Library Services Update

Starting June 1st, our stacks will once again open to members of the Wesleyan community. While safety precautions remain in place, we are planning a return to normalcy for many services. Please use this page to stay up to date with current operations, noting that services are subject to change based on campus, state, and other relevant guidelines.

We are excited to be able to provide more in-person services this summer and are already looking forward to the fall.

last updated 5/18/21

Visit the Libraries

The Olin and Science Libraries are currently open to Wesleyan faculty, students, and staff only.  Card swipe is required for entry to Olin. The PAC entrance to Olin is closed for the duration of the PAC construction project. Please observe all campus protocols while in the libraries. 

Olin and Science Library will be open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday beginning June 1st. Visit the library hours page to find hours for specific spaces and services, as well as exceptions to our regular hours. Normal fall semester hours begin on September 6, 2021.

Access to unique collections

Special Collections & Archives, World Music Archives, Archaeology & Anthropology, and CEAS are available by appointment only. Please schedule your visit at least 24 hours in advance.

You can request digital copies of materials from Special Collections & Archives, Archaeology & Anthropology collections, CEAS collections, Music and World Music Archives, or the Visual Resources Collection. Scanning is limited based on staff availability and condition of the material. 

The Davison Art Collection is closed due to the move of the collection from 301 High Street to Olin Library. The Print Reference Library is currently unavailable. However, you can still access over 6,000 digital images of collection objects online

Looking for a place to study?

Single carrels and group study rooms in Olin Library can be reserved through LibCal. Carrels can be used for up to six hours, with a mandatory one-hour buffer period between reservations. Carrels in the Science Library are open and do not need reservations. We ask that students clean carrel surfaces before and after use to protect all who use these spaces. Carrels are deep cleaned by custodial staff daily. 

The Music library reading room, located on the third floor of Olin Library, is also available during regular hours.

We will be returning seats and computers to Olin and Science over the course of the summer.


With the stacks reopened, in-person circulation has returned. Requested items can be picked up in both libraries. The library will continue to scan pages, chapters, or sections for patrons. Requests can be placed in OneSearch.

HathiTrust access

With the reopening of our stacks, Wesleyan volumes that were part of the HathiTrust emergency access program are once again available to check out from the library. 

ILL & CTW borrowing - Request Interlibrary Loan

Physical ILL and CTW materials will be available for contactless pick-up from the Olin pickup shelves. Digital materials will be delivered to you by email. 

Request reserves for the Fall ‘21 semester - Request online reserves 

We are offering physical reserves for the fall, while also supporting digital reserves when appropriate or requested. Faculty should reach out to with questions, or for assistance in determining how best to make course readings available online. 

Yale Library privileges 

We are waiting for Yale to reintroduce this service.

In non-COVID library news . . .

The Jakobson Reading Room is is being transformed. The new book conservation lab, built during the pandemic, will be joined by a new technology-enhanced classroom starting this fall.  More details over the summer.

We are also creating a new periodical browsing and seating area on the west side of Campbell.