Library Services, Policies & Procedures

Visiting & Borrowing Resources from the Wolfgram Library

The Wolfgram Memorial Library is open to Widener students, faculty, staff and alumni. We also welcome local college faculty, staff and students, as well as residents of the Chester community. The library is a white, triangular shaped building located on Walnut Street, between 15th and 16th Streets. 

All Widener students, faculty and staff need a Widener ID or Library Research card to enter the Library and to borrow Library materials. 

Borrowing 

  • Your Widener ID card allows you to borrow books and audiovisual items as noted below. 
  • Loan periods and number of items permitted to be borrowed vary by borrower and the type of material. 
  • Reference books, journals and microfilm are restricted to in-house use only, and may not be checked out. 

Loan Periods

Books - Circulating Collection

 

  • Graduate, Doctoral, DE & HB Law -- 42 days or end of semester, whichever is sooner
  • Undergraduate, OLLI -- 28 days or end of semester, whichever is sooner
Books - McNaughton Collection 28 days
DVDs, CDs 7 days
Reserves Determined by Professor
Study Room Keys 3 hours per day

 

Maximum # of Items Out  
Graduate, Doctoral 100 items
Undergraduate, OLLI 50 items
DE & HB Law 30 items
  • To review due dates of items checked out, go to the Library Catalog (WebPAC), select My Library Account and then login with Widener credentials. 
  • Staff members at the Circulation Desk can provide current students with letters of introductions to participating libraries which extend courtesy privileges. If interested in visiting a consortial library, stop by the Circulation Desk to inquire. For more information, see Help Finding Resources/ On-Site Borrowing of Materials from Other Colleges.

Renewals

  • Books may be renewed one time in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. Online renewal is available from the My Library Account feature of the Library Catalog (WebPAC)
  • You cannot renew overdue items nor can you renew items if there are outstanding charges on your account, but you can call or stop by the Circulation Desk to request renewal, if not previously renewed. Also, books on which there is a hold for another patron may not be renewed. 

Fines

Circulating Materials $.50 per day
3 hour and Library Use Only Reserve Items $1.00 per day per hour 
1-day, 3-day, 7-day Reserve Items  $1.00 per day 
Study Room Key  $1.00 per hour 
Locker Keys $1.00 per day
Replacement for Lost, Damaged, or Not Returned Items $75.00 w/ non-refundable $20.00 processing fee 
Replacement for Lost Locker Key $25.00

 

  • If not paid in a timely manner, fines will be forwarded to the Bursar's office and applied to your university account.  
  • To review outstanding fines, go to the Library Catalog (WebPAC), select My Library Account, and then login with Widener credentials. 
  • Books which are over 3 weeks past due are automatically assessed a replacement cost, which will be eliminated when, or if, books are returned, with accrued fine only remaining as a charge. 
  • If lost books are not returned within 30 days after the due date, replacement charges may be forwarded to the Bursar's office.  
  • Personal copies are not accepted as replacement for lost books. 
  • Overdue notices are sent out one week after the due date to Widener email address. Please note that failure to receive such a notice does not relieve the borrower of responsibility for the return of library materials or for payment of any accumulated charges.  

Holds & Recalls

  • If a book is currently checked out, students can stop by the Circulation Desk or call 610-499-4067 to request that a hold be placed on that book. The patron will be notified via Widener email when the book is returned. The library will hold the book for a maximum of 10 days. If the item is on Reserve, it will be held for 15 minutes. 
  • Books that have multiple hold requests on them will be checked out for only a 14-day period until all requests have been filled. 
  • A book may be recalled for Reserve use if requested by a faculty member for a current semester course. 

Course Reserves

  • 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. Most reserve items are for in-house use only. 
  • To search for Reserve information for a course, go to the Library Catalog (WebPAC), select Reserves, and search by Course or Professor. 

Interlibrary Loan/Resource Sharing

Borrow materials from other institutions using Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). Review the ILL information in the Finding Resources section for more information. 

Computer Access & Printing

  • The Library has computers on all four floors for student use. 
  • WiFi is available for all mobile devices and laptops.
  • See Printing & Other Resources for more printing information. 

Off-Campus Access to the Databases

To access the databases from off-campus, you must either use your Widener login ID credentials  and password OR use your name and the barcode number on the back of your Widener ID to login. 

