The library, as a part of the Olin Community, uses the Olin Honor Code as its guiding principal in setting library policy.

Visitors from neighboring colleges and the general public are permitted to use the Olin College Library during public library hours. However, priority for library services and resources is given to members of the Olin community.

Food and drink is permitted in the library.

Circulation Policy

Currently, only those with Olin ID cards, Olin alumni, and members of schools with whom Olin College has reciprocal agreements (Babson and Wellesley) can check out materials from the Olin College Library. Library books may be checked out for 4 weeks. CDs may be checked out for 21 days and movies and DVDs may be checked out for 3 days. Library cards are not available to the general public, but these patrons may use books and most electronic resources within the library.

Reserve books may be checked out for 3 hours by Olin users only. All others must use reserve books within the library. Audio-visual materials on reserve for a class must be watched in the library.

Overdue fees are not currently charged, but borrowers will incur replacement fees for lost or damaged books .


Primary users - Olin students, faculty, and staff have full use of the facilities and services of the Olin College Library. The following services are available only to the students, faculty, and staff of Olin College:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Document delivery via vendors

Olin alumni – Please see Alumni Services page.

Gift Policy

The Olin College Library welcomes the donation of materials by authors with an Olin affiliation and materials that support curricula or faculty research and are compatible with the Library’s collection development goals. Gifts will be evaluated based on their condition, quality, age, and relevance to the curriculum prior to becoming part of the library’s holdings. Items which were published prior to 2000, are marked personal copies, instructor review copies of textbooks, workbooks, case studies, photocopies, conference proceedings, and items marked with a highlighter or otherwise damaged are examples of items we cannot consider for the collection and therefore cannot accept as a gift. Donated and accepted items that are not incorporated into the collection will be given to Olin students, sent to another library, sent to a book reseller, or discarded. Please email if you have items to donate or if you have questions about the Gift/Donation Policy.

Collections Policy

All Olin community members may make suggestions for new library resources to be purchased. Librarians make final decisions about what will be added to the library collection. These decisions are guided by the collections model and recommendations from selected members of the Olin community. Please see the full Collection Development Policy at

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Policy

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is available to members of the Olin community only. Librarians will attempt to borrow materials not held by the Olin College Library from other libraries around the country. The Olin College Library will abide by CONTU guidelines (see pages 18-19) when obtaining copies. This service is provided at no charge. The Olin College Library also provides materials to other libraries through ILL at no charge to the borrowing institutions. In some circumstances when materials are not available through ILL or if materials are needed urgently, librarians may obtain materials through other paid document providers.

Privacy Policy

The Olin College Library maintains the privacy of patron circulation records as recommended by the American Library Association. Requests for research or reference consultation will also remain confidential. Paper and electronic records containing information about patrons are kept to the minimum needed to maintain library workflows. Information about patron records will be released to authorities only when required by law.
See: An Interpretation of the "Library Bill of Rights".

Unattended Child Policy

Campus facilities are designed for use by members of the campus community. The campus community includes students, faculty, staff, and sanctioned visitors. The Olin College Library welcomes children of the community sufficiently mature to not disturb others’ study and accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Children 13 years and younger must not be left unattended in the library.

The safety and security of children is very important and is the responsibility of the parent or adult caregiver. The Olin College Library is open to the public, a situation that can present risks to children. Staff cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety and comfort when they are unattended.

Please note:

  1. A child 13 and under must be under the supervision of an adult who assumes responsibility for him or her while in the library.
  2. Parents and adults must monitor all activities and behavior of their children while they are in the library and are responsible for any damage to property done by the child.
  3. Olin students, faculty, and staff have priority use of computers and group study rooms.
If a child is left unattended in the library, or in the event of an emergency situation, staff will notify security.

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