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Borrowing Policies for Wheelock Students

What can I take out of the Library, and for how long?

Present your Wheelock ID card at the Service Desk to borrow the following items. Click on the different item types to learn more about them.

Item TypeLoan PeriodCan I renew it?
Books (Main Collection) 28 days Yes, once
Books (Popular Reading Collection) 14 days Yes, once
Children's Books 28 days Yes, once
Children's Periodicals 28 days Yes, once
Curriculum Materials (toys, games, manipulatives) 28 days Yes, once
DVDs (Floor 1M) 7 days Yes, once
Children’s DVDs (Floor 3) 7 days Yes, once
Technology to Borrow 7 days for items not designed for "In Library Use Only"  No
Tests and Assessments 7 days (authorized students only) Yes, for 7 days, with instructor permission
Museum Passes 24 hours No

Please note that users assume full responsibility for all borrowed items. Lost, stolen, or damaged items must be paid for or replaced.

Distance Learners

Distance learners in Worcester, MA and Bridgeport, CT also have access to a college library near the location where classes are held.To learn more, visit the distance learners page.

What can’t I take out of the Library?

Wheelock students may use the following items only while inside the Library building:

  • Reserves: available at the Service Desk, you may use Reserve items for three hours inside the Library while we hold your ID card. Only one Reserve item may be checked out at a time.
  • Headphones: available at the Service Desk, you may borrow headphones to use inside the Library while we hold your ID card
  • Print periodicals (located on Floor 3)
  • Reference books (located on Floor 1)
  • Archives 
  • Laptops: available at the Service Desk, you may use the laptops for two hours inside the Library while we hold your ID card. 

How do I renew items?

  • Online
    Go to My Account in the online catalog.
  • By phone
    Call the Service Desk at 617-879-2222.
  • In person
    Stop by the Service Desk.

Overdue Items

Overdue items may not be renewed. They must be returned to the library and checked in before being checked out again.

If you keep an item for longer than its stated loan period, you will receive overdue notices via email until the item is returned.

We do not charge overdue fees, with the exception of overdue Tests and Assessments which are subject to fines at the rate of $5.00 per test per day.  However, once an item has been overdue for one month it is automatically considered lost and replacement and processing fees are applied. All fees are waived once the item is returned.

If you lose or damage an item, you will be billed for the full replacement cost. Please contact, if you have any questions.

Can I put items on hold?

If it’s currently checked out:

  • Log in to the My Account feature of the Library catalog, or
  • Contact the Service Desk at 617-879-2222.
  • Once the item is returned, we will notify you and hold it at the Service Desk for seven days.

If it's in the Library:

  • Contact the Service Desk at 617-879-2222.
  • The item will be held at the Service Desk for seven days.

Note: Holds may not be placed on any items that circulate for less than 21 days.

I can’t find what I need…

If an item is listed as available in our catalog but you cannot find it on the shelves, please let a Service Desk employee know right away. We will conduct a search for the item and let you know when it is located.

If you need an item that is not owned by the Wheelock Library, please see Interlibrary Loan or contact the Service Desk at 617-879-2222.

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