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Circulation Desk

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Academic Year:
Monday through Thursday 8am to 11:00pm
Friday 8am to 5pm
Saturday 1 pm to 5pm
Sunday 6pm to 11:00pm
Summer Session:
Monday through Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 5pm
Closed Weekends


Circulation loan periods are three weeks for books and othe rcirculating items, with renewals possible unless there are holds placed by other patrons. Materials may be renewed online. Overdue fines are 50 cents per day per item.

Reserve Materials

Materials on course reserve are kept at the circulation desk. Reserve periods may be 2-hour closed reserve, overnight reserve, a specified number of days (designated by faculty).  Overdue fines are 50 cents per hour for late reserve items.  Faculty: Please allow 2 working days for processing new reserved items; please call ahead x350 or speak with Joni if you are making an immediate assignment for the items going on Faculty Reserve.

Inter-Library Loans

Borrowing materials and obtaining photocopies from other libraries is a privilege limited to students, faculty and staff of Wilmington College.

NOTE ABOUT COURSE TEXTBOOKS: Some students and their parents have unrealistic expectations that OPAL/OhioLINK can provide all students with all their textbooks, which is not true and not possible.  Very few copies of current textbooks are owned by academic libraries where loans are for 3 weeks and may be extended only if there are no holds from other Ohio users for the same times.  Because the OPAL and OhioLINK  loan systems are intended to support your academic research needs, your library borrowing privileges are activated a few days before the start of each term and last until the last day of the term.   

OPAL: If Wilmington does not own the book you need for research, or if our copy is checked out, you may request it from OPAL. When requesting a book from OPAL, you will be prompted for your name, barcode, and PIN.

Your barcode number is your student account number plus enough leading zeros to make 9 digits. (You will not actually get a barcode. If your number is 11111, your barcode number will be, 000011111). Your student number appears on your course schedule and your student account statement. If you do not have it, check with the Evening College staff.

You will also be prompted for a PIN (personal identification number). You choose your own 4 digit PIN. It can include letters. It can be anything you choose, but you must remember it. The staff cannot look it up for you.

You will also be asked to select a pickup location.This is very important. The book will not be sent here if you do not select Wilmington.

OhioLINK: If a book you need for research is not available from an OPAL library, you may request it from OhioLINK. The request process is very similar. You will first be asked with which institution are you affiliated. The correct answer here is "Wilmington College."  You will then be prompted for your name and barcode number and asked to select a pickup location - Wilmington Circulation Desk or Blue Ash Campus. The book will be sent to the Wilmington College Library in 3 or 4 days. You can check it out for 3 weeks with possible renewals if there are no holds placed by other patrons.

Overdue fines are 50 cents per day per item.

Not available through OPAL or OhioLINK? Other than textbooks, items needed for research may be requested through InterLibrary Loan - a service initiated at the Circulation Desk or ASK US Desk. Links to the required forms are provided below. 

Courtesy Cards

Community patrons may apply for a courtesy card. A picture ID is required to apply. Courtesy cardholders may check out 4 books at a time from the local collection. Cards are good for 6 months, and may be renewed.

Computer Terminals

The terminals on the first floor of Watson Library are primarily for reference and research use. Community patrons must be logged in by a staff member and may be asked to leave when Wilmington College patrons need to use all of the computers in the labs.

Internet Policy

The primary mission of the Watson Library is to provide research materials to the students of Wilmington College in support of the classroom curriculum. Its secondary mission is the provision of these same resources to the local community, as well as visiting scholars and students. Thus Community Borrower status is available to those 18 years and older. Internet usage is restricted to Wilmington College students, faculty, and staff, and those who have successfully registered at the Library Circulation Desk (ID may be requested).

Community students under the age of 18 may use the internet for research purposes if

  1. accompanied by a parent or
  2. having successfully registered for short-term research permission (with parental approval) at the Circulation Desk.

The Watson Library exists for educational, not recreational purposes, thereby distinguishing itself as an Academic Library rather than a Public Library.  Research purposes have first priority for computer use at all times.  Patrons wishing to gain internet access for such recreational uses are directed to the Wilmington Public Library.

Reading Room

A variety of current newspapers and magazine subscriptions are available for perusal during regular library hours.

The library subscribes to approximately thousands of periodical titles, with some of them available in paper formats. Most subscriptions are accessible through Watson/OhioLINK online databases.  Some of the periodicals are archived on microfilm and microfiche. There are also subscriptions to a few key newspapers in paper. All periodicals, including current and bound volumes, are for use only in the library and do not circulate.

Government Documents

The library qualified in 1986 as an official depository for free government publications coming from various government agencies and departments. The library currently selects 12 percent of all government publications that are offered. The selected items come in different formats: nearly all content is now provided online linked in the OPAL catalog; other formats include paper sheets, books, pamphlets, maps, posters, and microfiche.