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Book Pickup Service

Books and other materials from the Johns Hopkins and Borrow Direct Libraries may be requested for pickup. All materials for both the Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Washington Library Resource Center can be picked up at Mason Library at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC.

At this time, pickup service is available for current Johns Hopkins affiliates: students, faculty, and staff.

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Pickup Hours for Mason Library 

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Johns Hopkins SAIS Nitze Building Lobby, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW

How to Request Books

  1. Log in to Catalyst, the online catalog, using your JHED credentials.
  2. Request materials by selecting the “Request Pickup” button and indicating your preferred pick up location. Only books owned by the Johns Hopkins Libraries are eligible.
  3. We will find and prepare the materials for contact-free pickup. Please note the turnaround time may be longer than usual.
  4. When your materials are ready, we will notify you by email.

How to Pick Up Your Books at Mason Library

  • Books may be picked up Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., in the Johns Hopkins SAIS Nitze Building Lobby, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
  • Enter the building, show your JCARD or government-issued photo ID to the guard and locate the bag(s) with your name on a book cart in the lobby, then leave through the front exit.
    • Prodensity Health Check required every 12 hours before arriving and while on campus. You can do this on the web or in the Health section of the Prodensity mobile app.

Safety Guidelines

  • Masks and social distancing are required on campus.
  • Library materials will be quarantined for 24 hours between users.

Book Return

If you have materials to return, please contact Library staff at