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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: Additional Student Services

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

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. 

Student requests for book loans from other libraries is suspended for the Fall 2020 semester.

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.