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.
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:
- 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 (email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Reference Desk hours:
Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
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.