Wesleyan Library Services During COVID

During this unusual time, our priority is to ensure that as many resources and services as possible are available while keeping Wes safe. Please note that services are subject to change based on campus, state and other relevant guidelines.

last updated 12/21/20

Updated Library Hours for the holiday break & early January 2021

  • 12/21-12/23 all contactless pickup requests from both libraries are available in Olin vestibule, 9am-5pm; buildings are closed.
  • 12/24-1/3 Wesleyan is closed for the holiday break.
  • 1/11 contactless pickup resumes from Olin vestibule, 9am-5pm; online services resume.
  • building hours for January will be determined later.

Ask a Question 

If you have any questions about our services or need help with a class or research project, please ask us.

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Arrange a Class Visit

Contact your library liaison or collection manager to request an instructional session for your class.  

Request books for Contactless Pickup

Once you've located the title in OneSearch, click on the Request 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. 

  • All contactless pickup requests from both libraries are available in the Olin vestibule, 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

Request scans of pages, chapters, or sections

Once you've located the title in OneSearch, click on the Request Digitized Chapter link. You must be signed into your library account via Wesleyan SSO to see the link. Priority for scanning  will be given to requests that support classes.

Request home delivery of books

Students working remotely for the duration of the semester can request home delivery of items from Wesleyan, as well as Connecticut and Trinity Colleges. It is important for your home address to be up-to-date in WesPortal. Please follow the same process for requesting materials as for contactless pickup. 

ILL & CTW Borrowing - Request Interlibrary Loan

Physical ILL materials will be available for contactless pick-up from shelves across from the Reserves Desk. Digital materials will be delivered to your inbox. Delivery times may be slower depending on limitations at lending libraries. 

Request reserves - Request online reserves 

All reserves are fully digital - there is no physical reserve service.  The Library will acquire digital versions or digitize print items to ensure that materials needed for courses are available to students. Faculty should reach out to reserve@wesleyan.edu with questions, or for assistance determining how best to make course readings available online. 

Request a purchase - Request a purchase

Purchase requests for new books, films, and other tangible materials. The acquisition process may take longer than usual due to altered workflows and shipping times 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. To authenticate, access resources from the library website and login to the Wes SSO when prompted. VPN is not necessary.

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 will be given to requests that support 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.

Visit the Libraries

The Olin and Science Libraries are closed to non-Wesleyan visitors - card swipe is required for entry to Olin and the PAC entrance is closed. In compliance with state and campus guidelines, we have temporarily closed the stacks and removed select seats and computers.  Please check library hours before visiting, and wear your face covering and observe all campus protocols while in the libraries.

Yale Library Privileges 

Yale has suspended use privileges beyond the immediate Yale community.