As an online/distance education student or faculty member, many resources are available to you from off campus. For more information on library resources, review the Distance Education Subject Guide.

Off-Campus Access to Databases

  • To access the databases from off-campus, you must either use your Widener login ID credentials  and password OR use your name and the barcode number on the back of your Widener ID to login. 
  • If you do not have a Widener ID, are enrolled in an online class, and have not been sent a Library Research Card, you should request a Library Research card from the Campus1card Office. See our Distance Education Subject Guide for directions.

Interlibrary Loan/Resource Sharing

  • Borrow materials from other institutions using Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). Review the ILL information in the Finding Resources section for more information.
  • Books requested through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, will be mailed directly to you. Renewal of these items would be through your ILLiad account, although if overdue, you would need to contact the Interlibrary Loan department directly for assistance at 610-499-4070 or wolfill@widener.edu

Borrowing

  • We presently do not mail books from our collection, but we have an extensive e-book collection. Check out our eBook Tutorials guide to familiarize yourself with our e-resources.
  • If you should come to campus, a Library Research Card or Widener ID is required for borrowing (as well as entrance to the Library). Visit the Campus1Card Office webpage for more information.
  • See the on-campus student or faculty sections for more on campus borrowing, fines, renewals and holds information.

Borrowing

  • Your Widener ID card allows you to borrow books and audiovisual items as noted below. 
  • Reference books, journals and microfilm are restricted to in-house use only, and may not be checked out, unless authorized by a Librarian. 

Loan Periods

Books - Circulating Collection One semester
Books - McNaughton Collection 28 days
DVDs, CDs 7 days

Renewals

  • Books may be renewed one time, in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. Online renewal is available from the My Library Account feature of the Library Catalog (WebPAC)
  • You cannot renew overdue items and you cannot renew items if there are outstanding charges on your account, but you can call or stop by the Circulation Desk to request renewal if not previously renewed. Also, books that there is a hold for another patron, may not be renewed. 
  • Books that are over 3 weeks past due are automatically assessed a replacement cost, so timely renewal is encouraged.  

Holds & Recalls

  • If a book is currently checked out, faculty and staff can stop by the Circulation Desk or call 610-499-4067 to request that a hold be placed on that book. The patron will be notified via Widener email when the book is returned. The library will hold the book for a maximum of 10 days.
  • Books that have multiple hold requests on them will be checked out for only a 14-day period until all requests have been filled. 
  • A book in circulation may be recalled at any time to be placed on reserve by a faculty member for a current course, with a 14-day lead time to allow the book time to be returned.

Interlibrary Loan/Resource Sharing

Borrow materials from other institutions using Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). Review the ILL information in the Finding Resources section for more information.

Off-campus Access to the Databases

To access the databases from off-campus, you must either use your Widener login ID credentials  and password OR use your name and the barcode number on the back of your Widener ID to login.

Computer Access & Printing

  • The Library has computers on all four floors for student use. 
  • WiFi is available for all mobile devices and laptops.
  • See Printing & Other Resources for more printing information.

To enter the building, Alumni need to obtain a Widener University Alumni ID from the Campus1Card Office which can be found within the Enrollment Services Center in Lipka Hall. Call 610-499-4161 or email: campus1card@widener.edu.  

If getting a new Alumni card, please contact the Manager of User and Access Services during normal business hours, 610-499-4068, to verify that your patron record is up to date to ensure appropriate library alumni services. 

Borrowing

  • Your Widener Alumni ID card allows you to borrow books and audiovisual items as noted below. 
  • Reference books, journals and microfilm are restricted to in-house use only, and may not be checked out.
  • To review due dates of items checked out, go to the Library Catalog (WebPAC), select My Library Account and then login with your name and the barcode on the back of your Widener ID. 

Loan Periods

Books - Circulating Collection 28 days
Books - McNaughton Collection 28 days
DVDs, CDs 7 days
Maximum # of Items Out 10

Renewals

  • Books may be renewed one time, in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. Online renewal is available from the My Library Account feature of the Library Catalog (WebPAC)
  • You cannot renew overdue items and or if there are outstanding charges on your account, but you can call or stop by the Circulation Desk to request renewal if not previously renewed. Also, books on which there is a hold for another patron may not be renewed. 

