MRL Operational Status

Updated Tuesday, 1/4/2021, 4:30 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 COVID-19 pandemic 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 SCDNR and MRL facilities, please consider the following:

  • SCDNR highly recommends that face masks are worn inside SCDNR facilities including the Marine Resources Library, whereas the College of Charleston requires that all students and personnel wear a face mask when around other people inside College facilities.


Service Status
MRL hours 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 open during library hours.
After hours access requires use of a Fort Johnson magnetic key card.

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 are 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. After hours checkout requires completion of the after-hours checkout form at the desk.

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) Operating normally.

Library Technology PC workstations, scanner station, and printer are available for use.

Library Study Space/Seating Available for use.

Library Conference Room Available for use.