Entering the Library

The Howard University libraries and the Moorland Spingarn Research Center are open the Howard community (student, faculty, staff, and alumni) and the public. However, borrowing privileges depend on your university or library affiliation.

Howard alumni and the public are welcome to do research and attend events at the libraries. To enter any Howard library, you will need a valid and current government issued ID. You may also be asked to sign-in when entering.

Please note, that as a private institution situated, Howard has the legal right to bar anyone from any or all parts of its premises. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior of any kind may result in suspension of visitor access.

Hours of Operation

To comply with current health safeguards, only Founders Library will be open during this challenging time. Limited hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesday – 9:00 am to 7:00 p.m.

The Social Work Library and the Business Library will be closed.

The Divinity collection will be accessible at the Howard School of Law Library. Please refer to their website for hours of operation and access requirements.

“Accessing Library Materials”

Only current Howard University faculty, staff, students, and patrons
affiliated with partnering consortia may borrow books from Howard University Libraries. Borrowing patrons must present a valid University
ID. Member of the public and alumni cannot borrow Library materials.

Internet Access

Visitor wireless internet access is available across campus and within the libraries. Library online content and databases can be access while on campus. A valid Howard ID is needed to log-in for access to licensed library online content and databases while off campus.


The University Libraries have computer labs (of various sizes) for Howard student, faculty, and staff use. In addition, there are a limited number of public computers available at Founders Library. The University Libraries reserve the right to limit the amount of time spent using public computers. Students, faculty, and staff have priority when computers and other library resources are in high demand.

Electronic Resources

Licensed electronic resources are available from computers located in the libraries. However, some databases are restricted to Howard University faculty, staff, and students. If off campus, please use Live Chat if you have questions about a specific online resource.