In accordance with the Code of Ethics of the ALA, Wallace Library staff must support each patron’s right to privacy with respect information sought or received and any information pertaining to borrowing and/or usage history. Additionally, the Library adheres to the ALA’s Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records and Confidentiality Personally Identifiable Information about Library Users. Consistent with these policies, the Wallace Library will keep all library materials that are used, borrowed or requested confidential within the library.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is considered to be analogous to a classroom and college policy around food and drink prevails.
- At this time, there should be no eating in classrooms. Exceptions will be made for students who have a documented medical condition where they would need to be provided the opportunity to eat in a classroom.
- It is permissible to briefly remove your mask to take a quick sip of a drink, even if masking is required where you are. In the interests of public health, individuals should refrain from talking when drinking, and their mask should be replaced immediately. The preferred manner of drinking is to use a reusable, eco-friendly straw that does not require you to remove your mask.
During COVID-19 and beyond, to provide a comfortable, inviting study atmosphere for all library users, Library and Building Services staff ask that you respect those around you and protect library property.
- Drinks must be in spill-proof containers.
- Clean up after yourself by disposing of your trash.
- Report spills immediately to library staff.
The Library will assign reserved study carrels, upon request, to Honors Thesis Students who fill out a carrel request form available at the Information Desk. Carrels are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The following regulations govern the use of library carrels:
- Library materials must be checked out at the Information Desk. Books that will be left in the carrel need to have a green carrel flag in each book. This flag alerts staff that the book is checked out and will prevent it from being returned to the stacks. Carrel flags are available at the Information Desk. Access Services staff members reserve the right to inspect the carrel at any time during the semester. Materials not checked out will be removed and returned to circulation. Books are subject to recall and must be returned immediately.
- Periodicals, reference books, reserve materials and Interlibrary Loan books may not be kept in the carrel.
- The Library will not be responsible for damage, theft, or loss to personal property left in the carrel. You will be responsible for the replacement costs of missing Library materials checked out to you.
- Adjacent carrels are in use – please be courteous.
- Carrel reservations are for the academic year, September-May. Please return all books to the Access Services Department and remove other materials from the carrel by the May due date.
- Carrel assignee will abide by the library Food and Drink Policy. No food is allowed in the carrel overnight.
- Misuse of the carrel may result in the loss of carrel privileges.
The student assigned to the carrel has first rights to its use. It is assumed that others will use the carrel when it is not in use. The carrel assignee has the right to ask other users to move when the carrel is needed.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are not allowed in Wallace Library in Fall 2021. Privately contracted tutors are considered visitors.
Once college policy around campus visitors changes, the following policy will apply.
Tutors who provide their services to Wheaton students on a privately contracted basis are visitors who must comply with the college's visitor policy, as well as library policies and procedures:
- Private tutors must be accompanied by their student tutee and register at the Information Desk upon arrival. Be prepared to show a valid ID to receive a visitor’s pass.
- The Library has designated one space on the Periodical’s Level near the stairwell of the marble staircase as our library tutoring space. It is appropriately placed to honor the need for quiet for all students and to respect the privacy of the tutee. The area is for tutors on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Other space may be assigned at the discretion of Library staff.
- The tutoring space is available until 8pm Sun-Thu and until 3pm on Fri during the academic year, including exam period, and until the library closes during the non-academic year.
- Private tutors must observe appropriate standards of conduct while using the Library.
We appreciate your cooperation in complying with these policies and procedures.
Non-Wheaton affiliated tutors must work with Conference & Events services to establish a contract to use Wheaton facilities.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are not allowed in Wallace Library in Fall 2021.
Once College restrictions on visitors are lifted, Wallace Library will again welcome visitors to the building under the following circumstances:
Visitors are welcome to use the facilities and resources of the Wallace Library Mon-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri 8am-3pm, and Sunday 12pm-7pm. On Saturdays, HELIN consortium and Wheaton affiliates are welcome between 12pm-5pm. During breaks and summer the library is open to visitors during regular posted hours. During final exam periods the library is closed to all visitors with the exception of HELIN consortium members. The Marion B. Gebbie Archives & Special Collections, located in the Library, is open to visitors by appointment only.
Visitors must register at the Information Desk upon arrival and show a valid ID to receive a visitor’s pass for that day. Guests under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.
Because the Wallace Library’s primary purpose is to support the curricular, teaching, research, and administrative needs of the Wheaton College community, precedence will be given to Wheaton College students, faculty, and staff in the use of all library facilities and resources at all times.
Visitors’ Access to Computing and Information Resources
All computers, printers, scanners and photocopiers in the library are for academic, instructional, and research purposes. After receiving a username and password at the Information Desk, visitors are permitted to use one of the Visitor Stations to access the Internet and library resources. All visitors are expected to comply with college policy for the Acceptable Use of Campus Network and Computing Systems.
Staff availability and priorities will limit assistance offered to visitors.
Wireless service is available for computers only throughout the building: the required password may be obtained at the Information Desk. Printing is not available through your laptop, only at the designated Visitor Stations.