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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.

Library Services Updates: Academic Year 2020 - 2021: General Information

AY2020-21 modifications to Waidner-Spahr Library services will be posted here.

Waidner-Spahr Library General Information

Updated 4/27/2021


Spring 2021 (through Friday, May 14)

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.


Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 16, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Monday, May 17, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • Access available to current students, faculty and staff. Use main entrance on High St.; current Dickinson ID card required.
  • Lower level of the library and lower entrance are 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
  • View current occupancy from monitor inside the entrance, or online here:
  • Everyone in the building is expected to practice social distancing, adhere to mask requirement and follow signs throughout the building.  Library seating is reduced to one person per worktable; furniture is arranged to support social distancing.
  • Library study rooms are 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 is from the inside lobby area.  To request pick outside the doors email


See details below, as well as the tabs above for specifics on current services available for students, faculty and staff, and alumni and visitors.

Books & Archival Materials

  • Hundreds of thousands of e-books are available for student, faculty, and staff use.  Login to JumpStart (from the Gateway or the Library homepage) to search the library catalog and link to full-text. 
  • Over 180,000 books from the library's print collection are available online through the HathiTrust temporary emergency access agreement.  Links to the available online versions are visible in JumpStart after logging in.  See our HathiTrust guide for more information.
  • Contact the Archives team ( to make arrangements for accessing Archives & Special Collections materials remotely. 

Selected Open Access Journal & Book Collections

These collections are always freely available online without a paywall.  Additional open access collections are indicated on our Databases page with an open padlock icon Open Access Logo.

Dickinson College Information

Dickinson College Spring 2021 Dashboard and FAQs - Official source of information for Spring 2021 semester.

Technology Resources for Working, Teaching, and Learning Remotely - from Dickinson Information Services.

E-Journals, News Sources, Databases

E-journals, databases, online news sources are still available online with your Dickinson login. 

Returning Physical Materials to the Library

Return print books, DVDs, interlibrary loan items, and other non-equipment items by placing them in the book drop to the left of the main library entrance on High Street. To return equipment, please email

If you do not live locally and you want to return your checkouts, you can return items by mail to:
Dickinson College Library  
28 N. College St.
Carlisle, PA 17013
Attention: Circulation Desk

Public Library Services

Anyone living in Carlisle or Cumberland County, PA (on or off campus) has access to the rich resources of the public Cumberland County Library system including print, electronic and audio books, streaming films and DVDs.   Bosler Memorial Library is the location on High Street adjacent to the Dickinson campus.  See the Cumberland County Library System website to obtain a library card.

Contact Free Pick-Up

Dickinson faculty, staff and students approved to be on campus may place requests contact-free pickup of many of the print books and DVDs from the Waidner-Spahr Library. Reference books and books available online as part of the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service are NOT eligible for borrowing. See the HathiTrust guide for more information. 

Placing a Request:

Requests can be placed through JumpStart. Please limit the number of requested items per day to 5.


  • Sign in to JumpStart with your Gateway credentials.
    Sign In to JumpStart
  • Find the item you want and open the JumpStart record.
  • Click “Request Pick Up” from the Get Print/Physical Copy option.


  • Click ”Send Request” to finalize process.
Contact-Free Pickup:

Pickup times are during hours the library building is open.   Items will be in a bag labeled with your name and placed on shelving inside  the library’s main entrance off High Street. To request pick outside the Library’s doors email  Please maintain social distancing requirement when picking up your items. 

Questions? Email