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Entrance | Borrowing Policies | Loan Periods | Renewals | Fines | Holds and Recalls | Borrowing from Other Widener Libraries | On-Site Borrowing of Materials From Other Libraries | Other Services | Department Directory | View Your Patron Record

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.


Widener ID is required for entrance by current faculty, administrators, staff and students, alumni and both retired and emeritus faculty.


Chester community visitors must present current photo ID along with current Wolfgram Memorial Library Chester Community Visitor’s card to a Circulation Staff member upon entrance.

Borrowing Policies

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

Widener alumni should obtain a Widener University ID from the Campus1Card Office in the Enrollment Services Center in Lipka Hall; Lipka Hall hours of operation: 610-499-4161 /  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/Emeritus Faculty
Retired and Emeritus Faculty on the Main campus may use the library and its resources. Contact the Circulation Supervisor during business hours, 610-499-4068, to be added to our system.

Library privileges include:

  • Borrowing books, DVDs, and CDs
  • Accessing ebooks
  • Using interlibrary loan: articles and books. Books must be picked up at the library. They will not be mailed.
  • Accessing databases, both on and off campus.


Local College Students
Local area 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 student ID or 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.  See for more information.

Chester Community Visitors
Chester Community visitors are granted borrowing privileges in conjunction with library admission upon completion of the Application for Chester Community Visitor and Computer Use Privileges. A current PA Driver’s License or PA Photo ID with date of birth, along with an original current bill for proof of residency with name and Chester address that matches that on the ID must be presented with application. See for more information.

Please Note: The Wolfgram Memorial Library is unable to mail books to patrons.

Loan Periods

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








Audiovisual items circulate for a 7 day period to Widener faculty, staff and students.


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.

On-Site Borrowing of Materials from Other Libraries

Wolfgram Memorial Library belongs to the following consortia.  The staff of the Circulation Desk can provide students, faculty, administrators, and staff with letters of introductions to participating libraries which extend courtesy privileges.
1) TCLC- The Tri-State College Library Cooperative: a group of 45 local participating academic libraries that share many services.

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 borrowing.

Other Services
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
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 AM to 4:30 PM
Microfilm and microfiche reader/printers are located on the main level 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.
Study Rooms
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.
Vending Machines
Both a beverage and snack machine are located in the Drost Room on the 3rd floor of the library.
Fax Machine
A fax machine is located at the Circulation Desk. Cost is $.25 per page for all pages sent or received, excluding the cover sheet and confirmation. This service is CASH ONLY. Exact change is necessary after 4:30 PM and on weekends. Service is only available when a Circulation staff member is on duty.
Color Printer
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.
Both a flatbed and a feed scanner for patron use can be found at the Circulation Desk.

Earbuds can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $1.00. This is a CASH ONLY service. Exact change is necessary after 4:30 PM and on weekends.

Phone Charging Cords and Adapters

Three pronged charging cords with apple, android, and mini USB connections, along with adapters, are available for checkout from the Circulation Desk.

Department Directory

Library hours (recording) 610-499-4066
Circulation desk 610-499-4067
Manager of User and Access Services 610-499-4068
Reserve Assistant 610-499-4071
Other circulation staff 610-499-4561