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S. Arthur Watson Library / Media Center

Watson Library provides library and media services to the widest possible community of seekers and learners.

Watson Library’s primary responsibility is to support the Mission of Wilmington College. The Library promotes the life-long development of information literacy among students, faculty, and staff.  The Library acquires and organizes collections of materials in a variety of formats to support the college curricula. Librarians respond to information needs by facilitating access to resources in many formats and locations. They provide assistance in the selection, evaluation, use, and presentation of resources.

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More Information about the Watson Library:


  • WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! Person-to-Person Contact! 
  • For general information (Watson Library or Media Center) contact: or (937) 382-6661 ext. 345

What & Where?

What Else?

  • 24/7 Resources/Databases: OPAL-Proxy (Also Login from Home!)



  • LibGuides: Interactive, Wilmington-Course Specific guides to accessing library research tools and resources
  • Information about Loans, Renewals, Returns, Reserves, Interlibrary Lonas
  • ASK US! Information and research consultations with research professionals for students and faculty. 
    Walk-in or by appointment
  • Library Services for Blue Ash and Cincinnati Campus faculty and students
  • Media Center: More information on how to make reservations and use services

Additonal Links/Information



    The Curriculum Lab collections for education majors include both audio-visual and print materials. Located in the Media Center, Curr Lab audio-visual resources are integrated with other holdings and include grade-level appropriate films and music, including many titles related to classic children's works. Located just behind the Juvenile book collection, the print Curr Lab contains text-books, student workbooks, teacher editions (not more than 10 years old), etc. that support the instruction of future classroom teachers in grades K through 12. Some specific subject areas include Art, Multi-Cultural Perspectives, Diversity Issues, and Language Arts.

    Resources to support subject specialists are located appropriately within the Main collection. Curriculum resources related to peace education and conflict management are located in the Peace Resource Center (PRC) collection, listed in the Watson/OPAL catalog. Print materials must be checked out at the Circulation Desk or the PRC and circulate for three weeks. Currently all testing materials are held by the Education Department. Consult the OPAL online catalog for specific holdings and loan status. Additional materials are available through OhioLINK.

    SERIALS READING ROOM -- Journals, Periodicals, Magazines, Newspapers

    A variety of current newspapers and magazine subscriptions selective backfiles. 200 print-format periodical titles, with print or microform archives.

    Plus- Thousands of periodical titles with most subscriptions available only through the Watson/OhioLINK online databases. All in-house periodical holdings in all formats are for use only in the library and do not circulate. Watson Library also hosts a distribution rack for newspapers provided free to students as part of a Student Life program.


    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: paper sheets, books, pamphlets, maps, posters, and microfiche. As of December, 2005, almost all federal government documents were made available on the Internet with selected direct links provided in the OPAL and OhioLINK catalogs.

    Circulation Desk/Loan Services/Public Service

    937-382-6661 ext. 345
    General Library Open Hours:
    Please remember that our online virtual library (OPAL Proxy) is available any day, any time.
    Special Collections (Quaker Rare, College Archives) are always by appointment only

Academic Year (Regular Hours)

Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 6 - 11 p.m.

Academic Year (Regular Hours During Semester Sessions):
Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturdays.
Closed Sundays.
During weekends or late evenings, check at the Library Circulation Desk for Course-Required Reserved Videos. These may be viewed
in-hourse in Student Lounge or Upper Level.
Reservations for equipment support are required at least 2 working
days in advance of event. Reservations are not official if you have
not received a direct Media Center confirmation of details.
Summer and Vacation Schedule:
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Evenings, Weekends, and Holidays
Summer and Vacation Schedule:
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Evenings, Weekends, and Holidays

Students enrolled in Summer Session courses who need to conduct library research or consult a librarian after 5 p.m. are encouraged to telephone the Library at Ext. 345. A librarian may be able to meet your research needs by telephone, online, or by special evening appointment. A group of students may make a group appointment. Also, please let us know if you need to pick up books on hold during the evening, Ext. 345. Special arrangements may be possible.

Circulating Items / Loan Periods

Circulation loan periods are three weeks for books and circulating government documents, with renewals permitted if no holds have been placed on items. Materials may be renewed online. Overdue fines are 50 cents per day per item. Reserved items and other types of loans have various loan periods -- please verify at time of loan.

Reserve Materials
Materials on course reserve are kept at the circulation desk. Reserve periods may be 2-hour closed reserve, overnight reserve, or longer (at the discretion of your faculty member). Overdue fines are 50 cents per hour for late reserved item returns.

