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About the Library

The University of Delaware Library includes the Hugh M. Morris Library, the main library; two branch libraries located on the Newark campus, the Chemistry Library and the Physics Library; and a third branch library, the Marine Studies Library, located in Lewes, Delaware.

The collections of the University of Delaware Library parallel the academic interests of the University of Delaware and are broadly based and comprehensive. The collections include over 2,800,000 books and bound periodicals plus over 410,000 electronic books and over 37,000 electronic journals. Books, periodicals, electronic resources, databases, electronic books, electronic journals, microforms, government publications, maps, manuscripts, media, political papers especially of Delaware public officials and access to information via the Internet provide a major academic resource for the University of Delaware, the surrounding community, the state of Delaware and the nation. The University of Delaware Library is a depository library for U.S. government publications; a patent depository for U.S. patents; and a repository for state of Delaware publications. Library staff members provide a wide range of in-person, online and telephone services including reference, circulation, interlibrary loan, instructional programs, assistance to users working on multimedia projects and assistance to users with disabilities.

The University of Delaware Library is an innovator in identifying, acquiring and making accessible a broad range of electronic library resources. The University of Delaware Library constantly updates the technology and adds resources for students, faculty and staff to provide the most current and convenient information resources and services to its users. Memberships of the University of Delaware Library include the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, CIRLA (Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance), the Coalition for Networked Information, NACO (Name Authority Cooperative Program), OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), including the OCLC Research Library Partnership, LYRASIS, the New England Research Libraries Consortium (NERL) and the HathiTrust. The University of Delaware Library is also a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) which promotes health information, education and/or access in the Mid-Atlantic Region which includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. To enhance interlibrary loan service, the Library is also a member of RAPID.

Library Hours of Service

The University of Delaware Library provides access to electronic resources 24 hours a day via the Library web []. Library users may call 302-831-BOOK for Library hours of the Morris Library and branch libraries or check the Library web for Library hours. The Morris Library is open a total of 114 hours a week. Hours during holidays and intersessions vary. Regular semester hours for the Morris Library and more are available directly at [].

Library Web

The website [] of the University of Delaware Library is accessible globally. The Library web is the place to begin using the Library online and provides thousands of links to all types of information including access to DELCAT, WorldCat Local, databases, electronic journals and newspapers, electronic books, Research Guides, finding aids for Special Collections and many other types of information and services.

DELCAT: Library Online Catalog

DELCAT, the University of Delaware Library online catalog, contains information about the Library collection and also provides links to electronic journals, electronic books and other resources. DELCAT [], which is web-based, may be accessed from anywhere in the world.

WorldCat Local

The University of Delaware Library offers access to WorldCat Local, the world’s largest network of library-based content and services. WorldCat Local provides over 2,000,000,000 (two billion) items and growing from over 23,000 libraries around the world including the University of Delaware Library and WorldCat Local is available from the Library web at [].


More than 370 licensed databases are provided by the University of Delaware Library for use. Each database allows searching of many thousands of publications at once. Some databases are general in nature and cover virtually all disciplines, and others are specific subject-oriented. Some databases are “full text” and include entire articles and some databases include citations and summaries. The Library web [] provides a direct link to “Databases.” Remote access to licensed databases is available only to University of Delaware students, faculty and staff.

Electronic Journals and Electronic Books

The University of Delaware Library subscribes (in addition to over 5,000 print journals and newspapers) to over 37,000 electronic journals and over which cover all disciplines and are licensed for use by University of Delaware students, faculty and staff. Entire articles from the eJournals are available online to search, read and print. The Library collection includes over410,000 electronic books. The Library web [] provides a direct link to electronic journals.

Electronic Services

Numerous electronic services are offered by the University of Delaware Library. Examples of electronic services are:

Library electronic services are available via the Library web or directly at []. The University of Delaware Library has an Institutional Repository called UDSpace which uses open source DSpace software to capture, store, index, preserve and redistribute the intellectual output of the University of Delaware original research of faculty and staff in digital form including technical reports, working papers, conference papers, images and more. The name of this service has changed from DSpace to become UDSpace [].

Morris Library Building and Services

The Morris Library provides: seating for more than 2,500 people; wireless access throughout the Morris Library with plentiful access to electric outlets for laptops and other devices; more than 245 computer workstations accessible to users; more than 200 laptop connections for University of Delaware users to connect personal laptops including all graduate carrels; a current periodical reading room; self-service photocopiers; microform reader/printers including a digital microform workstation; large reading rooms; small research studies which faculty may reserve; small graduate carrels which graduate students may reserve; a computing site; a GIS workstation; special equipment and areas to assist users with disabilities; an instructional media area and viewing room; 31 small group study rooms for use by students in groups; a handsome Special Collections area including an exhibition gallery and a reading room with a controlled environmental system for rare materials; the Student Multimedia Design Center with 80 workstations and 6 studios and many other areas and services. Bleecker Street café, which is operated by the University of Delaware Dining Services, is located in the Commons just inside the Morris Library entrance.


Users may print from networked printers connected to computer workstations by using University of Delaware I.D. cards or University of Delaware Library copy cards on print release stations to pay for printing. The cost is 5 cents per single-side copy or 4 cents per side for double-sided copy for black/white. Color printers and color photocopies are available for an additional fee. Funds may be added to University of Delaware I.D. cards and Library Copy Cards may be purchased in the Student Multimedia Design Center on the Lower Level of the Morris Library.

Services to Delaware Public Schools

The University of Delaware Library administers a state-supported program called UDLib/SEARCH which provides access via the web to online periodicals and databases to all K-12 public schools in Delaware, and including training for teachers, librarians and technical support. More information about UDLib/SEARCH is available at []. Information for teachers and schools who wish to bring student groups to the Library is available on the web at [].

University of Delaware Library Associates

Founded in 1958, the University of Delaware Library Associates, the “friends group” of the University of Delaware Library, works to enrich the research collections of the University of Delaware Library through gifts from individuals, funds raised by programs and donations of significant books. New members are actively solicited for membership with an annual minimum fee of $35.00 per year or a special student rate of $5.00. The membership brochure [] may be found on the Library web or a printed brochure may be requested by sending an email message to [] or by calling 302-831-2231.

Size of Collections (2012/2013)

Books and bound periodicals
over 2,800,000
E-Books over 87,000
Microforms over 3,400,000
Electronic and print journals including newspapers over 42,000
--E-journals and E-newspapers (subset of above) over 37,000
Other resources (DVDs, maps, etc.) over 490,000
Databases over 370
Research guides to the Internet over 220
Linear feet of manuscripts and archives over 8,800

Use Statistics (2012/2013)

Items checked out
over 330,000
Items used in building
over 330,000
Individuals entering Morris Library
over 790,000
Virtual visits on Library web over 1,500,000
Page views on the Library Web over 3,500,000
Reference questions over 140,000
Interlibrary loans over 40,000
User education provided to individuals over 10,000
User education provided to groups over 500
Public computer workstations over 245

Revised October 8, 2013