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Visitor Policy

The Library is intended for the use of Widener University 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 use the call box at the front door for entrance, show proper identification upon each entrance, and sign in and out using our Guest Register at the Reserve desk.  

Visitors with special needs, please call 610-499-4068 or 610-499-4069 to make arrangements for your visit.
Students, Faculty, Staff from Other Colleges/Universities

  • Students/faculty/staff from other colleges must present a letter of introduction from their school along with school ID.  Standard letters from consortia libraries are acceptable. 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 one renewal.
  • Students/faculty/staff from other colleges 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 Visitor's Card, you must be a Chester resident and provide a completed Application for Chester Community Visitor and Computer Use Privileges, a current PA Driver’s License or PA Photo ID with date of birth, and must provide one of the following proofs of residency with name and Chester address that matches that on the ID (originals):

-- Current (dated within the last 60 days) utility bill (water, gas, or electric)

-- Current (dated within the last 60 days) rent or mortgage receipt
-- Current (dated within the last 60 days) bill or invoice

Current documentation must be presented annually to renew privileges.

Not allowed as proof of residency:

-- Temporary housing receipts like motels, boarding houses, etc.
-- Shelter residence
-- Church membership
-- Post Office boxes

  • Requests for a Community Visitor’s card must be made during normal business hours (9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday).
  • Registered Chester Community Visitors are permitted to borrow two books at one time for 28 days, with one renewal.  Failure to return books or pay overdue fines will result in loss of Community Visitor privileges, as acknowledged by patron’s signing of the Application.
  • Upon expiration of card, current documentation must be presented to renew privileges. 
  • For use of computers, community visitors must be logged on by a Reference Desk staff member.
  • For more information see: Conditions and Restrictions for all Visitors

Community Visitors (Under 18)

  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a parent/guardian with a Community Visitor's card.
  • Other Available Resources for residents under 18:
  • The Delaware County Library System

Conditions and Restrictions 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. 
  • Interlibrary Loan is not available for visitors.
  • 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 – 8:00 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.)
  • Visitors should see Reference Desk staff member for guest wireless access instructions.
  • Use of the study rooms by visitors is not permitted.
  • All visitors must comply with the Wolfgram Library's Standards of Conduct.


  • 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: 11/14/2017