Information for Visitors

Building access

The Wesleyan Libraries are open to all users for research and for access to the US federal government depository collection.

Access to Olin Library requires Wesleyan ID card-swipe after 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday and after 6 p.m. Friday - Sunday. Visitors may contact Wesleyan Public Safety for access to Olin Library during card-swipe hours.

Teachers bringing a group of students to Wesleyan for special research assignments should contact the library administrative office at least a week prior to determine whether the group can be accommodated.

Internet access and library online materials

Guest wifi and guest access to library computers is available to visitors. 

Visitors may access online library materials from our library computers. Visitors do not have access to online library materials from off-campus. To use library computers, ask at the Research Services Desk for a guest login.

One workstation is available with no login required that provides access to Wesleyan websites and government websites only. This workstation is in Olin's Campbell Reading Room. Ask for assistance at the Research Services Desk.

Library card

To apply for a library card visit the Olin Library Circulation Office (Room 115) Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional hours are Sunday noon - 5 p.m. during the academic semester. Cards must be renewed each year.

Visitor and alumni library cards permit borrowing of Wesleyan's circulating materials, but do not permit borrowing from other libraries through interlibrary loan or CTW.

Eligible for Wesleyan library cards for free

  • Wesleyan alumni
  • Spouses and domestic partners of Wesleyan faculty
  • Middlesex Community College faculty
  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary faculty and students
  • Local teachers and clergy
  • Connecticut College and Trinity College students, faculty, and staff may use their own college's ID to borrow from Wesleyan

Eligible for Wesleyan library cards for $35/year

  • Residents of Middletown, Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, Higganum, Middlefield and Portland, CT (high school students require a letter of introduction from their school librarian)

Eligible for Wesleyan library cards for $70/year

  • Residents of any Connecticut town not specified above (high school students require a letter of introduction from their school librarian)

Other Researchers

Members of other colleges and universities should request materials through their own institution's interlibrary loan department. Faculty and students in the Middletown area doing extended research please contact EunJoo Lee to request a library card.


Some of our services are available only to current Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff.

Alumni, visitors, and others that hold guest library cards do not have access to:

  • interlibrary loan (ILL)
  • CTW borrowing
  • course reserve materials
  • many of our online databases
  • off-campus access to library resources

Reference services for non-Wesleyan users are available on a limited basis.