Fines

Books $.50 per day
CDs, DVDs $.50 per day
Replacement for Lost, Damaged, or Not Returned Items $75 w/non-refundable $20 processing fee
  • Alumni are asked to pay any overdue fines prior to a renewal, or when overdue books are returned. 
  • Books that are over 3 weeks past due are automatically assessed a replacement cost, which will be eliminated when, and if, books are returned, with accrued fine only remaining as a charge. 
  • Personal copies are not accepted as replacement for lost books.  
  • Overdue notices are sent out one week after the due date to email address on record. Please note that failure to receive such a notice does not relieve the borrower of responsibility for the return of library materials or for payment of any accumulated charges.

Holds & Recalls

  •  If a book is currently checked out, alumni can stop by the Circulation Desk or call 610-499-4067 to request that a hold be placed on that book. Notification will be sent to the requester's email address on file once the book is returned. The library will hold the book for a maximum of 10 days.  
  • Books that have multiple hold requests on them will be checked out for only a 14-day period until all requests have been filled. 
  • A book may be recalled for Reserve use if requested by a faculty member for a current semester course. 

Computer Access & Printing

  • Alumni have access to computers in the library. If you no longer have Widener login credentials, a Reference Desk staff member would be happy to offer login assistance.  
  • WiFi is available for mobile devices. For directions, click the Wifi symbol, usually located on the bottom right screen of the laptop, and then click on Widener Guest. For a cell phone, click on settings, then Wifi, then click on Widener Guest. 
  • To print material, you must purchase a copy print card for $1.00, and then add funds onto that card. Money for copying or printing is not able to be loaded onto the alumni card. See the Printing section for more information.

Emeritus and Retired Faculty on the Main campus need a Widener ID to enter the library and to use its resources, including off-campus access to databases and interlibrary loan.  If you no longer have an ID, you should contact the Campus1Card Office at campus1card@widener.edu.  

For off campus access to the databases and for use of Interlibrary Loan, please contact the Manager of User and Access Services during normal business hours, 610-499-4068, to verify that your patron record is up to date.  

Borrowing

  • Your Widener ID card allows you to borrow books and audiovisual items as noted below. 
  • All reference books, journals and microfilm must stay in the library building.  

Loan Period

  Emeritus Faculty Retired Faculty
Books - Circulating Collection Semester 28 days
Books - McNaughton Collection 28 days 28 days
DVDs, CDs 7 days 7 days
Maximum # of items out 50 20

Renewals

  • Books may be renewed one time, in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. Online renewal is available from the My Library Account feature of the Library Catalog (WebPAC)
  • You cannot renew overdue items and you cannot renew items if there are outstanding charges on your account, but you can call or stop by the Circulation Desk to request renewal if not previously renewed. Also, books on which there is a hold for another patron may not be renewed. 
  • Books that are over 3 weeks past due are automatically assessed a replacement cost, so timely renewal is encouraged. 

Holds & Recalls

  • If a book is currently checked out, you can stop by the Circulation Desk or call 610-499-4067 to request that a hold be placed on that book. The patron will be notified via Widener email when the book is returned. The library will hold the book for a maximum of 10 days.
  • Books that have multiple hold requests on them will be checked out for only a 14-day period until all requests have been filled. 

Computer Access & Printing

  • Emeritus/Retired Faculty have access to computers in the library. If you no longer have Widener login credentials, a Reference Desk staff member would be happy to assist you. 
  • WiFi is available for mobile devices. For directions, click the Wifi symbol, usually located on the bottom right screen of the laptop, and then click on Widener Guest. For a cell phone, click on settings, then Wifi, then click on Widener Guest.
  • To print material, you must purchase a copy print card for $1.00, and then add funds onto that card. See the Printing section for more printing information. 

Interlibrary Loan/Resource Sharing

Retired/Emeritus Faculty may use Interlibrary Loan to request articles and books. Books must be picked up at the library. Review the ILL information in the Finding Resources section for more information.

Off-Campus Access to the Databases

To access the databases from off-campus, you must either use your Widener login ID credentials and password OR use your name and the barcode number on the back of your Widener ID to login.

Entrance

  • On every visit to the Library, visitors to the Library must use the call box on the right hand side of the front entrance to request admittance. 
  • A current PA photo ID along with a current Wolfgram Memorial Library Chester Community Visitor’s card must be presented to a Circulation Staff member upon each entrance.  

