MRL Operational Status

Updated Thursday, 8/27, 3:25 PM.

Operations of the Marine Resources Library (MRL) during unusual circumstances and emergencies are directly impacted by decisions made by both the College of Charleston (CofC) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the disease it causes, COVID-19, in South Carolina and in response to current mandates from the State of SC, CofC, and SCDNR, the current status of MRL operations is as follows:

When entering the MRRI and MRL facilities, it is essential that you follow the following procedures to ensure your safety and ours:

  • Wear a face mask, covering your nose and mouth, at all times
  • Maintain six feet distance from others
  • Sanitize all equipment that you use, both before and after use
  • Read signs and adhere to the instructions described
  • Ask for clarification if anything is unclear


Service Status
MRL hours The MRL facility is currently accessible to locate, check out, and return library materials, and to use library technology.
Current staffed hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4 PM.
Entrances to MRL, and the MRRI building in which it is located, are magnetically locked. All Fort Johnson magnetic gate card holders can open these doors. If you do not have a Fort Johnson magnetic gate card, please contact Maggie Applegate (applegatem []) to arrange to be let into the building and library during staffed hours.

Assistance with all questions related to reference, research, access to online resources, etc. Geoff, your librarian will be glad to assist you. Contact Geoff by email (timmsgp [] or timmsg []). Zoom, Skype, or phone meetings can be arranged.

Training opportunities Scheduled training opportunities will now be provided online using Zoom software. Current offerings may be found at Training Opportunities

Material checkout You can check materials out at the MRL information desk, where we are operating a safe mediated check out procedure.

Material return Materials may be returned at the two book drops. One is located in the hallway on the outside wall of the library (to the left of the display cases by the library entrance). The other is inside the library at the right-hand end of the information desk.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Please submit ILL requests for articles and book chapters that can be scanned by lending libraries and delivered electronically. We will process requests for physical items (books, theses, etc.) but cannot guarantee if we can obtain them, or how long it may take because we are dependent upon campus mail services and the operational status of other libraries.

Library Technology Three of the five PCs are available for use with safe social distancing. The scanner station and printer may also be used. For your safety, please wipe all equipment with sanitizing wipes both before and after use.

Library Study Space/Seating Currently, all study space and seating/meeting areas are not available for use.

Library Conference Room Currently, the conference room is not available for use.