Pending administrative decisions about standards for the campus, the library building remains closed. Many library services continue to be offered remotely. Check here for 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.
Access to the Current Library Collection
Beginning July 6, the library will offer Contact-Free Pick-Up Service for faculty until the library building reopens. Requests can be placed online through JumpStart. Please limit the number of requested items per day to 5.
To place a request:
Requested items will be pulled from the collection and be checked out to you. You will receive an email when your items are available for pick-up. Available pick-up times are Monday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Items will be in a bag labeled with your name and placed on shelving inside the vestibule of the library’s main entrance. Please maintain social distancing requirement when picking up your items. Questions regarding this service can be directed to email email@example.com.
Please note that digital copies of 183,000 print books owned by the Waidner-Spahr Library are available electronically to current faculty, students, and staff via the Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service. The print books in the library’s collection that match Emergency Temporary Access titles will not be eligible for circulation.
Librarians are available virtually (https://dickinson.libanswers.com/) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also search our existing FAQ on the "Ask A Librarian" page - that may answer many questions not addressed in our COVID 19 guide.
Accessing Books and Other Physical Materials
Librarians 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:
If your research question requires extended conversation, your librarian may be able to call or video chat with you.