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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 11/20/2020

Library services have been modified to support online classes during the Fall 2020 semester.  Service hours are Monday - Friday during business hours. Remote services are available, although the building is closed. Remote services will not occur during the Thanksgiving break (Wed. Nov. 25 - Fri. Nov. 27).  Following Thanksgiving, services will continue through Fri. Dec. 11, 2020 and then resume Jan. 4, 2021. This three week closure aligns with the College closure between fall and spring terms.

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

Library services are subject to change in the Spring 2021 semester, depending on the circumstances of the term.  This guide will be updated as information becomes available.

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. 

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.

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

Contact Free Pick-Up

Dickinson faculty, staff and students approved to be on campus during the fall 2020 semester may place requests contact-free pickup of many of the print books and DVDs from the Waidner-Spahr Library.

Reference books and books digitized 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:

Requested items will be checked out to you and you will receive an email when they are available for pick up. Available pick up times are Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 off High Street. Please maintain social distancing requirement when picking up your items.

Questions? Email

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.