Access Policies

  • The Library space is open Monday - Thursday, 10am to 5pm and Friday, 9am to 3pm. Reference services are available in the evenings and on weekends via email.
  • The Library on-site collection is open to the Gratz community, students, and interested scholars. Visiting researchers should call ahead and make an appointment with the Librarian to access our Special Collections or for specific in-depth work. All guests must sign in at the College front desk. The Library offers one (1) public access computer and free wi-fi. We recommend that you bring your own device.
  • Borrowing items that circulate is free of charge and is limited to ten (10) concurrent items, generally for a period of three (3) weeks. Materials may be renewed unless it has been requested by another patron. Overdue fines will be charged on materials returned past the stated due date.
  • Materials not part of the collection may be obtained through interlibrary loan (ILL), governed by the rules of the lending library. All interlibrary loan requests must be submitted to the librarian; requests should be expected to take from 1 hour for emailed journal articles, up to 2 weeks for printed books.
  • Online subscription database access is for currently enrolled students only. Students must contact the Librarian to obtain login credentials.
  • The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive is open on Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm, by appointment: 215-635-7300 x130.
  • Gratz College is a member of the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC). This provides an opportunity for those in the Gratz College community to utilize other college libraries in the region. Borrowing privileges are among the benefits; access to ebooks, ejournals and databases are not included. The mission of TCLC is to better serve our learning communities by providing professional development and facilitating resource sharing among member libraries. As a member of TCLC, Gratz College faculty and student have access to the libraries that are members of this group. Here is the member directory.

A letter of introduction may be downloaded here from the TCLC website. Once it is signed by the Gratz librarian, access and borrowing privileges are extended to the holder of the letter.