Inter-Library Loans
Borrowing materials and obtaining photocopies from other libraries is a privilege limited to students, faculty and staff of Wilmington
College. If Wilmington does not own the journal article or book you want, or if our copy is checked out, you still have options,
described below. Publisher's textbooks may not be borrowed by interlibrary loan as the loan period is just 2 or 3 weeks with no renewals.

BOOKS, VIDEOS, CDs: You may be able to locate and then request needed books, videos, or music CDs from OPAL or OhioLINK.

Remember that OPAL and OhioLINK are not intended to provide your textbooks; only occasionally will a student be able to borrow an "available" copy of a required course textbook, which may be recalled at any time to serve another borrower.

When requesting a book from OPAL or OhioLINK catalogs, you will be prompted for your name and barcode. Your "barcode number" is your Wilmington College ID number plus enough leading zeros to make 9 digits. (You will not actually have a barcode label on your ID card). If your ID number is 111111, your barcode number will be, 000111111). Your WC ID number is contained magnetically on your ID card, appears on your course schedule, and on your student account statement. If you do not have it, check with the Registrar. Your library account is activated a few days prior to the beginning of each semester or summer term for which you are registered and continues to be active through the end of that term. 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 the appropriate Wilmington pickup location. Alternatively, you may choose to pickup your requested OPAL or OhioLINK items from another more convenient member library. The book will be sent to the pickup location in 3 or 4 days. You can check it out from the circulation desk for 3 weeks. Items delivered to Cincinnati Blue Ash WC branch campus will already be checked out to the requesting person. You can renew a borrowed book unless someone else has placed a hold on it by using OPAL's "My Account." The library's computer system will not allow renewals on items with holds or on items already overdue. Overdue fines are 50 cents per day per overdue item.

ARTICLES and BOOKS: Don't give up! If the article you need is not in Watson Library or online or a needed book seems nowhere to be found, then you should consider our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services (operated by Joni Streber, the manager of Public Services including Circulation Services, Circulation Desk, x345). ILL uses other location and access strategies and may take a couple of weeks for delivery if your item can be located. This ILL service is available only to Wilmington/OPAL borrowers with a campus ID.

Book Interlibrary Loan Request Form (fill in blanks on computer, then print version; or completed form can be saved under a new name and attached in email to Joni.
Article Interlibrary Loan Request Form (fill in blanks on computer, then print version; or completed form can be saved under a new name and attached in email to Joni.
Book Interlibrary Loan Request Form (print out and hand write version; provide to Joni)
Article Interlibrary Loan Request Form (print out and hand write version; provide to Joni)

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

Computer Terminals and Internet Policy
The terminals on the first floor of Watson Library are primarily for reference and research use.

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 non-restricted 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 for Community Borrower status.
  • Community students under the age of 18 may use the Internet for research purposes if: accompanied by a parent or
  • having successfully registered for short-term research permission 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. Nevertheless, Watson does provide a current Recreational Reading collection for leisure reading. Likewise, the Library's computers are intended for student/faculty academic research use, always having highest priority for computer access.

When all computer lab stations are in use, Watson Library reassigns computers based on highest priority to academic research purposes by campus users. Those pursuing recreational purposes may be asked to log off so that researchers may use the computers. Community patrons wishing to obtain Internet access for such recreational uses are directed to the Wilmington Public Library.


Staff Directory
Watson Library E-Mail Contact:
Wilmington College main number: (937 ) 382-6661 or 1-800-341-9318 - ask for Watson Library
Watson Library Public Services Telephone Number: Ext. 345
Fax: (937) 383-8571 Watson Library Direct FAX Line

External Webpage for Watson Library:

Watson Library Mission

Watson Library resonates with the Wilmington College Mission to educate, inspire, and prepare students for a life of success and service. In support of the Mission, Watson Library provides library services and collections to the widest possible community of seekers and learners. Watson Library's primary responsibility is to the students, faculty, and staff of Wilmington College.

Watson Library

  • Provides a welcoming and comfortable research and study facility on the Main Campus
  • Offers wireless Internet access as well as networked campus computers
  • For its Main Campus and Cincinnati program users researching online from any location and at any time, the library provides a robust Internet collection that includes e-books, e-references, online videos, more than 140 journal and other content databases, and several catalogs of resources
  • Acquires and organizes collections of materials in a variety of formats appropriate to the mission and curricula of the college and to serve the informational needs of users.
  • The library's research professionals work with faculty to build collections and work with faculty and students individually and in classes to provide assistance in selecting, evaluating, using, and presenting knowledge and information.

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Mailing Address:

S. Arthur Watson Library | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way - Pyle 1227 | Wilmington, Ohio 45177

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