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.

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. 

Photo by Kyle Taylor via Flickr CC

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, December 09, 2013

Congratulations, December graduates

The SAIS Library staff send you best wishes! 

Please take a look at the JHU Libraries' alumni privileges. Any questions? Call us at 202-662-5900 or email

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall Break / Thanksgiving Hours

SAIS Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, with additional revised hours during the break:

Sat, November 23 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sun, November 24 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mon, November 25 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tues, November 26 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Weds, November 27 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thurs, November 28  CLOSED
Fri, November 29 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m..
Sat, November 30 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sun, December 1 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Library's "after-hours" are suspended during Fall Break, and begin again on Sunday 12/01. Ask at the Circulation Desk about loan policy changes during Fall Break.

photo courtesy of


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. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

What You Need to Know About SAIS LIbrary

Here are eight things you should know about SAIS Library:

  1. Mason Library is on the top 3 floors of the Nitze building (1740 Mass), with the entrance on floor 6. We're happy to orient you when you visit.
  2. 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 #8!)
  3. Your course readings are available via a link on the left side of each Blackboard Course Site.
  4. You can do research from home. Just use Library links and login with your JHED. It's easy!
  5. Use these instructions to set up printing in the Library from your laptop.
  6. Access the "hopkins" wireless network when you're on campus.
  7. 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.
  8. SAIS Librarians are ready to help. We're available Mon - Fri, 9-5, but feel free to call us at 202-663-5901 or use Ask A Librarian.

Fall 2013 Library hours (as of Sept. 3):

Sunday 11 am -  Friday 9 pm:  open 24 hours
Saturday:  10 am – 9 pm

Circulation Desk hours:

Monday – Thursday:  8:30 am – 11 pm
Friday:  8:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday:  10 am – 9 pm
Sunday:  11 am – 11 pm

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Hours 2013

SAIS Library Hours for Summer 2013

June 3 - July 25  (closed Thursday, July 4)
Mondays - Thursdays  8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fridays  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sundays  CLOSED

July 27- 28      
Saturday - Sunday  CLOSED

July 29 - August 27
Mondays - Thursdays  8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fridays  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays - Sundays  11:00 am - 6:00 pm*

*Sunday, August 11 and 25: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

August 28 - 30
Wednesday – Friday  8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Labor Day Weekend, Aug 31 – Sept 2
Saturday - Monday  11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Regular academic hours begin Tuesday, September 3

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Congratulations SAIS Class of 2013 Grads!

The SAIS Library staff send you best wishes! 

Please take a look at the JHU Libraries' alumni privileges. Any questions? Call us at 202-662-5900 or email

Friday, February 01, 2013

JHU Funding for Open Access

If you're not familiar with the term "Open Access," it refers to faculty and researchers making their journal articles and/or data freely available to the public. The Johns Hopkins Open Access Promotion Fund (OAPF) promotes Open Access publishing by Hopkins researchers through reimbursing the author fees often required by Open Access publishers. Open to all JHU researchers (faculty, students, staff), the fund consists of a set amount of monies that will, on a yearly basis, be disbursed until depleted.

If you're interested in the concept of "open access," check out JHU's Scholarly Communications Guide, which has information about OA at JHU, data, Digital Humanities, author's rights and more.

If you'd like to apply for funding from the OAPF, details and the online application form are available here.

For more information, please contact SAIS Library's Josh McDonald or Steve Sears.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Catalyst: Now with Articles!

If you go to Catalyst today, you may notice something new. In addition to receiving your regular book results from the catalog, you will now also receive article results as well!*

Like this:

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Think of it as a JHU-specific Google Scholar. In many cases, clicking the title of the article will take you directly to the article itself. For those instances where we do not have access to an electronic copy, you will be taken to a screen where you can request one via Interlibrary Loan. Easy!

Looking for articles and databases that are more finely tuned to your research area? Not a problem. You can view a complete list of the 900+ databases licensed for your use at the Directory of Licensed Databases. For suggestions based on your subject area, consult our Research Guides.

So, where did all of this come from? You! Last year we heard from Catalyst users who wanted a simpler way to find relevant articles and journals. This is the result. Your opinions help us focus our efforts. Let us know what you think of this new feature with the red Feedback link in Catalyst.

 * Because of license agreements, lawyers, and litigation, if you are off-campus you will be prompted to log in with your JHED in order to see article results. Sorry about that.