Wesleyan Library Services Fall 2020

Welcome back - we are very happy to see everyone again!  We are committed to supporting teaching, learning, research, and the safety of our communities.  Our top priority is to ensure that as many resources and services as possible are accessible online. We are now offering a request & pickup service for physical materials and enhanced digitization services. In-person services have been adjusted to comply with state and campus guidelines.

for Faculty 

Our librarians and collections managers continue to provide research support and instructions via email, chat, and Zoom. If you are planning on integrating the library and collections into your syllabus, we encourage you to contact your library liaison as soon as possible to allow for adequate planning and preparation time. 

  • Library Liaisons
  • Ask a library-related question via email or chat
  • Yale Library privileges are currently unavailable due to Yale restrictions
  • onsite privileges for Boston Library Consortium member libraries as well as Connecticut and Trinity Colleges are subject to local campus and library restrictions

for Students

You will notice some changes to Olin and Science libraries. In compliance with state and campus guidelines, we have temporarily removed a number of individual study seats and computers, and closed off select group study spaces in both Olin and Science.  Please wear your mask and observe all campus protocols and signage while studying in or visiting the library. Our librarians and collections managers continue to provide research support via email, chat, and Zoom.  

Hours

Both Olin and Science Libraries will reopen for regular semester hours on Monday, September 7. Both libraries are closed to non-Wesleyan visitors - card swipe is required for entry to Olin and the PAC entrance is closed. Please wear your mask and observe all campus protocols and signage while studying in or visiting the library.

For the full listing of open hours see: https://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/about/hours.html

Updates on Services

Checking out books

While Olin and Science stacks are closed, the collections are available by request.  Once you've located the title in the library catalog, click on the Request Pickup link. You must be signed into your library account via Wesleyan SSO to see the link. Requests are usually processed within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). You’ll receive an email when your requests are ready for pickup. 

  • All Olin Library requests will be available for contactless pickup on shelves across from the Reserves Desk.
  • All Science Library requests will be available for contactless pick-up in the SciLi lobby

Scans of pages, chapters, or book sections may also be requested. Priority will be given to requests that support Fall 2020 classes. Once you've located the title in the library catalog, click on the Request Digitization link. You must be signed into your library account via Wesleyan SSO to see the link.

ILL, BLC, & CTW Borrowing - Request Interlibrary Loan

ILL and consortial borrowing will resume on September 7 (articles and chapters can be requested via ILL prior to this date).  We do expect some challenges securing some materials based on the level of services offered by lending libraries. Once available, physical ILL materials will be available for contactless pick-up from shelves directly across from the Reserves Desk.

Reserves - Request online reserves 

All reserves are fully digital during the Fall 2020 semester - there is no physical reserve service.  When possible, the Library will acquire digital versions or digitize print items to ensure that materials needed for courses are available to both on-campus and remote students. As always, the Library will do our best to provide the resources our faculty and students need.  Faculty should reach out to reserve@wesleyan.edu with questions, or for assistance determining how best to make course materials available online.

When a DVD or other physical media is requested for course reserves, the Library will seek to secure a license from an academic/ commercial streaming service; as a last resort, we will investigate digitizing physical media, subject to technology and legal restrictions. To begin the process, you can fill out the reserve request form: https://libr.wesleyan.edu/reserves/facultyinfo.php

Request a purchase - Request a purchase

Purchase requests for new books, films, and other tangible materials are now accepted. The acquisition process may take longer than usual due to altered workflows related to COVID-19. Since we cannot guarantee rush delivery, please submit requests as early as possible. 

Access to online collections

All online resources (e-books, e-journals, databases, media streaming, etc) are available via the library catalog.  Authentication is required to access online resources while off-campus - instructions for doing so are here.

Access to unique collections

Special Collections & Archives, as well as Archaeology & Anthropology, & CEAS collections are open by appointment only.  

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. Priority for scanning service will be given to requests in support of Fall classes.

Please note that the Davison Art Collection is closed due to the move of the collection from Alsop House to Olin Library. However, you can still access over 6,000 digital images of collection objects online.