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Campus & Community

Working on Campus? Here’s What’s Open for Winter Term (and When)

January 8, 2021

Students must reserve a workstation in advance in the computer lab at the W.W. Hagerty Library. Group work is not permitted in the computer lab or in any Libraries spaces at this time.

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

As Drexel welcomes faculty and professional staff who are in the phases approved to return back to campus back for winter term, several campus locations and services will also open their doors in continuation of or in addition to what they offered during the fall term.

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

Drexel Bus Service

Drexel University bus service along the Dragon Route (Center City Loop), Queen Lane Route (East Falls Loop) and Powelton/Spring Garden Route will run on modified schedules and with health protocols in place starting Jan. 4. You can view the schedules via PDF on the Campus Bus Service website.

Drexel University Libraries

The Drexel University Libraries reopened some spaces in the W. W. Hagerty Library in University City and the Hahnemann Library in Center City on Jan. 18 for modified on-campus services. The Libraries will continue to provide remote services and resources to support Drexel students, faculty, and staff with their research and coursework. 

Visit the Libraries’ COVID-19 page for the latest updates about their resources, services and facilities.

What’s New for Winter 2021

The Drexel Libraries continues to expand its on-campus services for winter 2021 and will offer the following services starting Jan. 18 when its physical locations reopen: 

Printing & Scanning

Computing & Technology

  • Reserve a computer workstation: Computer Lab L14 (located on the Lower Level of the W. W. Hagerty Library) is available for student use in winter 2021. Students must reserve a workstation in advance using the LibCal reservation system. Group work is not permitted in the computer lab or in any Libraries spaces at this time.

Accessing Physical Materials

  • Browse the stacks: The Libraries will reopen its physical collections in the W. W. Hagerty Library for browsing and check out starting on Jan. 18. Items will be quarantined between each use. As a reminder, digitization and delivery services are also available.

Expanded Seat Reservation System

Continuing Resources & Services for the Drexel Community

The Drexel Libraries will continue to provide many of the same resources and services to support the Drexel community in winter 2021, including:

Reserve a Seat to Study and Work in the Libraries’ Informal Learning Environments

  • Faculty, professional staff and students must reserve a seat in advance using the LibCal Seats online reservation system.
  • Faculty and administrators can also use this tool to manage the use of their spaces.
  • Visit this website for detailed information to help you navigate the Libraries’ physical locations. 

Access Physical Materials

  • The Libraries continues to offer the following services to provide access to physical materials:
    • Contactless pickup of physical materials
    • Shipping of physical materials to confirmed addresses
    • Online delivery of digitized print materials
    • Electronic course reserves

Utilize Remote Services & Resources

Check the Libraries’ COVID-19 response page regularly for new information and updates about their facilities, resources and services.

Drexel Bookstores

Drexel Barnes and Noble Bookstores will be open during the winter term and all stores will adhere to new guidelines with everyone’s safety in mind. Free ground shipping on orders of $49 or more is available. Please continue to order textbooks and other course material through the website drexel.bncollege.com to minimize waiting in checkout lines.

For more details on hours of operation and services please visit the Drexel Bookstore website.

Hours of Operation:

  • University City: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Center City: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Queen Lane: Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drexel Business Services

DragonCard Office: A DragonCard will be required to access all buildings on campus. Your DragonCard pick-up will need to be scheduled and new photo uploaded in advance.

Visit the Business Services COVID-19 Operations site and follow the appropriate process based on your status to schedule the pick-up of your DragonCard.

Hours of Operation:

  • University City (Creese Student Center): Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Center City (New College Building): Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Queen Lane (inside Barnes and Noble): Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drexel Campus Dining: Drexel Campus Dining is happy to announce several locations will be open for winter term with abundant choices of hot, healthy vegetarian and vegan options. Full offerings for winter term begin on Jan. 17. Order-ahead through the GET App will also be available in most locations.

  • New this term, the Urban Eatery will offer all-you-care-to-eat dining in addition to current favorites like Java City® coffee and pastries at Downtown Grounds and a gourmet vegan/vegetarian lineup at U.C. Veg, with a newly added salad bar. Additional options will include made-to-order sandwiches, panini and pizza; and a grill boasting a rotating variety of classics. All of this will be available with single entry, seven days a week.
  • The Handschumacher Dining Center will provide order-ahead options Monday through Friday.
  • Northside Dining Terrace will feature Chick-fil-A® (open Jan. 20) and the Market convenience store, and will also remain open throughout the term. The Market will be open seven days a week, and will continue to offer a robust assortment of grab-and-go items from Good Uncle.
  • As part of this collaboration, the Good Uncle Food Truck will also be on campus on Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the term, beginning Jan. 16.
  • ThirtyOne41 café in Main Building will now feature coffee and espresso beverages by La Colombe.
  • Dining Dollars, cash, and credit will be accepted at all of the above locations.

The safety and well-being of the Drexel community are University food services partner Aramark’s top priorities. In addition to long-established food safety processes and protocols, they are being extra vigilant and intensifying preventative measures within our operations, including implementing enhanced sanitation and hygiene practices.

Follow Dining on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @DrexelDining for the latest specials and pop-ups. For more information, including menus and hours of operation, visit drexel.edu/dining.

Drexel Parking Services: All permit parking fees for active and registered students are suspended through March 30, 2021. To register for a $0 permit, log into the ParkDrexel portal with your Drexel Connect credentials. All on-campus parking terms and conditions remain applicable.

For more information, contact Drexel Parking Services at parking@drexel.edu or 215-895-2813. Office hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Drexel student works out in the Rec Center during the fall 2020 term. The Rec Center will open for winter term on Jan. 25. Photo by Ben Wong.Drexel Recreation Center

The Rec Center will be open for in-person use starting Jan. 25 for those on campus. For those who plan to visit, take note of all COVID-19 policies outlined here.

Students can also access Virtual Rec Center offerings from wherever they are.

Local Businesses Near Campus

Drexel Business Services is in close contact with the private retail and dining establishments who operate on and near the University City campus. Many are offering a Dragon Special to welcome back the campus community. For an updated list, visit the Dining and Retail Directory. Be sure to visit the individual businesses’ website directly to confirm hours of operation and offerings.