Library Resources, Tools & Tips

Off-Campus Access to Fordham Libraries

Last updated: May 6, 2020 at 12:30p.m.

In light of the cancellation of in-person classes across Fordham University, we at the libraries want to ensure that all students and faculty are aware of the library resources and services that can be accessed from home. This page contains information and links that will help you make the most of the library’s online resources.

We will continue to update this page as the situation progresses. However, for the most up-to-date announcements, please continue to check the Fordham University website and the library homepage. Time-sensitive information, such as changes to library building access, may be posted there before this page is updated.

Reference and Research Help:

As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020, all campus libraries are closed to patrons and staff. However, librarians are working remotely and can still assist you with your research:

Accessing E-Resources:

Databases, E-Journals, and E-Books

In most cases, you will need your AccessIT ID to connect to our online resources while you are off-campus. If you have access issues, please see directions and troubleshooting tips for remote access.

Find databases by subject or alphabetically. You can also search our e-journal and e-book collections. Need help? Contact us or watch these video tutorials that walk you through accessing online resources:

Faculty members: you can still request access to streaming films not currently licensed by the library through the Kanopy database.


The electronic course reserves system, ARES, will continue to be accessible as normal. There are instructional guides and videos for students and faculty available on the ARES website, as well as contact information for library staff in case you need further assistance.

Renewing Library Materials:

If you have books checked out, see the regularly updated Spring 2020 Returns and Renewals Information page. Please contact us at with any questions about your account.

You can renew books online. Go to the library homepage and click on “My Accounts” in the top left corner. From the drop-down menu, select “Library.” Then, click on “Renew My Materials.” Please note that your user ID is your 8-digit FIDN (Fordham Identification Number), without the preceding “A.”

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery:

As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020, all campus libraries are closed and there is no building access. Patrons will not be able to pick up print books at the ILL office. At this time, you can continue to request electronic articles and book chapters from our ILL service. You must create an ILLIAD account in order to submit your requests. If you need help, visit the ILL page on our website for guidance and contact information.

Checking Out Books:

As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020, all campus libraries are closed and there is no building access. Print books cannot be accessed by patrons or staff. Instead, search the library catalog for e-books or see this list of e-book collections.

Need a copy of a book published before 1924? These books are in the public domain and are freely available to read and download from Project Gutenberg. This is an excellent way to access classic texts for your courses.

If you have a card for your local public library, it is likely that they have a collection of e-books and audiobooks as well. If you have a New York Public Library card, check out their e-book selection.

Ordering Books:

Students and faculty can continue to request orders for books not currently owned by the library.

Other University Resources:

If you’re a faculty member transitioning to online teaching, check out Faculty Technology Services and their Course Continuity guide. Instructional technologists are here to help you bring your class online.

Finally, please visit the Fordham University website and the library homepage for ongoing updates about campus operations.

Most importantly, take care of yourself and your loved ones!

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