Visitor Policies


Access Update for Community Members

In light of the developing situation around COVID-19, the Wardman Library has made changes to its access policies. With guidance from Whittier College's administration, we are restricting building access to those with a Whittier College ID. Please contact us at with any questions or concerns.

Borrowing Privileges

Individuals who wish to use the general library collection may apply for a Courtesy Card. Courtesy cards enable non-Whittier College users to check out materials from the Library but do not confer printing and copying privileges, interlibrary loan services, or off-campus database access. The annual fee for courtesy cards is $75 per individual, or $125 for a shared card for married couples and domestic partners. Courtesy card holders may check out up to 3 books and/or DVDs at one time.

The following patrons are entitled to a free courtesy card, which expires one year after it is issued: 

  • Whittier College alumni
  • Whittier Law School alumni
  • Whittier-area teachers with proof of their institutional affiliation
  • Whittier clergy
  • John Greenleaf Society members

For more about courtesy cards and non-Whittier College user expectations, please consult our Non-Whittier College Users & Courtesy Cards policy document.

Wifi Access

Wardman Library provides visitor wi-fi access on a selective basis through the “Visitor” network. Access is limited to the following non-College patrons:

  • Wardman Library Courtesy Card holders
  • Current Whittier College students’ family members
  • Whittier-area teachers and administrators (must provide proof of their affiliation)
  • Faculty members and staff from Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) institutions
  • Clergy from Whittier churches
  • Whittier College and Whittier Law School alumni
  • John Greenleaf Whittier Society members

To obtain wi-fi access as a visitor, please visit the Circulation Desk between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and ask to speak with a Library Services Specialist.