Mission and Policies

ALERT: The library is closed for summer 2021. Library services are available online only.

Mission of the Library

The mission of the Horrmann Library is to identify, acquire, maintain, preserve, and provide access to information and research in support of academic programs offered by the college. Library staff seek to enhance the information literacy skills of patrons through instruction, work cooperatively with faculty to build appropriate collections in a variety of formats, adopt advances in information technology to library operations, establish and maintain cooperative agreements for resource sharing with other libraries, and encourage research and continued learning.
Our goals are to:

  • Participate actively in the instructional process as a “teaching library” to promote information literacy.
  • Promote understanding of the library’s research capabilities and encourage the use of its resources and services.
  • Provide relevant, well-organized, and carefully selected materials for users of the library.
  • Facilitate access to off-campus sources of information.
  • Make the electronic resources of the library fully available to faculty and students both on and off the campus.
  • Solicit and secure appropriate financial support for the continuation and expansion of library operations.
  • Provide a positive, friendly, and inviting atmosphere for staff, students and faculty.


Wagner College is a private educational institution, as is the Horrmann Library. Full access to the Library is granted only to current Wagner College students, faculty and Staff. Access to any other members of the public is limited to:
  • Wagner College Alumni and “Community Patron” card holders. Alumni and Community Patrons must present valid Alumni or Community Patron ID cards upon entering the library.
  • Wagner College "Lifelong Learners" with current valid Wagner ID. LifeLong Learners must be enrolled in classes at Wagner College and must present valid Wagner ID cards upon entering the library.
  • METRO Referral Card holders. Non-Wagner students with a valid METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) Referral card. METRO referral cards are provided by another METRO member library to allow the user to consult print materials in our library (card allows one-time access and must be surrendered to reference librarian upon use). METRO referral access is only permitted during hours when a reference librarian is present in the library.
  • Exception: Alumni and Community Patrons may NOT use the library during Finals Weeks as study space is required by current Wagner College students.
  • Exceptions may be made to this policy at the discretion of the Dean of the Library.
Download the Alumni Card Application Download the Community Patron Card Application Download the Lifelong Learner Information Sheet
A. Library use, including borrowing privileges:
See our complete Access and Borrowing Chart for details (click image to enlarge or download):
B. Reserve Books
Materials that are required reading for the entire class may be put on Reserve, including selected course textbooks. Reserve materials are kept at the Circulation Desk and students may request these items by providing the Instructor's name, the course number and title of each item. Reserve items are for library use only, unless specified by the instructor. A maximum of three (3) reserve items may be borrowed at one time.
C. Student Circulation Guidelines
A Wagner College ID card, validated each semester, serves as a library card. It must be presented at the Circulation Desk to check out materials. The student is responsible for all materials checked out on his/her card. If the ID is lost or stolen, it must be reported to the Public Safety Office. Regular circulating books and CDs may be borrowed for the semester. A book may be renewed, provided another patron has not requested it. Up to three (3) DVDs or VHS tapes may be borrowed at one time. During intersession students may not borrow materials without proof of registration for the following semester.
College Bulletins, microfilm, newspapers, periodicals, reference books, and Wagner College master's theses do not circulate.
D. Fees
Lost books - If the lost book is in print, the student pays the cost of the book plus a $15.00 processing fee. If the book is out of print, the cost will be determined on an individual basis. If a lost book, which has been paid for, is found and returned, the student will be refunded the replacement costs minus applicable fines.
Before students may register for classes all library materials must be returned and any unpaid fines and Lost Book fees paid. No clearance will be given for graduation or transcript release unless these matters are settled.
Mutilation of Library materials or facilities - Anyone who mutilates books or any other Library materials or facilities is subject to disciplinary action and fines (including replacement costs)
Theft of Library materials - Any one who removes Library materials without permission is subject to disciplinary action and or fines.
For further information contact: Veronica Knight at (718) 390-3375 or vknight@wagner.edu


Provisions for Summer Access:
During the summer, the library may be used by students enrolled in Wagner summer courses, students participating in the BAR/BRI review course at Wager, Wagner-sponsored Kaplan courses, and Staten Island residents currently attending college outside the greater NY area. Valid student ID must be displayed when visiting the library.
Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Dean of the Library.

The Horrmann Library seeks to acquire materials in appropriate formats and in sufficient quantity, depth and diversity to support teaching and basic research in the subject areas of the curriculum. In order to foster intellectual partnerships with students, faculty and staff, the Library encourages you to become involved in building its collections by recommending Library purchases.
Recommendations are evaluated by departmental liaison librarians according to the following criteria:
  • Relevance to the curriculum
  • Support for the research needs of students
  • Support for faculty course preparation
  • Relationship to existing holdings
  • Departmental liaison librarians may initiate a dialogue with the requestor as they consider an item's cost, availability and format.
The Library currently acquires books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, and online resources. While every effort is made to provide a wide range of materials, the Library does not normally acquire the following:
  • Multiple copies of single titles.
  • Juvenile and young adult literature.
  • Vanity press publications.
  • Please note that the ordering, shipping, and processing of new acquisitions take approximately 6-8 weeks, and occasionally longer for hard-to-find or out-of-print titles. Please allow sufficient time when submitting requests. Requests may be submitted by phone or email to the designated departmental liaison librarian, or by using the online Materials Request Form.
For further information contact: Cathy Perkins at (718) 390-3377 or catherine.perkins@wagner.edu

NO FOOD OF ANY KIND is permitted anywhere in the library. Face masks must remain on at ALL times.

