Widener University has relaxed its rules for local Chester residents wishing to use it’s Wolfgram Library.

In an open letter to residents, Samuel R. Stormont, library interim director, said changes to the library’s visitor policy will make it easier and more affordable for residents to take advantages of resources the library has to offer.

He said the $15 fee for a Community Borrower’s library card has been suspended for residents and the required age for admission has been dropped from 19 to 18. This means Chester residents 18 or older can now apply for a card for free. The card is good for one year and permits the holder to borrow up to two books at a time for a period of four weeks, with one renewal.

The College Access Center (CAC) will provide access to the library’s research databases to members of the community under age 18, with staff available to provide assistance.
The CAC is located at 400 E. 21 St., Chester. Its phone number is 610-499-1391.

Visitors will have a designated space for access to computers and the internet for their research needs.

During times of the greatest demand by Widener students and faculty, Stormont said, such as during final exams and during late night hours, the university limits public access to the library.
To view the updated library visitor policy, which describes the registration process and requirements, please visit Widener’s policy

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