S. Arthur Watson

Library / Media Center


For general info, library@wilmington.edu or x345
LOCAL COLLECTIONS in Watson Library, Media Center, and Peace Resource Center -- OPAL/Watson Library CATALOG
SERVICES AVAILABLE checklist for faculty and students.
24/7 RESOURCES / DATABASES : http://www.ohiolink.edu
(Also login from home!)
OPEN SERVICE HOURS: Watson Library/Media Center
--OPAL Catalog Quick Start Search Tutorial (2-page graphic)
--Information about loans, renewals, returns, reserves, interlibrary loans...
--ASK US! information and research consultations with research professionals for students and faculty. Walk-in or by appointment.
--Library services for Blue Ash campus faculty and students
--Media Center - More information on how to make reservations and use services.
-- WHAT'S NEW? at Watson Library? (new book lists, current databases, online resources from the Peace Resource Center ...)
-- Watson Wiki -- "What's New" from Your Librarians!


More Information about
Watson Services and Resources

MEDIA CENTER : Audio Visual Collections, Audio Visual Services, Curriculum Lab, Laminating, Student Employment Application Form


CIRCULATION DESK / LOAN SERVICES : Open Hours -- Circulation / Loan Periods -- Computers and Internet Policy -- Inter-Library Loan Service and Forms -- Purchase Request Form -- Courtesy Card for Community Borrowers -- Faculty Reserves -- Student Employment Application Form


REFERENCE SERVICES / USER ADVISORY SERVICES : Telephone for ASK US desk: 937-382-6661 Ext. 297 -- E-mail for research assistance: library@wilmington.edu -- Link to Watson Library Online Catalog of Local Holdings -- OhioLINK Electronic Resources for Wilmington College -- Wilmington College-Only Electronic Resources such as Westlaw Campus Research, an access link for WC users located outside of the campus network -- Watson Library's Supplementary Website -- for faculty: "The Checklist of Library Services and Research Information Resources," -- "New Books in the Watson Main Location Collection, Fall 2007 Semester," and Info Databases (174) List Available to Watson Library.




Quaker Rare, Quaker Reading Room Circulating Collection, Quaker Online Resources Provided by Watson Library, Area Quaker History Resources Compiled by Thomas C. Hill.
Email for Quaker research assistance: library@wilmington.edu
Wilmington College Archives (WC Online Resources from the Archives)






    The Curriculum Lab collections for education majors include both audio-visual and print materials. Locted 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.


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

Media Center
Academic Year (Regular Hours During Semester Sessions):
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 p.m. to 11:00 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-house in Student Lounge or on Upper Level.

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 faculty). Overdue fines are 50 cents per hour for late reserve items.

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.

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

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. 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. joni_streber@wilmington.edu)
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. joni_streber@wilmington.edu)
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
  1. accompanied by a parent or
  2. 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.

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 : library@wilmington.edu

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 Line

Mailing Address:

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

Our 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. To accomplish its mission, the library -- provides a welcoming and comfortable research and study facilty on the Main Campus -- offers wireless Internet access as well as networked campus computers -- for its users 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 its 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, and using knowledge resources and accessing information not held in the library.

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