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Updated Campus Amenities for Summer 2021

June 28, 2021

The Maker's Market events, like the one seen here, will be held at the Gateway Garden at Drexel University this summer. Photo credit: Beth Ann Downey.
The Maker's Market events, like the one seen here, will be held at the Gateway Garden at Drexel University this summer. Photo credit: Beth Ann Downey.

Please visit the ‘Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus’ website for the latest public health advisories.

As noted in a June 23 message, Drexel University has updated its COVID-19 measures at the start of summer term that include, particular to on-campus operations, optional masking for fully vaccinated persons and the end of restrictions for indoor dining.

That message explained in detail when fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated people must wear masks on campus, or when fully vaccinated people will not be required to do so, as it relates to on-campus buildings or when using public transit, including Drexel shuttles, and at Drexel health care settings. You can also find more information, and any future updates, related to Drexel’s COVID-19 guidance by visiting ‘Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus’ website.

For Drexel students, faculty, professional staff, community members and other people who use and visit campus, those changes will alter how they can study, teach, work, relax, work out and eat on campus. Additional updates to Drexel policies and operations have also been made for the start of the summer term that will affect Dragons’ on-campus experiences.  

Here’s what you need to know if you’ll be living on, near or frequenting campus this summer term:

Drexel Business Services

Business Services has updated its COVID-19 operations to provide up-to-date information for Dragons as it relates to:

For Eating on or Around Campus:

As stated in the June 23 message: “Eating on campus is no longer restricted. With masks no longer required for most community members, we are no longer restricting eating on campus to designated spaces. For their own safety, unvaccinated persons are advised to distance from others when eating.”

  • Drexel Campus Dining: The summer is typically a quieter period for Drexel Campus Dining. The Northside Dining Terrace is open daily this summer term (featuring Chick-fil-A®, The Hot Bar and The Market).
  • The Dining and Retail Directory has information related to local and nearby businesses that accept DragonDollars, including private dining and retail services accepting Dragon Dollars, that operate on or near campus. Several have “Dragon Specials” for Drexel faculty, professional staff, students and alumni related to discounts, promotions, unique drinks and online ordering.
  • The Gateway Garden at Drexel University, which was opened in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and is located at 32nd and Market streets, is a new space on campus where Dragons can eat, drink, shop and relax.
    • Every Thursday from 1–4 p.m. until Aug. 26, there’s a Maker’s Market event featuring vendors selling Philly-made art, ceramics, jewelry, skin care and more.
    • A series of individual workshops hosted by Philadelphia-area-based brewers, called Meet the Makers, will be held this summer. Registration is required, and you must be 21+ to attend. The next events are “Beer 101 with Urban Village Brewing” on June 30 from 5–­7:30 p.m. and “Bitter Brew with Neshaminy Creek and the Monell Center” on July 7 from 5–7:30 p.m.
  • Currently, there is one tent available on the University City Campus for outdoor dining on campus, located in Lot R near Bentley Hall.
  • The designated indoor eating areas on the Center City Campus will remain as is for the summer term.

Drexel Recreation Center


As of June 21, the Drexel Recreation Center has expanded access to those who can use the facilities, and is now offering monthly memberships to Drexel alumni and the general public in addition to faculty and professional staff and students. Those rates are:

  • Drexel University faculty and professional staff: $20 ($15 for secondary)
  • Drexel University alumni: $30 ($20 for secondary)
  • Community: $50 ($40 for secondary)

Member Services will have modified hours from June 21 to Sept. 17 and will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those who need to renew their membership. Anyone who has not held an active membership from March 2020 to June 21, 2021 must renew their membership in person. 

In-Person Services and Hours:

In-person services have also been expanded to include personal training, IMPACT: Small Group Training, and group exercise classes. All areas are open within the Drexel Recreation Center except for the basketball courts, which will remain closed for open rec play until further notice.

Locker rentals will remain on hold until further notice. Members can access their lockers freely; those who do not have a membership and would like to retrieve items from their locker and can email Tyisha Butler.

Summer Term Hours (June 21–Sept. 4):

  • Monday–Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Facility hours by month for June and July have been posted online with additional information related to Daskalakis Athletic Center pool hours and climbing wall hours.

