Mark Cyzyk,
Electronic Theses and Dissertations - Starting last year, all doctoral dissertations and most masters theses must now be submitted electronically. These documents will be made freely available to the public in a library repository, although students may place an embargo of up to four years in order to delay publication. Questions may be directed to David Reynolds at 410-516-7220 or
JScholarship - This is our institutional repository that lets faculty deposit born-digital or digitized research and instructional materials such as scholarly articles, working papers, and technical papers. Make your research reach a wider audience by making it freely available here. For more information, contact David Reynolds at 410-516-7220 or
Thanks to Robin Sinn at JHU's Sheridan Libraries for this post.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Extended Midterm Hours in October

Two October weekends will have extended hours due to midterms:

10/6:    Monday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/7:    Tuesday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/8:    Wednesday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/9:    Thursday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/10:    Friday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/11:    Saturday    9:30AM    11:00PM
10/12:    Sunday    9:30AM    11:00PM

10/13:    Monday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/14:    Tuesday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/15:    Wednesday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/16:    Thursday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/17:    Friday    8:30AM    11:00PM
10/18:    Saturday    9:30AM    11:00PM

10/19:    Sunday    9:30AM    11:00AM

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome New Students! Ten Facts about SAIS Library...

Welcome to all new (and returning) SAIS students! Here are ten things you should know about SAIS Library:

  1. SAIS Library (aka Mason Library) is on the top 3 floors of the Nitze building (1740 Mass), with the entrance on floor 6.
  2. Our hours are here.
  3. Join us for a 30-45 minute introductory orientation to the Library. Details here.
  4. Your course readings are available via a link on the left side of each Blackboard Course Site.
  5.  If you're thinking ahead about papers / research and want to know which electronic resources to use, we have a concise list of Key Databases that might be a good starting point. Reference Librarians are glad to help too... (see #9!)
  6. You can do research from home. Just use Library links and login with your JHED. It's easy!
  7. To configure your mobile device or laptop for printing, see these instructions (PDF).
  8. Access the "hopkins" wireless network when you're on campus.
  9. Your blue "J-card" (JHU ID card) will serve as your library card. You should always know your JHED login ID ("lid") and password. They have multiple uses.
  10. SAIS Librarians are ready to help. We're available Mon - Fri, 9-5, but feel free to call us at 202-663-5901 or  email us
We hope to see you in the Library!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The 80's at SAIS Library

SAIS Library in the early 1980's. The area shown in this image is now part of the large 8th floor study space, with the staircase to floor 7 long gone. The students in the foreground are using the old reserve card catalog, with the Circulation Desk in the background.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Hours 2014

SAIS Library Hours for Summer 2014

June 2 - July 25 
Mondays - Thursdays  8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fridays  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sundays  CLOSED

[Note: The Library will be closed Friday, July 4 - Sunday July 6]

July 26- 27      
Saturday - Sunday  CLOSED

July 28 - August 26
Mondays - Thursdays  8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fridays  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays - Sundays  11:00 am - 6:00 pm*

[Note: Sunday, August 10th and Sunday August 24th, open until 9:00 pm for midterms/finals] 

August 27 - 29
Wednesday – Friday  8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Labor Day Weekend, Aug 30 – Sept 1
Saturday - Monday  11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Regular academic hours begin Tuesday, September 2

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Congratulations, Class of 2014

The SAIS Library staff send you best wishes! 

The Johns Hopkins University Libraries offer a number of resources to SAIS alumni, ranging from free access to the SAIS Library to fee-based electronic resources.

Access to SAIS Library
SAIS alumni are welcome to use the Mason Library. There is no fee for in-house use of the Library's resources, although you will need an alumni visitor’s pass. You may request a pass at the Reference Desk or email Steve Sears

Borrowing Materials from SAIS and other JHU Libraries
For alumni who would like borrowing privileges, there are three levels of service:

  • Borrowing privileges through August to SAIS Library collection (for new graduates only) - $25 refundable deposit
  • Borrowing privileges to the SAIS Library collection only - $100 fee per year
  • Borrowing privileges to the JHU Libraries collection  - $200 fee per year
 Note that borrowing privileges do not include interlibrary loan or certain ebook collections.

All JHU Alumni are entitled to a free RefWorks account after graduation.  For information on how to set up an account, or transfer records from your current student account to an alumni account, speak to a SAIS librarian
or email 

SAIS alumni are welcome to use JHU databases in the Library, but due to licensing restrictions, off-campus access to the full range of databases ceases after graduation.  However, the JHU Alumni Association provides free access to Hopkins KnowledgeNET, which offers alumni access to some full-text academic journals and other online resources.  

