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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 Collection

Items in our general collection include:

  • Dewey books (on the Mezzanine)
  • DVDs
  • Fiction books 

These items may not leave the Library at any time:

  • Course Reserves
  • Reference books
  • Periodicals (magazines and newspapers)
  • Architecture Theses
  • Yearbooks

Items with Temporary Locations

When an item is returned to us, sometimes 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 FYI column reads "route to WIT display," place the book on the returns shelf above "Dewey Returns" that reads "Temp. Loc."

Items that may have temporary locations:

  • Course Reserves (NOTE: these should be placed in Dewey order on the Course Reserves shelf)
  • Dewey Books on Display
  • Fiction Books on Display
  • DVDs on Display

Course Reserves

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.

Newspapers & Periodicals

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, peripherals 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.

We have the following peripherals to circulate:

  • Adapters
    • Thunderbolt-ethernet
    • Thunderbolt-USB
    • Display port to HDMI
    • Mini display port to HDMI
    • VGA to HDMI
    • 4 port USB hub
  • Cables
    • A/V
    • Ethernet
    • HDMI
  • Calculators
  • Chargers
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Mac
    • Lenovo (P40, W530)
    • Microsoft surface charger
  • Dry Erase Marker Set
  • Extension Cord
  • Headphones
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones 
  • Microphone/Headphones Set
  • Computer Mouse
  • Digital Calipers (7-day loan)
  • Digital Multimeter
  • Power Strip
  • DVD external player (Region 1/NTSC and Region 2/PAL) (7-day loan)
  • DVD/Blu-Ray player
  • Art storage tubes (37" long): these may be borrowed for 3 days (WIT students, faculty, and staff only)

Museum Passes

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, these passes are unavailable.

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.

Architectural Maps

The Architecture Maps are located in the pre-shelving area.

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 and cannot leave the Library. Inform the patron to make sure that all files are back in the folder upon return.