Squash Courts 1-7:

As of June 21, normal play has resumed on squash courts 1-7. Courts can be reserved, though reservations are not required; reservations can be made up to seven days in advance for 60-minute time slots.

Drexel University Libraries

As the University prepares for a full reopening in the fall, the Drexel Libraries continues to expand on-site services for students, faculty and staff, while complying with public health guidelines and the University’s health and safety protocols. Check the Libraries’ COVID-19 response page regularly for new information and updates about facilities, resources and services.

What’s New in the Drexel Libraries: Summer 2021

Reopening the Drexel Libraries

  • The Drexel Libraries' physical locations are now open to Drexel alumni, guests of DragonCard holders, and students and faculty from reciprocal agreement institutions.
  • The Libraries will reopen the second floor of the Hahnemann Library on July 6.
  • The Queen Lane Library will reopen for on-site services on Aug. 2.

Updated Study Space & Seating Policies

  • As of June 21, the Drexel Libraries lifted all capacity limits in its physical spaces.
  • Seat reservations are no longer required to use the Libraries’ physical spaces. Clients have the option to reserve a seat in the Libraries’ group study rooms, silent study areas and computer labs using the LibCal Seats online reservation system.
  • Small study rooms are now open for group work. As a reminder, clients must reserve a group study room in advance.

Physical Course Reserves Materials Now Available

  • Print textbooks and other physical course reserves materials, including books and DVDs, are now available in the W. W. Hagerty Library. Visit the Service Desk on the first floor to request on-site access to print course reserves materials.

Talk to a Librarian 24/7

  • NEW! 24/7 Chat Service: Need help outside the Libraries’ normal service hours? Now you can get general assistance 24/7 through the POWER Library “Chat with a Librarian” service, a chat service staffed by librarians in Pennsylvania and beyond. Access the live chat box via the Libraries’ homepage or through library guides. For assistance with information and issues specific to Drexel, please contact the Libraries during normal service hours.
  • In-person Assistance: The Libraries’ expert staff are now available for general, in-person information assistance at the Service Desk on the first floor of the W. W. Hagerty Library. Libraries staff will be available for in-person information assistance at the Hahnemann Library when the second-floor library reopens on July 6 and at the Queen Lane Library starting Aug. 2.

Rent Lockers & Other Equipment

  • Visit the Service Desk at the W. W. Hagerty Library to rent a locker or borrow equipment including laptop computers for use within the Libraries, whiteboard markers and erasers, headphones, calculators, projectors, MacBook video adapters, HDMI & VGA cables, computer mice, USB drives and Ethernet cords.
  • Equipment rentals will resume in the Hahnemann Library on July 6 when the second-floor library reopens.

Drexel Libraries’ Continuing Support for the Drexel Community

The Drexel Libraries continues to provide the following remote and in-person services and resources to support the Drexel community in summer 2021:

Access Physical Materials

The Libraries continues to offer the following services to provide access to physical materials:

  • Browse the stacks & borrow print materials at W. W. Hagerty Library.
  • Contactless pickup or home delivery of physical materials.
  • Online delivery of digitized print materials.
  • Electronic course reserves.
  • Borrow materials from other libraries via interlibrary loan and E-ZBorrow.

Remote Services & Resources

Drexel Student Centers

The student centers are open during the summer, minus Ross Commons, which is temporarily closed.

  • Creese Student Center: Open Monday through Friday. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Rush Building: Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • James E. Marks Intercultural Center: Open Monday through Friday. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Perelman Center for Jewish Life: Open Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Korman Center: Open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Center for Black Culture: Open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Drexel Central

Drexel Central's office are open for current students. Hours for summer term are: 

  • Week 2 (June 28–July 2)
    • Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Weeks 3–10 (starting July 6)
    • Tuesday–Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Monday and Friday - CLOSED

Drexel Central's phone operations will remain the same for the winter and spring terms.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Counseling Center

During the summer term, the Counseling Center will be scheduling teletherapy appointments between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Evening appointments may be available for co-op students by request. If you would like to make an appointment for teletherapy please email If you are trying to reach the Counseling Center for another issue, please call the office at 215.895.1415. 

The Counseling Center is working to adapt to the current health and safety guidelines of both Drexel University and Philadelphia. The Center plans to offer a hybrid of in-person therapy options and HIPAA- compliant telehealth options for Fall term. More specific information will be shared as the summer progresses.