Visitor Policy

The Library is intended for the use of Widener faculty, students, and staff. We are pleased to permit persons not directly affiliated with the University to use the library’s materials and facilities and to apply for borrowing privileges when warranted by research needs. The following statements outline the privileges which are extended to library visitors and the conditions under which they will be granted. All visitors must show proper identification upon each entrance, and must sign in and out using our Guest Register at the Reserve desk.  

Students and Faculty from Other Colleges/Universities

  • Students/faculty from other colleges must present a letter of introduction from their school along with school ID.  Letter of Introduction is retained at the Circulation Desk and is only valid for current semester. 
  • If wishing to borrow, the Letter of Introduction must indicate that the student’s school or college will accept full responsibility for recovering overdue books and reimbursing for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Borrowing is limited to two books at one time, for a maximum of 28 days, with no renewal. Standard letters from consortia libraries are acceptable. Letter of introduction is retained at the Circulation Desk and is only valid for current semester.  
  • Students and Faculty must present a current Wolfgram Memorial Visitors card to Reference Librarian if computer access is requested.  


Community Visitors (18 and Over)

To Apply for a Community Borrowers Card:

  • You must be a Chester resident and
  • You must complete an Application for Community Borrowing Privileges and submit the required information indicated on the Wolfgram Memorial Library Regulations for Community Borrowers to a library staff member during normal business hours (9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday).
  • Registered Chester Community Borrowers are permitted to borrow two books at one time for 28 days, with no renewal.  Failure to return books or pay overdue fines will result in loss of Community Borrower privileges, as acknowledged by patron’s signing of the Application.
  • Computer and wireless access are not permitted.
  • For more information see: Restrictions and Conditions for all Visitors


Community Visitors (Under 18)

Restrictions and Conditions for all Visitors

  • Use of the library and the granting of borrowing privileges to those eligible is not automatic.  
  • All visitors are expected to provide current photo ID upon request.
  • The library reserves the right to withhold privileges or to withdraw them if they are abused. Failure to return books on time and to pay fines, penalties, or charges due and disruptive behavior, are examples of abuses which will result in withdrawal of library privileges.
  • Borrowing privileges are not valid for audio/visual materials and books in the McNaughton Collection. 
  • Priority use of library equipment and facilities (e.g. copiers, microform readers, printers, etc.) is to be given to Widener Students and faculty. 
  • Visitor use of the library is permitted during the following times:


Monday - Thursday:    9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday             9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Access to the Library is not permitted at times designated as “Widener Only” (for example: exams, late night hours, special events, construction, etc.)



  • Theft and mutilation of library materials are, and will be, treated as serious offenses and could result in prosecution, as well as charges for processing and replacement.  
  • Neither the library nor the University can accept responsibility for lost or stolen personal belongings.  


Updated: 12/3/2015