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

WARDMAN LIBRARY: COVID-19

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.

  • Recent graduates: Any books checked out have had their due dates extended to July 1st.  You can return these anytime to the Library by dropping them in the book drop (to the left of the main entrance).  If you are not local, please contact us.

  • Returning students: The due date for Wardman Library books has been extended to September 9th so you do not have to worry about returning them over the summer.  

  • If you borrow a Link+ book or interlibrary loan book, the due date may be different.  Please contact us so we can work with you on getting the book back to its original library.  

  • If you receive an overdue notice or a fine notice, please contact us.  We will not be implementing fines during this period but our system may send out automated notices.

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 https://www.whittier.edu/library 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.
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.  Please contact David McCaslin (dmccasli@whittier.edu) or Joe Dmohowski (jdmohowski@whittier.edu) or 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 reference@whittier.edu and we’ll be sure to get the question to the right librarian.  
Circulation and Reserves: Circulation of materials will very limited and must be arranged prior to visiting the Library.  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 library@whittier.edu.
Interlibrary Loan: Due to constraints related to other libraries, we are still 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: library@whittier.edu.
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 moodle@whittier.edu.  It also a good idea to consistently review your DegreeWorks page; especially prior to scheduling courses for the next semester.