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Virtual Reference

Have a question or need help?

  Ask a Librarian!

Librarians will make every effort to contact you within one business day!

Video Appointments

We now offer video reference via the conferencing app Zoom! Download for free today!

Please fill out the Ask a Librarian form or email a librarian to set up a face-to-face virtual research appointment:

We also offer Audio & Video Chat Reference through Microsoft Teams! Teams is a Microsoft-Office 365 App that is available to all students, faculty, and staff that have a Microsoft Centenary Email. Sign into Office 365 to get started with Teams.

Please note: If you are using the online version of Teams, you must use Chrome to enable audio calls or video conferencing AND use library databases.

Fill out the Ask a Librarian form or email a librarian to set up a meeting.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Centenary University and Taylor Memorial Library continue to monitor the impact of the novel Coronavirus. Please refer to Centenary's Coronavirus Campus Communication site for the latest campus information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

New Jersey Department of Health

New Jersey State Library COVID-19 Resources

This page will provide updates on the status of the library and instructional services within the University’s COVID-19 response. Every effort will be made to keep this page up-to-date as we learn new information about the virus and what is expected of our campus community.

This information is current as of 3:30pm, Thursday June 6, 2020 and is subject to change at any time.

Visiting Taylor Memorial Library

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Library is closed until further notice, in compliance with NJ Governor Murphy's recent announcement. Most of our resources and services remain available digitally. We are also providing updates on our Instagram page.

Our staff will be available Monday-Friday to assist with user needs remotely.

Online Access to Library Resources

Students, faculty, and staff members have 24/7 off campus access to digital library materials (articles from journals, ebooks, scanned Archives materials, etc.) through our Master Search Box and library databases.  *When accessing library resources from off campus, users will be prompted to sign in using their campus credentials for authentication.


Resources for instructors:

Instructors are encouraged to replace physical resources with digital resources where possible, using materials that are available in the library’s full-text databases or that are freely available online.

  • Free Resources for Virtual Teaching & Learning

    Many publishers and information vendors have temporarily opened up subscription content during this shift to remote, virtual learning. Resources include ebooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and streaming video.

Research & Reference Support

Librarians and Library staff will make every attempt to respond to questions as quickly as possible.

Librarians will continue to support the University community with a range of services to enable and enhance remote teaching and learning. Support includes:

  • virtual research & reference help (Ask a Librarian!, Online Chat & Zoom Video Reference, Teams Audio & Video Reference)
  • Research 101
  • help accessing digital materials
  • remote instruction (please email to discuss)

ALL Borrowed Library Books and DVDs Renewed

If you have library materials checked out, and aren't sure what to do with them - know that we have renewed all items through the end of the semester.

  • Please hang on to your library books and/or DVDs until the end of the semester / until the library re-opens. We have renewed all borrowed items, so you will not be charged any fines.
  • Since the library building is now closed until further notice, we can no longer provide Book Drop access. You will be able to return your borrowed library items when the library re-opens.

Interlibrary Loan Service Delays

Please be aware that interlibrary loan response time may be affected.

  • We will process article requests as quickly as we can, but please note that it may take a bit longer than usual.
  • Due to temporary closure of many libraries, interlibrary book borrowing services are currently suspended.