Family members include spouse, domestic partner, or dependent children of an employee of the college. Dependent children over 21 years of age are not eligible for library privileges unless they are attending college full time and are under 25 years of age.


To become a family borrower, present your Dickinson College Family ID obtained from the ID office at the library circulation desk between the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday. A library supervisor will assist you with registration.

Borrowing Privileges

The loan period for books, scores, and government documents is 28 days. You may take out six items at a time. You are allowed one renewal. Renewal must take place before the due date.


Because the library exists primarily for the use of Dickinson’s students and faculty, we reserve the right to recall a book when necessary. Please return the items within 24 hours of receiving the Recall Notice. Replacement charges may be assessed if the item is not returned within 48 hours.

Overdue Fees

The library charges .25 cents per item per day for an overdue book. Books not returned after 14 day of being due will be considered lost and you will be billed replacement plus processing costs ($100.00). You may not borrow additional items until all overdue books have been returned and charges have been paid and/or cleared. Fines must be paid at the Circulation Desk in the Waidner- Spahr Library by check or cash.


You are responsible for all books checked out on your card. The card must be presented to borrow.

Interlibrary Loan

These services are not available to Dickinson family.

Public Computers

There are two public computers located on the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library. The library’s on-line catalog, databases and the internet may be accessed from these computers.

Printing Fee

There is a charge of 10 cents per impression (per side). Printouts may be picked up and paid for at the Circulation Desk.

Digital Microform Readers

In order to use the digital microform readers in the information commons you must see a supervisor at the circulation desk or ask the lower level service desk attendant to assist you with login. Printing fees will apply.

updated 5/13