COVID-19 - Library Response

Buswell Library (Main) will be closed effective Monday (March 23). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Request materials at

General Inquiries

Essential library personnel will be onsite between 8am and 4pm every Monday through Friday. For general inquiries about library resources and services please contact:

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Faculty Access

Faculty will have access to Buswell Library (Main) collections by appointment only. If possible and in keeping with social distancing, we recommend that all Wheaton College users access library services for scanning or print book checkout through the order process. An email will be sent to you with scans attached, notice of mailing to your address, or directions for pickup at Buswell, as specified in your order. If you need to browse the collection to select materials in support of your remote teaching, please schedule a collection visit by calling (630) 752-5354.

Requesting Materials, Scanning, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Articles and Books Unavailable Online

All interlibrary loan (ILLiad and I-Share) services have been suspended in compliance with governmental mandates. Wheaton College users may request scanned journal articles, provided they are held locally by Buswell Library, by visiting An email will be sent to you with scans attached.

Journal Articles
Wheaton College users may request scanned journal articles, provided they are held locally by Buswell Library, by visiting An email will be sent to you with scans attached.

Book Chapters

Wheaton College users may request scanned book chapters online by visiting An email will be sent to you with scans attached. 

Locally Held Print Resources

Wheaton College users may request locally held books and resources for pickup at Buswell Library (Main) by visiting An email will be sent to you with a notice of mailing to your address or directions for pickup at Buswell, as specified in your order.


Buswell Library's priority is maintaining user access to the library's vast collections of electronic journals and ebooks. Additionally, many new databases and ebooks are available to our campus for the remainder of the semester.

If you encounter a resource to which you are denied access, try adding the proxy URL prefix to the beginning of the article URL. The proxy URL will always be the same:

Renewals and Fines

Overdue fines for books and other library materials have been suspended. To renew I-Share and ILLiad books please visit All locally owned books and materials will be due August 31, even if an earlier due date appears in your account. All books and other materials should be returned to Buswell Library, I-Share and ILLiad materials should be returned to Buswell Library.

Returning Library Materials
Wheaton College users who are not able to leave materials in the book drop may obtain a pre-paid  postage label by visiting A label will be emailed to you within two business days to affix to a package and return through the United States Post Office system.

Research Assistance

Buswell Library will be offering live, chat reference between 9am-9pm (CDT) every Monday through Thursday, 9am-5pm on Friday (CDT). Subject Librarians are available for remote consultations or via For full details about research help please visit /covid19distancelearning

Course Reserves

Buswell Library is committed to assisting faculty with scanning for course reserves. To request scanned items for your class, please visit  

Information Literacy Instruction

Buswell Library will continue to offer information literacy instruction throughout the spring term. All library instruction will be delivered remotely. For further information faculty are encouraged to contact their Subject Librarian.  

Streaming Video

All members of the Wheaton College campus may view streamed videos via several streaming services.

Special Collections and Archives

Buswell Library Special Collections is closed through the summer in order to prioritize the health and safety of our visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are in alignment with the guidelines of Wheaton College and the regulations of the State of Illinois. We anticipate welcoming researchers back via scheduled appointments after the beginning of the Wheaton College fall academic term with safety protocols in place. More details on research visit scheduling will be forthcoming.

In the meantime reference staff and limited services will continue to be available. Please contact Special Collections staff at with any questions, and review our website for access to our catalog and collection descriptions.  

Announcements and more information about Wheaton College’s planning around the COVID-19 virus are available. We apologize to our visitors for this inconvenience, and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

The BGC Archives and the Wade Center are also closed.