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
- 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.
High School Students
- School Students (Grades 9-12) and home-schooled students must bring with them original Letter of Introduction signed and dated by their teacher, school librarian, or senior administrator on school letterhead. The letter must state specifically the subject area in which the student is doing research and the length of time the project is expected to take. The letter will request permission to use the Library and will be retained at the Circulation Desk. Student ID must also be presented.
- If High School students furnish a Letter of Introduction with a responsibility clause from their High School, in which student’s school or college will accept full responsibility for recovering overdue books and reimbursing for lost, stolen, or damaged items, they are eligible to borrow 2 books at a time, for the period of time noted on letter, or a maximum of 28 days, with no renewal.
- High School student must present a current Wolfgram Memorial Visitors card to Reference Librarian if computer access is requested.
- A sample letter, which can be cut and pasted onto your school's letterhead and then customized, can be found here.
Chester Community Visitors
- Chester Community Visitors 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.
- Use of the library's computers is not permitted.
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 verification of identity, age, and address.
- 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: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 12 noon – 7:00 pm
- Classes/ group visits must be arranged in advance.
- Access to the Library is not guaranteed 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.