COVID-19 - Library Response

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

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 by appointment only. If possible and in keeping with social distancing, we recommend that you use 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.

Accessing Materials 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

Book Chapters

Scanned book chapters can be requested online by visiting

Locally Held Print Resources

Faculty may request locally held books and resources for pickup at Buswell Library (Main), or, may visit the library by appointment to select resources from the stacks.


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.    

Renewals and Fines

Overdue fines for books and other library materials have been suspended. All locally owned books and materials will be due August 31, even if an earlier due date appears in your account. ILLiad and I-Share items may be kept until May.

Returning Library Materials
For Wheaton College users who are not able to leave materials in the book drop but wish to return them via Media Mail, books should be mailed to:

Wheaton College
Attn: Buswell Delivery
924 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Research Assistance

Buswell Library will be offering live, chat reference between 9am-9pm (CDT) every Monday through Thursday, 9am-5pm on Friday (CDT), and 1pm-5pm (CDT) every Saturday. Subject Librarians are available for remote consultations or via email. 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. The BGC Archives and the Wade Center are also closed.