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COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) Updates for Waidner-Spahr Library: Home

Changes to Waidner-Spahr Library services in response to the COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) will be posted here.

Updated 7/2/2020

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.

Library Resource & Services 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:

  1. Sign-in to JumpStart with your Gateway credentials.
  2. Select the item you want.
  3. Click on “Request Pick Up” from the Get Print/Physical Copy option. 
  4. Click on ”Send Request” to finalize process.

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

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 ( 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

Also search our existing FAQ on the "Ask A Librarian" page - that may answer many questions not addressed in our COVID 19 guide. 

Access to Library Materials

Accessing Books and Other Physical Materials

 Please note:

  • Over 180,000 books from the library's collection are available online through the HathiTrust temporary emergency access agreement.  For more information, see:
  • Contact the Archives team to make arrangements for accessing Archives & Special Collections materials remotely:
  • Print materials cannot yet be acquired through interlibrary loan services (PACLI and EZBorrow) because many libraries throughout the state, country, and world remain closed.

Research Assistance

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:

  • Search our database of Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Determine who is the library liaison for your department, major, or course.
  • Contact your library liaison.
  • Submit non-urgent research questions.
  • Initiate a chat with a librarian during reference hours.

If  your research question requires extended conversation, your librarian may be able to call or video chat with you.

Dickinson College Information

For Dickinson College information see the Dickinson College COVID-19 Dashboard.

Dickinson Emergency Technology page, including technology for working, teaching and learning remotely.