Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Wallace Library


Library Borrowing

Who may use the Wallace Library?

The Wallace Library exists to support the educational mission of Wheaton College and the curricular needs of the Wheaton community. Precedence will be given to members of the Wheaton College community in the use of all library facilities and resources at all times.

Visitors are asked to abide by the Library Visitors policy. Visitors must register at the Information Desk upon arrival and show a valid ID to receive a visitor's pass for that day.

Borrowing privileges are extended to the following groups:

Wheaton College Faculty, Students and Staff:
Active faculty, students, and staff  with a valid Wheaton ID may borrow material.

The Wallace Library has reciprocal use agreements with the following Consortia:

HELIN Consortium:
HELIN Consortium members including faculty, students and staff from Community College of Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University and fifteen R.I. health sciences libraries. HELIN members must present a valid college or university ID at the Circulation Desk.

Wheaton students, faculty and staff with a valid Wheaton ID have physical access to the above libraries as well as onsite borrowing privileges.

Brown University:  
Current faculty, staff and students from Brown University have physical access to the Wallace Library.

Access and borrowing privileges for Wheaton faculty, staff and students may be found here.

SMCL Consortium:

SMCL Consortium members, including the students and faculty
of Bridgewater State College, Stonehill College, and the University
of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. SMCL members must present a valid college or university ID at the Information Desk.

Wheaton students, faculty and staff with a valid Wheaton ID have physical access to the above libraries as well as onsite borrowing privileges.

Wheaton Alumni:
Wheaton Alumni  are eligible for borrowing privileges. Alumni must present valid photo ID in order to obtain a special borrower's card.

Teachers and Administrators:
Teachers and administrators from area schools who host Wheaton
students in their teaching practicum may borrow materials from Wheaton collections.

Norton Residents -- Borrowing privileges are extended to Norton residents who are 18 years of age or older for an annual fee of $20.00. A registration form is available at the Information Desk. A limit of 10 books from Wheaton's collection may be borrowed for a period of 4 weeks.

Other Area Residents -- Borrowing privileges are extended to other area residents who are 18 years of age or older for an annual fee of $40.00. A registration form is available at the Information Desk. A limit of 10 books from Wheaton's collection may be borrowed for a period of 4 weeks.

Each semester the library closes to all outside visitors for the college's Final Exam Period. Please check the library's hours for more information on the exact dates that the library is closed to the general public.

Wheaton ID Card

The Wheaton ID card serves as a library card for students, faculty and staff of the College. To view your patron record, renew materials online and to borrow from other HELIN libraries, login to you library account with your WID and password. Your WID and password are also required to access online resources from off campus.

Circulation Loan Periods

Borrowers are responsible for all materials checked out to their account. Please promptly return all items when they are due.

Wheaton Students

Books 28 Days
VHS/DVD Circulating 3 days  2 items/checkout
VHS/DVD Non-circulating 2-Hour Library Use Only
Compact Discs Library Use Only
Periodicals Non-Circulating

Wheaton Honors Thesis Students

The library supports honors thesis students by giving them an extended borrowing period. A list of honors candidates is forwarded to the library in mid-September. Wheaton books checked out after the honors candidate list is issued will be due the last day of final exams. Books checked out from HELIN libraries or on Interlibrary Loan will not have the extended borrowing period.
There are a number of study carrels that can be reserved by students who are working on an honors thesis. Carrels will be assigned first come, first served. To reserve a study carrel please complete the Study Carrel Agreement Form and deliver it to the Circulation Desk.

Wheaton Faculty

Books Semester Loan
VHS/DVD 28 Days
Compact Discs 28 Days
Periodicals 3 Days

Wheaton Staff

Books Semester Loan
VHS/DVD 3 Days
Compact Discs 3 Days
Periodicals Non-Circulating

HELIN Members

Books 28 days

Wheaton Alumnae/i and All Other Borrowers

Books 28 Days
VHS/DVD In-Library viewing only when classes not in session
All Other Materials Non-Circulating


Books and other circulating material may be renewed as long as they have not been requested by another patron. From the library homepage, click on the link titled "My Library Record". For assistance please call ext. 8224.


All checked-out items are subject to recall after a loan period of two weeks. You may request a recall at the Information Desk. As soon as the material is returned, you will be notified that it is being held for you at the Information Desk. All items needed for course reserve are subject to recall at any time.


A hold can be placed on materials currently checked out to another patron. You will need your library barcode to place the request. When the item is returned, you will be notified that the item is being held for you at the Information Desk. For assistance please ask at the Information Desk.

Items not found on the shelf

Patrons who cannot locate an item on the shelf may fill out an item search request at the Information Desk. The staff will check the stacks at regular intervals and will notify the patron of the results of the search. Items that cannot be located are reported to our Acquisitions department for reorder. If a patron needs a missing item immediately and it is not available at another HELIN library s/he may place an Interlibrary Loan request for the missing item.

Returning Library materials

Please promptly return all library materials when they are due. All library materials (including HELIN and InRhode books) can be returned at the Information Desk. When the library is closed there is a book return located inside the first set of doors on the right.

Fines, Notices and Bills

Courtesy Notices

In an effort to help patrons avoid fines and replacement charges, courtesy notices will be emailed when materials are coming due.


Fines are assessed according to the policies of each HELIN library. Be sure to understand the borrowing policies for the items you borrow from HELIN libraries. Wheaton faculty, students and staff are personally responsible for fines charged to your account. Fines must be paid directly to the lending HELIN library.

Overdue Notices

Overdue notices are sent when materials are overdue.

FIRST NOTICE is sent seven days after due date of material not returned.

SECOND NOTICE: sent seven days after the first notice

THIRD NOTICE: mailed seven days after the second notice.

Replacement Fees for Lost Material

A replacement fee of $45.00 and a $5.00 processing fee will be charged for all Wheaton materials that are not returned. Replacement fees at other HELIN libraries may be as high as $100.00/book. Borrowers of materials from other HELIN libraries will be personally responsible for any charges on their account. Replacement charges for lost or damaged books must be paid directly to the HELIN lending library.

Course Reserve


Course reserve material is available at the Information Desk. Reserve items may be borrowed for two hours or three days, depending on the material selected using your Wheaton ID. Unless specifically indicated by the faculty member, 2-hour reserve material cannot leave the premises.


Video Collection

The Video Collection is kept at the Information Desk. The Library provides facilities for in-house viewing. Videos are purchased to support the curriculum.

Audio Media Collection

The collection of CDs, cassettes, and spoken CDs are located in locked cabinets on the stack level outside the Music Seminar Room. To browse this collection please ask at the Information Desk. Listening facilities are available in the Library.

Books on Tape

A collection of Books on Tape are available at the Information Desk.

View multimedia borrowing policies at other HELIN libraries

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