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Waidner-Spahr Library

Please see our Library Services Updates: Academic Year 2020 - 2021 website for the most up-to-date information about library services.

Waidner-Spahr News and Events: Home


The library hosts events, exhibits, and art displays throughout the year. These enhance the cultural and academic life of the Dickinson community by illuminating resources and research activity, and promoting scholarship and creative endeavors on campus. Student photography, treasures from the archives, sculptures and artwork: you can find it all here, so don't forget to take a break from your studying to check out the latest.

Missing the Dickinson College Library? Now you can bring a little bit of the library to your Zoom meetings and video conference calls! Enhance your Zoom interactions with library themed backgrounds, now available to download.  All that’s missing is the book smell and sounds of the Biblio Café!

You can check them out here:

 Waidner-Spahr Library Zoom Backgrounds

Monthly Overview - April

 April 2021

Building hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Use the main entrance on High St.; a current DC ID card is required.

  • The lower level of the library and the lower entrance will be closed; items from that area can be requested at the Circulation Desk and will be retrieved by library staff.  

  • To request access to Archives and Special Collections, email

  • Library seating has been reduced to one person per worktable; furniture has been arranged to support social distancing.  

  • Library study rooms will be available for use by only one person at a time on a first come, first served basis.

  • Prearranged contact free pick-up of library materials will be available in the inside lobby area starting Feb. 1.  To request pick outside the doors email

  • Everyone in the building will be expected to practice social distancing, adhere to the mask requirement and follow informational signs displayed throughout the building.  

  • A monitor inside the Library entrance indicates the Library building capacity and the current availability of space for users. Click on this link for current occupancy

Virtual Exhibits and Book Displays
  • Digital Book Exhibit: 60th Anniversary of MLK Visit


  • Poetry Month Book Display

April 1 - 30

  • New Digital Resources

April 1 - 30

  • Featured Book of the Week

Featured Databases

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60th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. King's Visit to Dickinson

Digital Book Exhibit

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to Dickinson

On April 11th, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a sermon on spirituality and social justice entitled, "The Dimensions of a Complete Life" to a standing-room-only audience at Dickinson College. Celebrate this historic anniversary and engage with King's legacy by checking out our MLK Anniversary Digital Book Exhibit. All resources are available online through JumpStart.

Featured Book of the Week

Multi-Faith Week ft. book - Out of Many Faiths

Visit our Standing Together for Justice research guide to find more about this book and other library resources related to social justice.

Book Display Title - April 2021

National Poetry Month 2021

Top 10 New Poetry Finds

Click on a book cover to access it through JumpStart. Interested in more information? Consult with a librarian by emailing

Gallery Book Display - April 2021

Finna: Poems - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record
A Brief History of Fruit: Poems - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record
Owed - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record
Dub: Finding Ceremony  - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record
Ledger - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record
Entering Sappho - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record
Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record
Cover Art
We Inherit What the Fires Left: Poems - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record
For the Ride - Cover Art - link to Jumpstart item record