Our library offers many services to its users, including InterLibrary Loan, borrowing and renewing books, printing, copying, scanning documents, and putting books on reserve. Read through our Policies and Procedures for more details.
Borrowing and Renewals
As a student, faculty member, staff member, or community member, you have access to our large collection of materials you may check out of the library by bringing the item(s) to the Circulation Desk. To check due dates, fines, or renew books, login into the Library Catalog using your barcode number and navigate to My Library Account.
Note: Books may be renewed one time, in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. To learn more, including late fees, read our Borrowing Policies.
|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
|3-hour loan||In library use only|
|Library use only||Items must be used in library for up to 8 hours|
|1-day loan||Items may be checked out of library and returned next day|
|3-day or 7-day loan||Items may be checked out of library|
Course reserves are items put on reserve by a professor for temporary use usually for a specific current semester course. Such items can then be checked out from the Reserve Desk for the period of time dictated by the professor’s request.
Faculty may place personal or Library materials on reserve for the current semester when a course is taught. Faculty must fill out the Library Reserves Request Form and submit electronically. For more information, please review the Library Policies.
Information Literacy refers to those skills necessary to identify when information is needed, where to find it, how to evaluate it and how to use it.
The Wolfgram Library's Information Literacy Program aims to support and complement the academic mission and goals of Widener University through active learning, hands-on research, and understanding students’ changing needs. Librarians in the Information Literacy program collaborate with teaching faculty to deliver custom-designed instruction on library use and research that builds critical thinking while helping students to search strategically. Because of their flexibility, instruction librarians are able to break complex research problems down across disciplines for students at all levels.
To request and information literacy session for your class, contact your liaison librarian or use our online form.
The Research & Instructional Services department assists students, faculty, and community members with the discovery, evaluation, and use of information. Research assistance can be obtained through interactions at the Reference Desk, one-on-one appointments with Liaison Librarians, or in-class information literacy instruction.
Printing and Other Services
The Library has 4 print stations conveniently located throughout the building.
- 3 on the main level (second floor), in the reference area.
- 1 on the third floor level, near the restrooms.
All students begin each semester with $32 in "printing dollars" on their Widener ID cards, enough to print 400 pages ($.08 for a single page, $.12 for double sided printing). These funds are for use during the current semester and will not roll over to future semesters or years. If a student uses all $32, they can add additional funds to their cards at the following locations:
- Wolfgram Library (lobby area)
- University Center Atrium (main level)
- Old Main (lobby area)
Note: To add money to your card from the above locations, you must use cash. Printing Dollars can only be used with the black and white printers and the photocopiers; you will not be able to use the $32 for color printing. Also, printing double sided will cost the same as one-sided printing.
Alumni, students from other colleges and Chester Community members will need to purchase a print card ($1.00) and add money to the card using cash. Stop by the Circulation Desk or Reference Desk with any questions.
|Change||Change is available at the Circulation Desk Monday-Friday, 9am-4:30pm.|
|Copier||Photocopier is located on the main level of the library and is equipped to use Student ID printing-dollars or flex-dollars, as well as copy cards, at a cost of $.08 per copy.|
|Copy Cards||Copy cards for printing and photocopying can be purchased at a cost of $1.00 and are reusable. Note: You must use cash to add money to the card.|
|Earbuds||Earbuds can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $1.00. Note: You must use cash and exact change is necessary after 4:30pm and on weekends.|
|Fax Machine||The fax machine is located at the Circulation Desk and the cost is $.25 per page for all pages sent or received, excluding the cover sheet and confirmation. Note: You must use cash and exact change is necessary after 4:30pm and on weekends. Service is only available when a Circulation staff member is on duty.|
|Lockers||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. Stop by the Circulation Desk for help.|
|Microform Reader/Printer||Microfilm and microfiche reader/printer is located on the main level of the library. There is no cost for printing from this machine.|
|Phone Charging Cords & Adapters||Three-pronged charging cords with apple, android, and mini USB connections, and the adapters, are available for checkout from the Circulation Desk.|
|Portable Chargers||Charged battery packs, along with three pronged cords for multiple device use, are available for check out from the Circulation Desk.|
|Printing (Black/White)||There are 4 black and white printers located throughout the building. Cost is $.08 for a single page, $.12 for double sided printing per page and you must use either your Widener ID or a Copy Card.|
|Printing (Color)||A color printer is located on the main level of the library and is equipped to use Student ID printing-dollars or flex-dollars, as well as copy cards, at a cost of $.50 for a single page, $.90 for double sided color printing.|
|Scanner||Both a flatbed and a feed scanner for patron use can be found at the Circulation Desk. There is no charge for using the scanners.|
|Study Rooms||Current students may check out a key at the Circulation Desk for one of our 7 study rooms for up to a 3-hour period. Study room usage is limited to one key checkout per day per patron. Virtual Study Rooms are also available 24/7 though Zoom.|
Both a beverage and snack machine are located in the Drost Room on the 3rd floor of the library.
InterLibrary Loan/Resource Sharing
Monday through Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
CLOSED Saturday and Sunday
Have you come across a book, audiovisual material, or article that the library doesn’t have access too, but you need for a class assignment? Good news! We can borrow books, ebooks, audiovisual materials, and articles from other libraries for you using ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan)! Check out the guide below for instructions on creating an account, requesting materials, and more.
Contact Tammy Jackson 610-499-4070 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Distance Education Students
As a Distance Education learner, you have access to many resources for your studies. To access the library databases you will need to login using either your Widener login ID and password OR your barcode number on the back of your ID card.