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Wardman Library : Support during COVID-19: General Library Services


Whittier College continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.  Please refer to the campus for the latest information.

This guide will provide updates on the status of on campus and remote library services in response to this changing situation.  We will add information to this guide as it becomes available.  

  • The Library is closed for physical entry.  Please refer below for our services during this period.

  • If you have books checked out from the Library, hold on to them.  If you can, we ask that you renew them by going here.  If you cannot renew, that's okay.  You may receive overdue notices.  These are automated but you can ignore them.  In the coming weeks, we'll send an update about how to handle these overdue books but in the meantime, don't worry about them.

General Library Services

Library Services during this period

Wardman Library is committed to supported students and faculty with continued access to information resources and research consultations. For general questions, please refer to our Ask the Library page.
Access to Information Resources: See for remote access to electronic resources, including journal articles and e-books. Access to the Library for print reserve materials, print collections, physical media, or archives and special collections will not be possible, so instructors are encouraged to replace physical resources with digital resources where possible, using materials that are available in the library’s full-text databases or that are freely available online. Library resources can be linked directly from Moodle.
Checkout this recorded workshop accessing and using the vast e-resources available to you through the Library!
Streaming video options: Our streaming video options are limited and are primarily concentrated on documentaries.  Review this guide on our film/video resources collections.  In addition, Kanopy has adjusted access to its catalog of content.  It is an ever-evolving with regards to what they are providing for free. THe Library has also entered into a short-term agreement with Swank to license films (by faculty request). For the latter, please contact David McCaslin ( or Joe Dmohowski ( Please visit this page for additional information.  
Research Help and Consultation: Start with the Ask the Librarian page to identify the librarian with the needed subject expertise. If you are unsure, you can always, email and we’ll be sure to get the question to the right librarian.  
Circulation and Reserves: Circulation of materials will not be available.  If you currently have material checked out, please try to renew it.  If you cannot, that's okay.  During this period, you can ignore the automated overdue notices.  The Library will not be charging overdue fines.  If you need to a chapter or selection from a course reserve book, notify your instructor so they can work with us to scan the material.  If you have any questions, contact
Interlibrary Loan: Due to constraints related to other libraries, we are no longer able to borrow books via interlibrary loan.  The Library will work to provide articles and chapters that are available to be fulfilled electronically. Contact:
Technology Lending: The Library will be unable to loan technology during this period.  If you do not have access to the a computer during this period.  Notify the Registrar so they can inform all of your instructors.  The Library may have a very limited number of laptops to be loaned out for the remainder of the semester BUT access to these is not guaranteed.  Contact David McCaslin for questions on this.
Moodle: Be sure to check in with your courses through Moodle (log in with your my.whittier credentials) as well as your academic advisor. If you have any questions about Moodle, contact  It also a good idea to consistently review your DegreeWorks page; especially prior to scheduling courses for the next semester.