Any questions? Speak to a librarian at 202-662-5900 or email

Monday, May 05, 2014

Library Hours for the end of term, 2014

SAIS, circa 2005, with some extra courtyard trees

Regular Library hours are in effect through Thursday, May 15, 2014.  End of term hours are as follows:

Friday, May 16:  8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday, May 17 - 18:  11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Monday, May 19:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, May 20:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 21:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 22:  Graduation 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday, May 23:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Monday, May 24 - 26:  CLOSED

Tuesday, May 27:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 28:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 29:  8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Friday, May 30:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 31 - Sunday, June 1 - 2:  CLOSED

Summer Session hours begin Monday, June 2

Library records of all graduating students will expire on Friday, May 16. Students on the list of graduates must return all library books and pay all library fines by Friday, May 16. The School will not permit students with outstanding debts to graduate, or receive grades or transcripts.

If you are interested in continuing to borrow from SAIS Library as an alum, see our Alumni Resources Guide for more information. If you have any questions, email

Monday, April 07, 2014

Writing term papers? We're here to help!

If you need any help working on a research paper - at any point in the process - the SAIS Librarians are here to help.

We're at the Reference Desk from Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can visit us unannounced or make an appointment by emailing us at Use the same email address to ask us a research question online.

Remember that licensed JHU resources - the databases we pay for that have scholarly content - are available off campus. Just click on a database link via our site and login with your JHED. It's that easy. 

Which database to use? Our research guides are a good place to start. Key Databases is the most popular, but we have a full list of specialized guides.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Classes: Doing Research at SAIS Library

Want to make your research more effective - and faster? We're offering one-hour overviews of the Library's online resources.

Electronic Resources Orientation:  February 14, 28  and March 28 (all at 2pm)
A SAIS Librarian will demonstrate how to use JHU/SAIS resources to find scholarly materials, focusing primarily on articles. A good class for anyone who has a paper to write.

RSVP now

April 7 UPDATE: Our classes have now concluded for the semester, but we're more than happy to help! Please see this post on how we can work with you on your research.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Intersession 2013 - 2014 Hours

The SAIS Library staff congratulates everyone on finishing the semester.  Have a great vacation and we'll see you in January!

Friday, December 13
8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday, December 14 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun - Thurs, December 15 - 19 - open all night* 
Friday, December 20 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 21 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 22 CLOSED

*Overnight hours end Thursday, December 19

SAIS Library's hours for the Intersession are:

Week of December 23

Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday - Sunday CLOSED

Week of December 30

Monday - Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Weeks of January 6 and 13 

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Week of January 20

Monday CLOSED (MLK Jr. Birthday)
Tuesday – Friday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Regular hours resume Saturday, January 25
Overnight hours resume Monday, January 27

Dupont Circle fountain in winter, photo by P_R_

Monday, September 16, 2013

Q: How can I reserve a group study room?

SAIS Library has four group study rooms: two on the 7th floor and two on the 8th floor [see floorplan]. All rooms have computers with keyboards and large monitors students may use to project from their laptops.

To reserve a SAIS Library study room:
Go to the SAIS Library website and click on Study Room Reservations
Use the touch screen on the 7th floor near Study Room 7B or the workstation on the 8th floor near Study Room 8B

SAIS Library’s group study rooms are for:

  • Groups of two or more students only 
  • SAIS students and SAIS Library staff only
  • Maximum of two hours per day per group
  • If a room is not occupied within the first 15 minutes of the reservation block, the reservation will be cancelled.
  • Academic use only. All other meetings/events should be scheduled through the SAIS Office of Student Life or by contacting the Director for Student Life (202-663-5705 or
Note to non-SAIS JHU students:  Due to high demand, Group Study Rooms are restricted for use by SAIS students and Library staff only.

The Johns Hopkins D.C. Learning Commons located on the 3rd floor of the Bernstein-Offit Building (1717 Massachusetts Ave.) has 10 group study rooms open to all JHU students. The Learning Commons is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 10:30 pm, Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Sunday 2:00 pm-10:30 pm). 
Reserve a room in the D.C. Learning Commons 
D.C. Learning Commons group study rooms are for:
  • Group use therefore groups of two or more patrons get priority over a single person.
  • Users are limited to three hours of reservations. 
  • If a room is not occupied within the first 10 minutes of the reservation block, the reservation is considered cancelled. 
  • The reservation system cannot accommodate the transfer of a reservation to another user. 
  • The staff is not responsible for informing patrons when a reservation period is over. 
  • Only covered drinks are allowed in group study rooms. No food is allowed.