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Distance Education | Student Resources

This guide includes information and library resources for distance education (online) students.

Current ILLiad Restrictions due to COVID-19

Students, faculty and staff can order:

articles, book chapters, and conference papers. 

No book requests at this time. 

Lending libraries are not filling book requests.

Welcome Distance Education Students

As a student enrolled in a Distance Learning program at Widener University you have access to all Wolfgram Library collections including print books, eBooks, academic journals, databases, and more. The Wolfgram Library also offers reference assistant services both in person and online.

Use the tabs to navigate the different library resources and to find more information about how to access the library resources from off campus.

Program Specific Subject LibGuides

Navigate to the subject guides to view multitude of top resources from all corners of the Wolfgram Library collection and the web. With subject specific research tips, access to frequently asked questions and links to your subjects liaison librarian, these guides serve as the launch point for your research and the place you return to when looking for help.

Research Assistance for Off Campus Students

Reference assistance is provided by all Wolfgram reference librarians. This includes finding specific facts, guiding you in the creation of a search strategy, and helping guide you in your research.

Choose from the following methods of contact:

  • Online Chat: Get research assistance from your librarians at the point of need. For your convenience we have embedded our chat functionality throughout the majority of library provided resources.
  • Phone: 610-499-4073
  • Text (SMS): Text us 610-624-5423
  • eMail:
  • Self Guided Instruction: The Wolfram Librarians have created an extensive collection of online tutorials and guides to help you in your research. Use these guides to learn about the research process, navigating resources, managing citations, and much more. Access the library tutorial guides.

What You Need to Login

Distance education learners have access to all digital services by using either your Widener login ID and password OR your library barcode number located on the back of your Widener ID or Library Research Card.  You can also search for your barcode number in MyWidener.

As a Distance Education Students (enrolled ONLY in distance education programs), you should have a Library Research Card which will allow you to enter the Library, borrow books, use ILLiad | Interlibrary Loan, and access the library resources from off-campus.

To access the library resources from off-campus: You can enter:

Your Widener Login/Canvas username & password


Username -= First and Last Name    Password = the 14 digit barcode # on the back of your Widener ID or Library Research Card

Log into library databases or library catalog using Widener ID login OR name and barcode number










Don't have a Library Research Card?sample library research card

You can request a Library Research card from the Campus1card Office.

To request a Library Research Card, send an email to:

The email should include the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Student ID Number
  • Classes Attending and Semester
  • Home Address
  • Phone Number

Once the Campus1Card Office receives the email request, a Library Research Card will be mailed.  Cards typically arrive within a week, but it sometimes can take longer to reach mailing addresses outside the United States.  After the Library Research Card has been printed and mailed a returned email will be sent advising the card is on the way.

If you have any questions or problems, please call the Campus1card Office: 610-499-4145


If your barcode login is not working, try the following:

  • Clear the cache on the browser you are using. 
  • Try using a different browser. Note: Chrome has been known to not work properly. Try using Firefox or Explorer.

Library Research Card FAQs

Access to Libraries Near You

The Wolfgram Library now will mail books requested through InterLibrary Loan to the borrowers home! Only Distance Education Students will have their Book requests mailed directly to them.  Make sure you specify that you are a Distance Education Student in the "Note" section of the ILLiad request.

The library also offers access to many resources in electronic format and to other libraries. Before pursuing these options you must first have either a Widener ID Card or a Library Research Card.


If the book or article you're looking for is not owned by the Wolfgram Library then you need the services of Interlibrary Loan. This service obtains materials from other libraries worldwide on your behalf. Only main campus graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and administration who have an active library patron record (with a barcode) are eligible for this service. Requests must be made using either the ILLiad electronic form or through a link in one of the library's databases. Registration through the ILLiad system is required prior to your first request. Unregistered users' requests will not be processed. There may be charges if the lending library does not lend for free. Please indicate your willingness to pay the $10 charge in these cases. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at 610-449-4070.

Many regional academic libraries allow current Widener students to use their facilities.  If you are interested in gaining access to another regional academic library, please contact the Manager of User and Access Services, at 610-499-4068 for more information.