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COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) Updates for Waidner-Spahr Library: Home

Changes to Waidner-Spahr Library services in response to the COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) will be posted here.

Updated 5/18/2020 - Please check back for updates.

Library Resource & Services Updates

This guide provides the latest available information about Waidner-Spahr Library operations - including Archives & Special Collections - that may be impacted by the COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) situation.

Building Access & Continuing Services
The library building is closed until further notice. Library staff are working exclusively by remote access.  Remote services to students and staff are available during the building closure.

Borrowing physical materials has been suspended until further notice, however digital copies of some print books owned by the Waidner-Spahr Library are available to current faculty, students, and staff only via the Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service. Librarians are available virtually ( to help you find alternative materials in Dickinson's electronic collections.. Library staff will make every attempt to respond to questions as quickly as possible.  Priority for services is support of online courses.  Other services may be available as staff capacity permits.

If you would like to return items to the library, you can deposit them in the book drop to the left of the main entrance.

Graduating Seniors: Information about returning items checked out to you has been sent to your email.  If you have materials checked out and have not received an email, please contact us at

Also search our existing FAQ on the "Ask A Librarian" page - that may answer many questions not addressed in our COVID 19 guide. 

Research Assistance

Librarians will monitor their email accounts and the library's general reference email

Our Ask A Librarian Service may meet many of your needs.  It allows you to:

  • Search our database of Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Determine who is the library liaison for your department, major, or course.
  • Contact your library liaison.
  • Submit non-urgent research questions.
  • Initiate a chat with a librarian during reference hours.

If  your research question requires extended conversation, your librarian may be able to call or video chat with you.

Dickinson College Information

For Dickinson College information see the Dickinson College COVID-19 Dashboard.

Dickinson Emergency Technology page, including technology for working, teaching and learning remotely.