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Last Updated June 16, 2020.

At the direction of the State of New York, the campus continues to be closed. The Library, in turn, is also not accessible in person at this time. Despite this, the Library continues to support the curricular and research needs of our community by offering all library services through remote access where possible. See below for more information about specific library departments.

Most importantly, if you have any questions not addressed below, please ask us. We know this is a challenging time, and we are here to help you find appropriate resources in this online environment.

Check back for updates toward the end of the summer.

SLC Library Books

All books borrowed from the SLC Library collection have been given a due date of August 31, 2020. Please see "Book Return Guidelines" information on where to mail items you are ready to return.  Please contact Circulation with any specific questions.

Interlibrary Loan

If you are having trouble finding sources, please ask. We are happy to help!

We continue to place Interlibrary Loan requests, but for electronic materials only. Please submit requests as usual or directly contact the ILL Department with requests for anything other than articles or book chapters. Although we can more easily acquire electronic materials, we will try to acquire scanned copies of hardcopy material if possible.  Please see Book Return Guidelines for information on how to return ILL items. Fines will begin to accrue no earlier than August 31, 2020.

Research Services

The Library will continue to offer one-on-one online Research Consultations, email Reference and chat throughout the summer.


Reserves will continue to be posted on the course reserves pages in MySLC. At this time only electronic reserves will be available; hardcopy reserves are suspended until regular circulation resumes. Please contact the Reserves department with any questions.

Purchase Requests

The Library continues to fulfill Purchase Requests for e-books and streaming films. If you cannot find an e-book or streaming film that you need, please reach out to the Acquisitions department. We’ll do our best to locate what you are looking for. Purchase Requests for print materials can be submitted, but will not be fulfilled until the library reopens.

Book Return Guidelines

For all community members who have library materials in their possession that need to be returned, please follow the guidelines below. Both Interlibrary Loan books and Sarah Lawrence books should be returned in this manner.
  1. If you plan to be on or near campus, you may drop items in the book return of the SLC library at any time.
  2. Please send materials to the address below:
    Sarah Lawrence Library
    ATTN: Circulation
    1 Mead Way
    Bronxville, NY 10708, USA

    Please include a complete return address on the package.

  3. The most cost effective method to send materials is the Media Mail rate through the USPS.
  4. Regardless of the shipping method you use, we recommend getting a tracking number to hold onto until your library account has been cleared:
  5. Please note that there will be a delay in clearing accounts, as we will not be on campus every day. We appreciate your patience.   
  6. All books should be postmarked or dropped in the book return no later than August 15, 2020, to ensure that your account is clear before the fall semester begins.

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Hours of Operation

Main Library Hours: March 19 - August 31, 2020

March 19 2020-August 31 2020 Building Closed, Remote Services Available

These hours are subject to change.

The Library will be providing remote Research Services, Interlibrary Loan, Course Reserves, and Acquisitions beginning Thursday, March 19.

Music Library Hours: March 19 - August 31, 2020

March 19,2020 - August 31,2020 Closed

These hours are subject to change.

Visual Resources Library Hours: March 19 - August 31, 2020

March 19,2020 - August 31,2020 Closed
These hours are subject to change.