The majority of information on this page will go into effect on August 24, 2020. The library building remains closed through August 9. From August 10-August 23, the library hours will be Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm.

Wallace Library staff welcome you back to campus. While we are excited to offer you access to the building again, we want to share some important information about changes to library operations for Fall 2020. If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Dean Megan Brooks at

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Face Masks

Students, faculty, and staff must practice social distancing and wear face masks at all times when in the building.

Library/IT staff may remove face masks when they are in their own offices with the door closed.

Building Access and Hours

Only current students, essential staff, and faculty who have filled out the daily COVID-19 screening form, and vendors who have filed a COVID-19 plan with Wheaton’s Office of Environmental Health may enter the library.

Access requires a OneCard.

Library hours beginning on August 24, 2020 (based on information available to library staff on July 22) will be:

  • Mon-Thu: 8am-8pm
  • Fri: 8am-4pm
  • Sat: closed
  • Sun: 12pm-8pm

Staff availability and public health concerns will determine any changes to these planned library hours. The Dean will announce any last-minute changes on the faculty, staff, and class year Google Groups.

Wallace Library’s capacity has been reduced by removing seating. This ensures the library complies with state guidelines of 40% of maximum occupancy (from 300 to 120).

The stacks level, the Stacks Level Electronic Classroom, and all collaboration rooms including the Music Seminar Room are closed to general access. The Archives and Special Collections are accessible only by (virtual) appointment. All other public areas remain open.

Leave tables and chairs where they have been placed to achieve 6′ of social distance.

If all seating is full, do not sit on the floor to avoid occupancy limits.

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Access to Physical Materials

Wallace Library offers contactless in-building pickup for library materials, or USPS delivery to domestic off-campus patrons.

Find a Wheaton-owned title you want in the library catalog. Click on the title, then click on the “Place Hold” button. Library staff notify you when your title is available to be picked up – contactless – from the holds shelf, located by the library’s digital sign. Request HELIN and interlibrary loan materials in much the same way.

If you are not on campus, include your mailing address in the request form. Library staff can mail items to US addresses. You are responsible for mailing items back to the library when they are due. International students, contact for assistance with physical materials.

Book Returns

Research suggests that library books be quarantined for 3-5 days before staff handle and check them in, depending on the type of paper in the book. Since most circulating books use everyday paper, Wallace Library follows the 3 day quarantine.

Course Reserves (for students)

Because of the required quarantine period for library books, Wallace Library is NOT offering print reserves this fall. Instead, the library is trying to acquire as many ebooks as possible to put on reserve for your classes.

Unfortunately, many publishers chose not to make their ebooks available for libraries to purchase. They prefer to sell or rent directly to students as this is more profitable for them. If you run into this situation, library staff can help you request your text through interlibrary loan.

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Access to Electronic Materials

The library owns and licenses thousands of ebooks, journal articles, films, and music that you can access from anywhere. All you need to do is start your search on the library homepage. If you are off-campus, you will eventually be asked for your wID and password to proceed.

Not sure where to start? Browse the library’s list of databases A-Z or subject guides. If you are looking for materials about Wheaton, explore the library’s online unique/archival collections.

Information & Technology Instruction

All information and technology literacy instruction will be offered remotely this fall.

Learn more about FYE instruction, in-class instruction, and teaching with technology. Or simply contact your liaison.

Research Support

E-mail all the research librarians at, and one of them will get back to you. You can also search the library’s FAQssubmit a question, or schedule a virtual appointment at your convenience. For help with materials about Wheaton College, email the Archives.

Public Printers and Public Computers

Students can use public printers in Wallace Library: three in the atrium and one on the Periodicals level.

Students can use public computers with specialized academic software in Wallace Library. Find Macs in Woolley Electronic Classroom and Windows virtual desktops in the library atrium. If you are not in the library, you can use the Windows virtual desktop by following these instructions:

  • In a browser on a desktop computer, open
  • On the right side of the page, select VMware Horizon HTML Access.
  • Enter your Wheaton wID and password. Click Login.
  • Double click on the Public Desktops icon. Be patient, since it can take 45 seconds for the virtual desktop to appear.
  • Double click the Logoff icon when you are done. Select Yes to leave the session.

Library student employees will sanitize all computers and printers using UV light every two hours.

Other Services in Wallace Library

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Course Reserves (for faculty)

Due to COVID-19 developments and concerns surrounding equitable access to materials, Wallace Library will not offer print course reserves – including textbooks – for the Fall 2020 semester. We have implemented a 72-hour quarantine period for all returned and recently handled items. This quarantine period aligns with the latest best practices and data (REALM Project, 2020). It also makes short-term (2-hour and 3-day) loans for course reserves impractical.


Instead of print course reserves, the library will be offering an ebook reserves program this fall. We start with the list of required textbooks from the Bookstore.

  1. The library already owns the title as an ebook: we will automatically add it to a course reserves page for your course.
  2. The library does not own the title as an ebook: we will try to buy it as an ebook. If successful, we will automatically add it to a course reserves page for your course.
  3. The library is unable to buy an ebook: we will notify you about options.
    • We can scan or try to get copyright compliant PDFs of selected chapters you request, which you can post in OnCourse.
    • You can contact your liaison for help identifying OER or electronic resources that the library already owns.
  4. If there are required titles that we aren’t able to provide to your students, encourage them to take advantage of our interlibrary loan service.

Please keep in mind there may be acquisition limits due to costs, licensing, or other parameters. In particular, acquiring ebooks or copyright-compliant PDFs from big-name, commercial textbook publishers will be most challenging. Many choose not to make their ebooks available for libraries to purchase. They prefer to sell or rent directly to students as this is more profitable for them.

If you want to know whether the titles you want to use for classes are available for us to purchase as ebooks BEFORE you submit them to the bookstore, request them through our Course Reserves Request Form (login required). Otherwise, you can just wait for us to work through the bookstore list.

DVDs and Films

DVDs will circulate with a 3-day quarantine upon return. This quarantine period makes 2-hour checkout impractical.

You have options for showing films to your students.

  1. Sharing your computer screen while you play a DVD in a Zoom-based class may fall under fair use. San Diego State University Library offers a list of criteria which faculty can use to assess if each of their uses is acceptable or not. (This will not work for services like Netflix or Hulu.)
  2. Use films from the library’s streaming services Films on Demand and Academic Video Online. Library staff can link individual films from these services on the course reserves page for your courses, or you can copy film URLs and include them directly in your OnCourse site.
  3. Anyone who lives, works, owns property, or attends school in MA may register for a Boston Public Library eCard, which provides access to Kanopy and Hoopla.
  4. If your desired films are unavailable via DVD, or the streaming services listed above, you can go to JustWatch to determine where you and your students can stream, rent, or purchase films for a fee.
Book Chapters and Journal Articles

To request additional/newly-scanned chapters and articles, use the Course Reserves Request Form (login required).


Direct your questions about reserves to

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