The University Libraries buildings are reopening on July 27th. Here's what you need to know to have a safe and successful visit. We continue to provide support online for GVSU students, faculty, and staff through our online services.

Library Online Services

University Libraries' services are changing as classes move online due to the coronavirus outbreak. We will update this page with information as it becomes available:

  • The University Libraries buildings are closed. Buildings will reopen on Monday, July 27th, 2020.
  • University Libraries' faculty and staff are available via chat and email to help with your research during virtual hours.
  • The University Libraries is providing support to GVSU students, faculty, and staff through our online services (below).
  • The Knowledge Market is open with virtual services only.
  • No late fines will accumulate during this time for checked out materials, however, outdoor book drops are now open outside the Mary Idema Pew Library (Allendale) and the Steelcase Library (downtown).

The library website is your gateway to research

The University Libraries has a rich collection of online information resources to support your research, including thousands of e-journals and hundreds of article databases. You can access any of these information resources by logging in with your GVSU username and password.

New to online classes? We have great tips for making the most of online learning from the Knowledge Market.


Get articles online

Millions of articles are available through our library search or by browsing research databases. If we don’t have the article you need, we can get it from another library through our Document Delivery service.

Search for Articles

Browse Databases

Do Better Research

The Knowledge Market offers online support in two ways: online peer consultations during open hours and browsable resources that are available 24/7.

Visit the Knowledge Market

Subject and Course Guides

We have research guides for every subject and many courses. They're a great place to start your research.

Subject and Course Guides

Have books checked out that are due? That's okay! No late fines will accumulate while classes have been moved online. Outdoor book drops are open, but you can hold onto materials until you can safely return to campus.

Get Help

As of May 14, we no longer have laptops available for loan. Since mid-March, we have loaned out 72 laptops for students in need.

Chat with us

We're available to answer your questions over chat, text, or email during our virtual services hours.

Chat with Us

Text (616) 818-0219



Have a question about your research or what services the library offers? We have you covered! Drop by the Library's Help Site to find what you need.

Get Help from the Library

Librarians are here!

Finding and using information can be challenging. There is a specific liaison librarian for each subject area at GVSU, and they can help you with your research.

Find your librarian

Need Adobe software?

If you need Adobe software for one of your courses, email with your first and last name, GVSU email, and the course you need the software for. Once approved, you will have access through the end of the semester.

Need help with other software?

The IT help desk can provide general help with Blackboard, Collaborate, Ally, Panopto, and Respondus LockDown Browser/Monitor.

Resources for Faculty

You do not need VPN (Pulse Secure) for accessing library resources. You will be asked to log in with your GVSU username and password when using library databases. Please keep the VPN system open for those working from home that need to use it.

Instructional Support

In addition to direct support from your liaison librarian, University Libraries offers many other programs and services to support faculty teaching and learning online.

Teaching and Online Classroom Support

eLearning Support

Moving your course online involves more than choosing the right technology tools. GVSU's eLearning group has your covered with resources and support as you transition to online teaching.

eLearning Online Support

Online Video Tutorials

The University Libraries has online tutorials to help students navigation scholarly research. You can embed these in Blackboard, or coordinate with your liaison librarian to work them into library instruction.

University Libraries on YouTube

Need software support?

The IT eLearning staff if providing faculty support in the use of Blackboard, Collaborate, Ally, Panopto, and Respondus LockDown Browser/Monitor.

Don't Have What You Need?

With the move to online classes, we will try to obtain online versions of materials to help support your courses. Fill out our Suggest a Purchase form and we will be in touch.

Request a Purchase


We can help you better understand fair use and copyright as you move materials online.