The primary mission of the Dickinson College Library is to support the academic needs of current students, faculty and staff of Dickinson College. Visitors are welcome to use much of the collection on site and will have access to a variety of services during general public building hours.

Registration & Borrowing Privileges

Courtesy borrowing privileges are available for an annual fee of $25 to the following visitors:

  • Adult Pennsylvania residents with a valid photo ID
  • Current faculty and students from consortia schools (ACLCP, PALCI, Oberlin Group)
  • Family of Dickinson College faculty and staff (dependents and/or spouse)

Annual fees are waived for consortial members and family members.

Privileges are not granted automatically. The Library reserves the right to withhold privileges, or to withdraw them if they are misused.

Interlibrary Loan services and most electronic resources are not available to courtesy borrowers. Visit our guide to Resources for Alumni & Visitors for more information about access to online resources (databases, ebooks, and e-journals).

For more information visit the library's circulation desk. See our page on Library Loan Periods for more details about loans, fines and replacement costs.

Building Access

Visitors may enter the Waidner-Spahr Library during our general public access hours. See our Hours page for more information.

Wireless Computing

Visitors who wish to access the library’s wireless network can self-register as a guest user. See the Technology Services page about the Wireless Network at Dickinson College for more information.

Computer Use

Visitors may use our public access machines, on the main floor of the library located on the circulation desk. For more information, refer to our Public Computer Usage Policies.

Archives & Special Collections

Users may contact Archives & Special Collections by emailing or calling 717-245-1399.