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Library materials for use outside the building may be checked out at the circulation desk. They may also be returned to the book depositories at the circulation desk or placed in the outside drop located to the left of the front entrance. For more information call (610) 499-4067.
Alumni must present current picture ID along with Widener University alumni card for admittance. Alumni are also asked to sign the Visitors’ Log book.
Retired and emeritus faculty must present a university ID.
Chester community borrowers must sign Visitors’ Log book upon entrance to the Library and present current photo ID along with unexpired Wolfgram Memorial Library Community Borrower’s card to Circulation Staff member.
Students from local high schools and other colleges must present letter of introduction from their school along with current ID. High school students must also sign the Visitor's log book upon entrance.
Widener Faculty, Staff, and Students
Current Widener faculty, administration, staff, and registered students may borrow library materials from the circulation stacks of the library. Patrons from all Widener campuses are required to have a current Widener University identification card.
Widener alumni must obtain a card issued by the Alumni Office. Once you get the card from the Alumni Engagement Office, come to the Wolfgram Memorial Library to get the barcode number. The card allows you to borrow books, with a ten book maximum. Alumni are also welcome to use the library's databases while visiting the library.
Retired and emeritus faculty of the Pennsylvania and Law campuses may use the library upon presentation of appropriate ID. Off-Campus access to databases and to Interlibrary Loan services is not available.
Local High School and College Students
Local area high school and college students must present a letter on official stationary from their librarian or senior administrator. The letter must contain a responsibility clause in order for visitor's borrowing privileges to be extended and be presented along with a current photo I.D. The letter will be kept in a file at the Circulation desk. Cards are valid only for the length of time indicated in the letter but no longer than the end of the current semester.
Chester Community Borrowers
Chester Community visitors are granted borrowing privileges in conjunction with library admission upon completion of application form and submission of the required information indicated on the Wolfgram Memorial Library Regulations for Community Borrowers form.
Please Note: The Wolfgram Memorial Library is unable to mail books to patrons.
|Faculty, Administrators, and Staff||One semester|
|Graduate and Doctoral students||42 days or end of semester,
whichever is sooner
|Undergraduates, alumni, retired/emeritus and all others||28 days or end of semester,
whichever is sooner
|Project Prepare students||14 days|
Call Multimedia and Classroom Support at 610-499-4090 for information on audiovisual materials.
Books may be renewed one time, whether in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. Online renewal is available from the My Library Account feature of WebPAC the library catalog. However, you will be unable to use this function if the items you are attempting to renew are overdue. You may also be unable to renew if you have outstanding charges on your account.
Books on which there is a hold for another patron may not be renewed.
Overdue charges are $.50 per day per book. If not paid in a timely manner, fines will be forwarded to the Bursar's office and applied to your university account. All borrowers except faculty, staff and administrators are subject to overdue fines on circulating books. Staff members are obliged to pay fines on Reserve items and Interlibrary Loan materials.
Lost books are assessed at $75.00 which includes a non-refundable processing fee of $20.00. If books are not returned within 30 days after being invoiced, replacement charges may be forwarded to the Bursar's office. Personal copies are not accepted as replacement for lost books.
Overdue reserve items, interlibrary loan items, and recalled items are charged a fine of $1.00 per day per item beyond the due date. Late return of study room key bears a fine of $1.00 per hour.
Overdue notices are sent out one week after the due date. Please note that failure to receive such a notice does not relieve the borrower of responsibility for the return of library materials or for payment of any accumulated charges.
Holds and Recalls
Faculty, staff, administrators, and students may request that a hold be placed in the patron's name for a book that is in circulation. The patron will be notified when the book is returned. The library will hold the book for a maximum of 10 days.
A book in circulation may be recalled at any time to be placed on reserve by a faculty member for a current course. A book in circulation may be recalled, after an initial 14-day loan period, by a patron who has need of the item.
Eligible Wolfgram patrons (faculty, staff, administration, joint programs and doctoral students) may obtain materials owned at our Delaware and Harrisburg campus libraries by using the REQUEST button in our catalog.
On-Site Borrowing of Materials from Other Libraries
Wolfgram Memorial Library belongs to:
1) TCLC- The Tri-State College Library Cooperative: a group of 45 participating academic libraries that share many services. The staff at the Circulation Desk can provide students, faculty, administrators, and staff with letters of introduction to TCLC libraries which extend courtesy privileges.
2) PALCI – The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. consists of over 70 private and public academic libraries throughout the state. Many PALCI libraries participate in reciprocal direct borrowing for faculty. Circulation staff can provide faculty members with an access form.
3) LYRASIS (formerly PALINET) - This legacy PALINET member program allows the patrons of participating academic
libraries to go in person to one or more participating libraries to borrow materials
not available at the patron's home (borrowing) institution. The borrowing institution
issues the Reciprocal Usage Form and ensures that the patron has an appropriate photo
ID so that the patron may borrow materials from other institutions participating in
Photocopiers are located on the main level of the library. All photocopiers are equipped to use Student ID flex-dollars as well as copy cards at a cost of $.08 per copy.
Copy cards may be purchased at a cost of $1.00. Cards are reusable.
Change is only available at the Circulation Desk Monday - Friday, 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Microfilm and microfiche reader/printers are located on the lower and main levels of the library. There is no cost for printing from these machines.
Lockers are located on the main level of the library. Keys may be checked out by current commuter students for a semester after signing a locker contract.
Keys for study room use may be checked out by current students from the Circulation Desk for a 3 hour time period. Study room usage is limited to one key checkout per day per patron.
A beverage and snack machine are located in the Drost Room on the 3rd floor of the library.
A fax machine is located at the Circulation Desk. Cost is $.25 per page for all pages sent or received, including the cover sheet and confirmation. This service is CASH ONLY. Exact change is necessary after 4:30 pm and on weekends.
A color printer is available at the Circulation Desk. Cost is $.50 per page. This is a CASH ONLY service. Exact change is necessary after 4:30 pm and on weekends.
A scanner for patron use can be found at the Circulation Desk.
|Library hours (recording)||610-499-4066|
|Head of Public Services||610-499-4069|
|Other circulation staff||610-499-4561|