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Johns Hopkins University SAIS Mason Library

Faculty Resources  

Information for SAIS faculty about library services and resources
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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SAIS Library staff are here to support faculty and students with course work and research.

This guide answers some frequently asked questions by SAIS faculty.  For more details about SAIS Library services and policies, see About The Library.

Please contact us by email or at 202-663-5901 if you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting with a librarian to learn more about library resources and services.


Key Links

In addition to your program coordinator, some key SAIS departments (other than the Library) offering support to faculty are:

Academic Affairs provides information on:

  • SAIS's online bookstore (MBS Direct) and submitting book orders
  • JCards (the university ID card)
  • JHED and JHEM (email) accounts
  • ISIS (for viewing your class rosters, submitting grades, etc.
  • General information for summer faculty

Academic Technology provides information on:

  • Blackboard
  • Other Academic Technology support for faculty

Information Technology Services (new site coming soon)


ID Info (for new faculty)

In order to borrow library books, new faculty will need to present a JHU ID (Jcard) to the SAIS Library Circulation Desk so we can enter its barcode in the Library's system.  The SAIS Business Office issues JCards.


Remote Access to Databases

In order to access library databases from off-campus, new faculty will need to have a JHED ID and password. Contact SAIShelp for information on setting up your password.

Faculty who are not yet on payroll, but need advance access to library resources should contact Julie Micek (, 202-663-5713) in Academic Affairs to arrange for a JCard and JHED ID.

Faculty who are currently teaching, but not on payroll and want off-campus access to library resources may need to email to request that their JHED preferences be set up so they’re recognized as JHU faculty.

For a complete list of all JHU databases, see:

SAIS Library Research Guides provide help in discovering both online and print resources.

Ask A Librarian

SAIS Reference Librarians
Contact Info
Reference Desk hours:
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Send Email
SAIS Reference Librarians:
Jenny Gelman, Kate Picard, Steve Sears, Jenny Kusmik, Sheila Thalhimer

Library Location & Contact Info

The Library entrance is on the 6th floor of the Nitze Building at 1740 Mass. Ave. NW.   Stacks and study areas are on the 7th and 8th floors, with access via internal stairway.  (Elevator access to floors 7 and 8 is available on request, for those not able to use stairs). 

Be sure to bring your JCard to ensure access, especially evenings and weekends.

Circulation Desk:  202-663-5900   
Reference Desk: 202-663-5901
Fax: 202-663-5916

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