Chester Community Visitor Card

To apply for a Chester Community Visitor Card, you MUST be a Chester resident and provide the following documentation:  

  1. Completed Application for Chester Community Visitor and Computer Use;
  2. Current PA Driver’s License or PA Photo ID with date of birth;
  3. An original current bill, invoice, or statement (dated within the last 60 days) as proof of residency, with name and Chester address that matches that on the ID. Digital copies with required information are acceptable. The following are NOT acceptable as proof of residency: 
    • Temporary housing receipts like motels, boarding houses, etc. 
    • Shelter residences
    • Church membership 
    • Post Office boxes  

Requests for a Chester Community Visitor card must be made during normal business hours (9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday). The Chester Community Visitor card is good for one year from date of application. Upon expiration of card, current documentation must be presented to renew privileges.

Borrowing

  • Your Chester Community Visitor Card serves as your Library card, which must be presented at the Circulation Desk along with the books you wish to borrow. 
  • To review due dates of items checked out, renew materials, or investigate charges, log into the Library Catalog (WebPAC), select My Library Account, then enter your name and the barcode on the back of your Chester Community. 
  • Registered Chester Community Visitors are permitted to borrow books from our Circulating and McNaughton collections. All reference books, journals and microfilm must stay in the library building.  

Loan Periods

Books - Circulating Collection 28 days
Books - McNaughton Collection 28 days
Maximum # of items out 2 items

Renewals

  • Books may be renewed one time, in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. Online renewal is available from the My Library Account feature of the Library Catalog (WebPAC)
  • You cannot renew overdue items and you cannot renew items if there are outstanding charges on your account, but you can call or stop by the Circulation Desk to request renewal if not previously renewed. Also, books on which there is a hold for another patron may not be renewed. 

Fines

Books - Circulating collection $.50 per day
Books - McNaughton Collection $.50 per day
Replacement cost for lost, damaged or not returned books $75 w/non-refundable $20 processing fee

Computer Access & Printing

  • Computers for visitors are located on the main level of the Library. If computer access is needed, Visitor should request login from a Reference Desk staff member on duty. 
  • Guest WiFi is available for mobile devices. For directions, click the Wifi symbol, usually located on the bottom right screen of the laptop, and then click on Widener Guest. For a cell phone, click on settings, then Wifi, then click on Widener Guest. Visitors should see Reference Desk staff member for assistance, if needed.
  • To print materials, you must purchase a print card for $1.00 and load money to the card using cash only. Stop by the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk for assistance. See the Printing section for more information. 

Conditions & Restrictions

  • Use of the library and the granting of borrowing privileges to those eligible is not automatic. 
  • All Chester Community visitors are expected to provide current PA license or PA photo ID upon request.  
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with a Chester Community Visitor's card at all times.  
  • Guest privileges are not available to Chester Community Visitors. 
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • Access to the Library is not permitted at times designated as “Widener Only” (Ex: Finals week, late night hours, special events, construction, etc.).
  • Use of the study rooms by visitors is not permitted.
  • All visitors must comply with the Wolfgram Library's Standards of Conduct.

Entrance

  • On every visit to the Library, visitors to the Library must use the call box on the right hand side of the front entrance to request admittance. 
  • A current Wolfgram Memorial Library Visitor’s card, along with school ID, must be presented to a Circulation Staff member upon each entrance.  

Visitor Card

As a student or faculty member from another college, you must apply for a Wolfgram Memorial Visitor card. To apply, students/faculty/staff from other colleges must present an original Letter of Introduction, on official stationery from their school, along with school ID, to a Circulation staff member at entrance upon initial visit. Standard letters from consortia libraries are acceptable. The Letter of Introduction is retained at the Circulation Desk and is only valid for the current semester. The staff member will then issue a Wolfgram Memorial Library Visitor Card for current semester use. 

Borrowing

  • To borrow materials, 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.
  • Students only have access to the Library databases while in the library.
  • All reference books, journals and microfilm must stay in the library building.  

Loan Periods

Books - Circulating Collection 28 days
Maximum # of items out 2 items

Renewals

  • Books may be renewed one time, in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. Online renewal is available from the My Library Account feature of the Library Catalog (WebPAC)
  • You cannot renew overdue items and you cannot renew items if there are outstanding charges on your account, but you can call or stop by the Circulation Desk to request renewal if not previously renewed. Also, books on which there is a hold for another patron may not be renewed. 

