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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: Additional Student Services

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

Online Access to Library Sources

Use links from the library website and always log in for full access. Your locally saved bookmarks may not work.

Most online library resources including e-books, e-journals, databases, and streamed films can be access from on or off-campus by logging in using your Dickinson username and password.

Research Assistance

Ask a Librarian:

Librarians monitor their email accounts and the library's general reference email Monday through Friday.  Our Ask A Librarian Service may meet many of your needs.  It allows you to:

  • Determine who is the library liaison for a particular academic department or major.
  • Contact your library liaison.
  • Submit non-urgent research questions.

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

First Year Students:

Every First Year Seminar is assigned a liaison librarian to help you develop library research skills and become oriented to College library services and resources.  Most FY Seminar professors will list the librarian on their syllabus or Moodle site.  Your FY seminar librarian is not the only person who can help you with research questions. 

You may also contact any of the librarians or use our general reference email and a librarian will get in touch with you as soon as possible. 

Contact Free Pick-up Service for Students Living On Campus

Students who have been approved to live on campus may place requests for contact-free pickup of many of the print books and DVDs from the Waidner-Spahr Library.  

Placing a Request:

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

Reference books and books digitized as part of the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service are NOT eligible for borrowing.  See our HathiTrust guide for more information.

Contact-Free Pickup:

Requested items will be checked out to you and you will receive an email when they are available for pick up during library building hours. 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

Borrow From Other Libraries Service

Requesting an Article or Book Chapter:

If an article or book chapter you need is not available online through Dickinson's library, you may request a copy through the ILLiad service. The item will be delivered to you electronically.   Please keep in mind that request delivery times will be affected by service and staffing limitations at other libraries. 

Requesting Print Books:

Most student requests for book loans from other libraries have been suspended.  Exceptions may be made for those in 400-level seminars, engaging in independent study, or working on honors projects after first having a consultation with a reference librarian to find alternative sources. You may contact the librarians through our general reference email.

Creating an ILLiad Account:

First time users of ILLiad will need to register and create a username and password, which is separate from your campus network login   More information about ILLiad is available on the Borrow From Other Libraries guide.