This section describes how print books circulate, including how to check out books, how long books circulate, and how books are to be returned.
Students, faculty, and staff should present their Meadville ID when checking out books in-person. If a patron does not have their Meadville ID with them when checking out books, they may be asked for a second form of photo ID.
Alum and Community patrons should present their Meadville Lombard borrowing card when checking out books in-person.
Patrons from I-Share libraries must present their school ID and/or library card to check out books from the Wiggin Library or any other I-Share school.
Patrons from ACTS schools must present a photo or school ID and their ACTS library card when checking out books. Students from ACTS schools without an ACTS library card should contact the staff at their school’s library for assistance.
In-Person at Meadville Lombard. All patrons can check out and return Wiggin Library and I-Share books at the library in-person. The library is accessible by appointment from 9:00am to 4:00pm CST, Monday through Friday. In addition, the library has regularly scheduled open hours posted on the website and expanded hours during Intensives. It is strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment for any library visit outside of Intensives. For patrons without a Meadville Lombard ID, scheduled appointments are required for all visits so we can notify security to let you into the library. In-person book return can be done at the circulation desk during open hours or items can be left in the book return mailbox in Atherton Lounge.
All patrons with I-Share privileges have the option to pick-up and return both Wiggin Library and I-Share books at any of the I-Share libraries in Illinois using their Meadville Lombard ID with an active library barcode.
In most instances, students, faculty, alums, and community patrons have the option to borrow and return library material through mail. Any book in the Wiggin Library circulating collection published after 1870 (depending on condition) can be shipped directly to patrons anywhere in the United States. I-Share eligible patrons may receive and return I-Share books by mail, as well. The Library covers the cost of shipping library items to patrons, with patrons paying the return shipping. Library materials can be sent via USPS using library rate or media mail.
For more information about how to borrow and returns books through the mail, see the USPS Delivery - Borrowing and Returning Books by Mail section of the Using the Online Catalog guide.
Graduate Students (Wiggin Library and I-Share): Unlimited number of books checked out at a time for 4 weeks each, with renewals up to 4 months
LIGHT Students (Wiggin Library only): Unlimited number of books checked out at a time for 4 weeks each, with renewals up to 4 months
Faculty and Staff (Wiggin Library and I-Share): Unlimited number of books checked out at a time for 4 weeks each, with renewals up to 4 months
Community Members (Wiggin Library only): 3 books checked out at a time for 4 weeks each, with renewals up to 4 months
Alums (Wiggin Library only): 5 books checked out at a time for 4 weeks each, with renewals up to 4 months
The majority of books in Wiggin Library circulate to all students, faculty/staff, alums, and community patrons, both through in-person or mail circulation. Fragile or difficult to replace material is circulated at the discretion of library staff. Books published prior to 1870 will not be circulated by mail and have to be accessed in the library.
All eligible items in the Main Stacks are available for I-Share and OCLC Interlibrary Loan.
Any patrons who find an item listed in the catalog that is neither checked out nor on the shelf should notify the library staff so that we can correct that system.
All Wiggin Library books in the general collection and I-Share books are subject to recall. Wiggin Library items on course reserve will not be recalled.