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Clark Family Library Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Continuation of Library Services

Continuation of Library Services

In response to Governor Wolf's mandate, Washington & Jefferson College has ceased operation of physical locations, including the libraryuntil further notice. All instruction has been moved online through the end of Summer Session I. The library staff under direction from the college will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as necessary. For the most up-to-date information on the college's response to Coronavirus please continue to check the Coronavirus Update page

Clark Family Library will continue to provide the services and resources listed on this page.

Information will be added as it becomes available. Students and instructors should check this page frequently for updates.

Access to Research


All online resources that can be accessed through while on campus, are still available to the W&J community from off-campus. Visit our Accessing Library Resources Remotely page for more information. Some resources will require users to log in with their W&J username & password.

Research Help

Library staff are available to answer research questions or to provide help with using online resources. 

Chat services are available Monday-Friday from 9 AM- 4PM. To contact your subject liaison librarian, email them directly.

Research Guides are also available to help point you towards resources that may be beneficial to you. These guides are organized by subject in the default view but if you click on All Guides, you might find guides created for your specific class. 

Teaching & Instruction


  • Librarians will continue to provide instructional support by collaborating with instructors as needed.
  • We hope that during this time of uncertainty that Professors will encourage students to reach out to the librarians for research help.
  • To request instructional support, visit our Information Literacy Instruction page

Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan requests for articles or book chapters will be processed as we are able.

Requests for physical materials will NOT be processed.



Access to the archives & special collections are unavailable for as long as the building remains closed.

Returning Materials


W&J owned materials: We will not be assessing fines for overdue items at this time. All due dates have been modified to August 31, 2020.  We ask that you use the following guidelines for return of library materials:

  • Seniors:  1) when you return to campus to retrieve personal items  2) when you return for Commencement
  • Returning Students:  1) when you return to campus to retrieve personal items  2) when you return for fall semester
  • Faculty and Staff:  1) when campus reopens  2) by the extended due date of August 31, 2020

If you have questions about the the return of your library items, please email Jayne Silfee,

Interlibrary Loans or EZ Borrow: If you have an Interlibrary Loan or EZ Borrow item that is due, please follow the guidelines outlined above or e-mail Most other libraries are extending due dates and waiving fines like we are for now. 

Although our library is closed and you are under no obligation to do so, you are welcome to return items in our book drop at any time.