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Access Services

Everything you need to know about working in access services and operations at the Circulation desk.

At a Glance

For a quick look at borrowing times and renewals, check here.

Collections & Borrowing Policies

Items in our general collection include DVDs, Fiction books, and everything in the stacks on the Mezzanine (except for the Periodicals). 

Permanent Reserves, Course Reserves, Reference books, Periodicals, (magazines and newspaper), Architecture Theses, and yearbooks may not leave the Library at any time.

When a book on display is charged out and returns to us, a pop-up on Voyager reading "Temporary Item Location" will appear once the book is discharged.  

After clicking "OK," check the "FYI" column on the screen.

If the column reads "route to WIT display," place the book on the returns shelf above "Pre-Shelving (Dewey)" that reads "FYI."

All Reserve items are located on the shelves behind the Circulation desk.  All items have a loan period of up to THREE (3) hours and may not leave the Library at any time. Scan the patron's ID before the scanning the item's barcode, as usual. Be sure to inform the patron at what time the item is due and that it may not leave the Library.

Current periodicals and newspapers are located in the cafe area and we only keep back issues of newspapers for up to one month. Older periodicals are located in the stacks closest to the study rooms on the Mezzanine.

Periodicals and newspapers cannot be charged out to anyone and may not leave the Library.

Like our Reserve items, accessories can only be circulated for up to THREE (3) hours and may not leave the Library at any time. Additionally, all items circulated in the red or yellow bags MUST be returned with the bags.

As of 5/10/2019, we have the following accessories to circulate:

  • DisplayPort to HDTV Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Four-Port USB 2.0 HUB
  • Headphones
  • Headset
  • High-Speed HDMI 2.0 Cable
  • Lenovo AC Adapter/Charger P50
  • Mac 85W Magsafe 2 Power Adapter
  • Mac USB-C Chargers
  • Razer Laptop Chargers
  • Razer USB-C Laptop Chargers
  • HP Laptop Chargers
  • iPhone Chargers
  • Android Chargers (Micro USB and USB-C)
  • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable
  • Mouse
  • Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter
  • VGA to HDMI Adapter​
  • External DVD players
  • Blu-Ray/DVD players
  • Microphone
  • Keyboards
  • Mini-multimeter
  • Webcam

Museum passes are located in the top locked drawer in the middle of the Circulation desk (to the right of the second computer from the left, when facing into the Library). If the key is not in the drawer, it is located in the left lock box and is one of the keys with the Library logo keychain.

  • The Design Museum: 6 passes. May be checked out by faculty/staff/students.

  • Harvard Art Museums: 7 passes; each admits 2 adults. May be checked out by faculty/staff/students.

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISG): 1 paper pass for each day of the year; faculty or staff (not students) may use the pass to bring a guest when they show their ID at the Museum. Passes are not charged in Voyager and do not need to be returned. Faculty, Staff, and Students can enter for free.

  • Museum of Fine Arts (MFA): We no longer lend out passes to the MFA. All Faculty, Staff, and Students can enter for free upon showing their Wentworth ID.

The Architecture clipping files are located in the office area in the long filing cabinet labeled "clipping files." All files are ordered alphabetically.

To charge files to a patron, scan the barcode on the front of the green folder.  Keep in mind that the files, like Reserve items, are only loaned out for 3 hours at a time. Inform the patron to make sure that all files are back in the folder upon return.