Fines

Fines per Loan Period $.50 per day
Replacement cost for lost, damaged, or not returned books $75 w/non-refundable $20 processing fee
  • Overdue notices are sent out one week after the due date. Please note that failure to receive such a notice does not relieve the borrower of responsibility for the return of library materials or for payment of any accumulated charges. 
  • Books which are over 3 weeks past due are automatically assessed a replacement cost, which will be eliminated when, and if, books are returned, with accrued fine only remaining as a charge. 
  • Personal copies are not accepted as replacement for lost books.
  • Failure to return books or pay overdue fines will result in charges being passed along to your school. 

Renewals

  • Books may be renewed one time, in person, by phone at 610-499-4067, or online. Online renewal is available from the My Library Account feature of the Library Catalog (WebPAC)
  • You cannot renew overdue items and you cannot renew items if there are outstanding charges on your account, but you can call or stop by the Circulation Desk to request renewal if not previously renewed. Also, books on which there is a hold for another patron may not be renewed. 

Computer Access & Printing

  • Students/faculty/staff from other colleges must present a current Wolfgram Memorial Library Visitor card to a Reference Librarian if computer access is requested. A Reference Desk staff member will log-in user.
  • Guest WiFi is available for mobile devices. For directions, click the Wifi symbol, usually located on the bottom right screen of the laptop, and then click on Widener Guest. For a cell phone, click on settings, then Wifi, then click on Widener Guest. Visitors should see Reference Desk staff member for assistance, if needed.
  • To print materials, you must purchase a print card for $1.00 and load money to the card using cash only. Stop by the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk for assistance. See the Printing section for more information. 

Conditions & Restrictions

  • 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.
  • Guest privileges are not available to Visitors from Other Colleges. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Access to the Library is not permitted at times designated as “Widener Only” (Ex: Finals week, 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.  

Need Help Finding Resources? 

Request research assistance with a Widener librarian or explore resources outside of our collection through InterLibrary Loan and or a partnering library. 

  • To access the databases from off-campus, you must either use your Widener login ID credentials and password OR use your name and the barcode number on the back of your Widener ID to login. 
  • You can also look up your barcode number by logging in to myWidener, then searching for "barcode." If your barcode number is not listed in myWidener, contact the Campus1Card Office at campus1card@widener.edu.
  • If you do not have a Widener ID, are enrolled in an online class and do not have a Widener ID, you should request a Library Research card from the Campus1card Office. See our Distance Education Learners guide for directions. 

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, virtual reference, or in-class information literacy instruction. 

Use the Chat to contact us or contact us via:

Email: ask@widener.libanswers.com 
Text: (610) 624-5423
Call: (610) 499-4073

For Faculty: See below for more information on how to request in-class instruction.

ILL Office Hours 

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.  

ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan)

ILLiad First Time Users

ILLiad InterLibrary Loan Guide

Wolfgram Memorial Library belongs to the following consortia:  

  1. TCLC: The Tri-State College Library Cooperative: a group of local participating academic libraries that share many services.
  2. PALCI: The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. consists of private and public academic libraries throughout the state. Many PALCI libraries participate in reciprocal borrowing.

Staff members at the Circulation Desk can provide current students, faculty, administrators, and staff with letters of introductions to participating libraries which extend courtesy privileges. If interested in visiting a consortial library, stop by the Circulation Desk to inquire. 

Special Library Services for Faculty Members

The Faculty and Staff are pleased to assist and collaborate with all Widener Faculty members. As faculty, you have access to special services to support your teaching and your students. See below for these services. If you have additional questions, please contact your Liaison Librarian. 

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.

INFORMATION LITERACY REQUEST FORM 

Course Reserves 

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 policies below.

