Library Services Update

We are excited to welcome members of the Wesleyan community back for Fall semester 2021. 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.

Last updated 8/11/21

Visit the Libraries

The Olin and Science Libraries are currently open to Wesleyan faculty, students, and staff. Fall semester hours begin on September 6, 2021. Please observe all campus protocols while in the libraries and stay up to date on library and unique collections hours

Note that the PAC entrance to Olin is closed for the duration of the PAC construction project.

Access to unique collections 

Special Collections & ArchivesWorld Music ArchivesArchaeology & Anthropology, and CEAS are available by appointment to current faculty, students, and staff. Please schedule your visit at least 24 hours in advance. Other requests for research and reference support are welcome via email.  

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?

Group study rooms in Olin Library can be reserved through LibCal. We ask that students clean study surfaces before and after use to protect all who use these spaces.

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


In-person circulation has returned and requested items can be picked up in both libraries. Scan requests can also be placed in OneSearch for pages, chapters, or sections.

Obtain materials from other libraries

Request Interlibrary Loan to borrow materials from other libraries, including CTW. Physical ILL and CTW materials will be available for pick-up in Olin, while digital materials will be delivered to you by email. 

Request reserves 

Physical reserved are reinstated for the Fall ‘21 semester, with continued support for digital reserves via Moodle. We encourage you to place your requests early and to contact us for support with reserves or understanding copyright and intellectual property rights.

Video streaming

Please also see wide ranging streaming video resources and contact us with video or other purchase requests

Yale Library privileges 

Yale Libraries remain closed to non-Yale folks.  Please consult the Yale Library Covid-19 site for the latest updates.

Other important library news...

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

SciLi is the new home to the FGLI Textbook Collection. Provided by the Resource Center, the textbooks are newly discoverable in OneSearch and will circulate through the Library. If the items you need are not available, request a FGLI Textbook

A new periodical browsing and seating area, starring a prehistoric Mosasaur, awaits visitors on the west side of the Campbell Reading Room in Olin. And you may notice fewer computers in Campbell this year - we are currently assessing overall technology support for students in the library and want to hear from you!  Watch for opportunities to share your thoughts and ideas early in the semester.

While our services may flex in response to a changing environment, we remain committed to providing exceptional support to you. Our liaison librarians are at hand to visit classes or meet individually with students. Staff in our unique collections (Special Collections & Archives, World Music Archives, Archaeology & Anthropology, and CEAS) are also available to teach classes and to meet by appointment.

We will soon introduce you to LeanLibrary, a browser extension that connects web searches with licenced journals and books, allowing you to more seamlessly access the materials you need. Check the library homepage for updates early in the Fall semester.