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 reference files and other library material and facilities within the library building 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.

Entrance and Registration

  • All visitors must show proper identification upon each entrance, and must sign in and out using our Guest Register at the Reserve desk.
  • Chester Community Visitors must complete an Application for Community Borrowing Privileges form and submit the required information indicated on the Wolfgram Memorial Library Regulations for Community Borrowers form. Community visitors may be requested to provide verification of age.
  • Students/faculty from other colleges must present a letter of introduction from their school along with current picture ID, preferably from their school. Letter of introduction is retained at the Circulation Desk and is only valid for current semester.
  • School Students (Grades 9-12) and home-schooled students must bring with them a signed and dated letter of introduction from their 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.

Borrowing Privileges

  • Chester Community visitors are granted borrowing privileges in conjunction with library admission upon completion of application form and presentation of required documentation.
  • Students and faculty from other colleges must present a letter of introduction indicating that the student’s school or college will accept full responsibility for recovering overdue books and reimbursing for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Standard letters from consortia libraries are acceptable.
  • Students (including high school and other college) must submit letters from the librarian or senior administrator of their institution on official school letterhead. The letter must state specifically the subject area in which the student is doing research, the length of time the project is expected to take, and that the student’s school or college will accept full responsibility for recovering overdue books and reimbursing for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Borrowing privileges will automatically cease at the end of the project term or the end of the semester, whichever is sooner.

Restrictions and Conditions

  • Use of the library and the granting of borrowing privileges to those eligible is not automatic. Each visitor wishing to apply for borrowing privileges must complete an application form.
  • All visitors are expected to provide verification of identity, age and/or 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.
  • Two books may be borrowed at one time with no renewals.
  • 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.
  • Use of the library's computers is not permitted.
  • The staff of the library will be happy to provide the visitor with assistance in the use of the library, but it should be remembered that priority must be given to Widener students and faculty.
  • Admission to the library is restricted during the following times:

    -- Before 8:00 AM Monday through Friday
    -- After 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday
    -- After 8:00 PM on Sundays

  • Classes/ group visits must be arranged in advance.
  • Access to the library is not guaranteed at times when the University or the Library limits admission to Widener students, faculty, and staff.

Security

  • 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.