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Waidner-Spahr Library

Please see our Library Services Updates: Fall 2020 website for the most up-to-date information about using library services remotely.

Library Services Updates: Fall 2020: General Information

Changes to Waidner-Spahr Library services in response to the move to online Fall 2020 courses will be posted here.

Waidner-Spahr Library General Information

Updated 8/14/2020

Library services have been modified to support online classes.  Remote services are available, although the building is closed. See details below, as well as the tabs above for 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. 

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.

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

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 Fall 2020 Dashboard - Official source of information for fall 2020 semester.

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