RESERVES REQUEST FORM 

Policies

  • Personal copies of books or other materials should be brought to the Reserve Desk for processing. The Library will take all normal precautions for the safety of personal items but cannot be responsible for abuse or loss of materials by students.
  • Faculty must fill out the Library Reserves Request Form and submit electronically. Please allow 1 week for processing. (May be longer at the start of the semester.)
  • Faculty needing assistance for inclusion of a permalink to a specific journal article into their Canvas Courses should seek the assistance of their liaison librarian. For further guidance on other Canvas issues, contact TLT via Canvas 24/7 Support Hotline (Faculty) at (833)735-0335 or  tltoffice@widener.edu
  • Copyright restrictions apply. Susan Tsiouris (sctsiouris@widener.edu) can assist with determining if material requires copyright permission. Copyrighted material can be used on reserves without permission for one semester only. Permission from the publisher will be required for any subsequent uses of the material.
  • If the library does not own a desired book, you may request a "rush" order to be placed for acquisition. 2-6 weeks may be needed for this process. Please discuss acquisition requests with a departmental liaison librarian.  
  • A book in circulation may be recalled at any time to be placed on reserve by a faculty member for a current course, with a 14-day lead time to allow the book to be returned. 
  • Items that cannot be placed on Reserve:
    • Photocopies which do not meet "fair-use" guidelines
    • Articles from the Harvard Business Review
    • Interlibrary Loan Books and Videos / Materials from other libraries
    • Rental Materials
    • Reference Books (except with Reference Department approval)
    • Bound or current periodical (except by approval of Liaison Librarian)
  • All materials will be removed from reserve at the end of each semester; Library-owned items will be returned to the stacks, and items owned by faculty will be returned to the faculty member. Renewal for the following semester must be requested prior to the end of the course. 
  • Please direct any Reserves questions to Denise DeRosa, (610) 499-4071 or dederosa@widener.edu).  

Our liaison librarians are pleased to work directly with their faculty by providing the top scholarship to our students and other users.

Faculty may request books, ebooks, and audiovisual materials to be added to the library’s collection for general or classroom use. If you wish to have items added to the collection, please contact your liaison librarian for additional information. Note that not all materials requested may be successfully added to the collection. 

Liaison Librarians

Printing & Other Services

Students, faculty and staff have access to several printing options, as well as services in the library, such as copiers, phone chargers, and more. View the information below for more details. 

  • The Library has 4 print stations for black and white printing 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. 
  • The color printer is located on the main level of the library, next to the STSC.
Printing Cost
  Single-Sided Double-Sided
Black and white printing $.08 per page $.12 per page
Color printing $.50 per page $.90 per page

All students begin each semester with $32 in "printing dollars" on their Widener ID cards. 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, using cash, at the following locations: 

  • Wolfgram Library (lobby area) 
  • University Center Atrium (main level) 
  • Old Main (lobby area) 

To add money online, students would need to download and use the GET mobile app.

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. 

Other Services

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.
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.
Vending Machines 

Machines for both a beverages and snacks are located in the Drost Room on the 3rd floor of the library. 

 

Additional Library Policies

  • All library patrons are expected to show consideration of others and cooperate with other library users and staff. A reasonably quiet environment should be maintained for the benefit of all persons in the library. 
  • Cell phone conversations are discouraged. When necessary, conversations should be brief and in a soft voice. Cell phone users are asked to set the ringer to the lowest possible setting, vibrate, or consider turning it off while in the library. 
  • Snack food and beverages in the Library: 
    • Beverages in containers with lids are allowed throughout the Library.
    • While food is allowed in the Library, patrons are asked to be courteous to others by cleaning up spills and crumbs, and properly disposing of trash after eating.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn.  
  • Widener is a smoke-free campus, therefore smoking is not permitted in the library. 
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the building. 
  • Theft and/or mutilation of library materials and property will be treated as serious offenses and could result in prosecution, as well as charges for processing and replacement. Campus Safety will be called to assist when needed.
  • Neither the library nor the University can accept responsibility for lost or stolen personal belongings.

The Intellectual Property Policy is intended to create an intellectual environment where creative endeavors and innovations can be encouraged, supported and rewarded. View the policy by clicking the link below:

Widener University Intellectual Property Policy 

Selection of Library Material

Selection of Library Material to be added to the collection is based on faculty recommendations, book reviews, and recommended lists in library literature. The basic tool, CHOICE, covering new publications for colleges, is divided into disciplines and distributed to each school and department. 

 Acquisitions Criteria 

  • Usefulness of the publication for ongoing academic programs. 
  • New editions.
  • Quality of author and publisher.
  • Recommendation from qualified reviews. 
  • The library does not purchase required textbooks, multiple copies, or personal copies.  
  • Research material, if its usefulness is limited to highly individual projects, will be made available on Interlibrary Loan from other libraries.  
  • Budget limitations make it necessary at times to establish priorities among book requests within one's department. 

Ordering Materials

Faculty may request books, ebooks, and audiovisual materials to be added to the library’s collection. If you wish to have items added to the collection, please contact your liaison librarian.