Horrmann Library welcomes gifts and contributions for the development of the collection. Especially useful are materials that fill existing gaps and that support the curriculum. Gifts are evaluated by the same standard as purchased items to ensure that the collection maintains quality, consistency, and relevance to the needs of the college.
Gift materials are accepted under the following conditions:
  • The Library reserves the right to determine their retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to their use. Bookplates identifying the donor will be provided upon request. Items not appropriate for the collection will be sold.
  • In rare cases gifts will be refused if there are unacceptable conditions attached to the donation (i.e. restrictive borrowing limits) not in keeping with the mission of the Library.
  • A gift acknowledgement letter will be provided by the Wagner College Development Office on request. To protect the donor and the College and comply with U.S. tax laws, the Library cannot appraise gifts for tax purposes. The Library can, however, provide a list of reputable appraisers. Appraisal costs are the responsibility of the donor.
  • Gifts must be brought or mailed to the library; the library does not provide pick-up service.
  • The donation of old textbooks, magazines, newspapers, or items in poor condition is discouraged.
For further information contact: Dennis Schaub at (718) 390-3378, or dschaub@wagner.edu

The Horrmann Library provides free interlibrary loan and document delivery services to all currently registered Wagner College students, faculty, staff, and others that are registered for borrowing privileges, including Friends of the Library, alumni, and community patrons.
Interlibrary Loan service is governed by the American Library Association’s National Library Code and US Copyright Revision Act of 1976(17. United States Code. 101 et seq.) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Interlibrary Loan requests are made through the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services website. Select the material type you would like to request from the left hand menu and fill out the form. You will be notified by email when your request arrives.
There is no limit to the number of requests that can be made at one time.
To make a request, gather information about a book, DVD, audio CD, or journal article that you would like to get. Then, log on to your ILL account and fill out the appropriate form from the new request form links on the left side menu.
The ILL department will notify you by email when your request is ready. Also, you can track your requests from your ILL account. Depending on the request type, materials are available for pickup at the Horrmann Library Circulation Desk, or are delivered to you through your Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services account online.
Most articles and document deliveries will be available to you through your ILL account within 24-48 hours. Most books are delivered to the library through UPS or courier and are usually available to you within 5 to 10 business days.
Most materials can be obtained through ILL request, though there are some things that are usually not available through ILL services. These include : text books, dissertations and theses, very old or very new books or DVDs, and very rare materials available through archives or special collections. Don’t count on being able to get these types of materials through ILL.
The loan period for ILL materials varies and depends on the lending library’s policies and procedures. In general, the loan period for ILL books, DVDs, and CDs is three to six weeks. While some libraries will renew, some will not. Renewal requests are made through your ILL account. Select the item you would like to renew and click the renewal request button.
Library patrons are responsible for reimbursement for lost or damaged books. Books kept beyond 3 months will be considered lost, and will be subject to replacement cost determined by the lending institution. Photocopies of journal articles do not have to be returned.
When ILL requests arrive, or more information is available about the request, the Horrmann Library staff will notify the patron by e-mail. Patrons can track the status of their requests at any time by logging into their ILL accounts.
For further information contact: Mary Walsh, Public Services Assistant, at 718-420-4005, or email interloa@wagner.edu.

The library is not responsible for any items left unattended by patrons. All items left in the library will be held until end of business on the same day. If patrons do not pick up their belongings within that time frame, all found items will be delivered to Public Safety the following morning at open of business.

Talking on cell phones is prohibited in the Library.  Cell phones should be turned off upon entering the building.

All notices, posters, and signs must be stamped and approved by the Office of Co-Curricular Programs. All print notices will be posted on the bulletin board at the entrance of the library on the main level. Digital notices will be added to the library digital display. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Dean of the Library.

In New York State, the confidentiality of library records is controlled by New York Civil Practice Law and Rules § 4509 which states:
Library records, which contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of public, free association, school, college and university libraries and library systems of this state, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, requests for photocopies of library materials, title reserve requests, or the use of audio-visual materials, films or records, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such library and shall be disclosed upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.
Horrmann Library promotes, and is committed to, the protection of the privacy of all Wagner College community members. Your rights of confidentiality and privacy include, but are not limited to:
  • Information about materials checked out or accessed, this includes information regarding database queries or information about any items checked out via the circulation desk, interlibrary loan, or course reserve.
  • The content of reference questions, interviews or consultations conducted in any format including in person or online visits.
  • Use of library facilities including any equipment or services used.<
  • Discussions with library staff concerning your account or use of the library facilities.
Please be advised that any information collected as described herein is subject to disclosure pursuant to subpoena, court order, or as otherwise authorized by applicable law.

The Spotlight Gallery exhibit space is not managed by the Library. Please contact Prof. Jennifer Toth of the Art Department at jtoth@wagner.edu for more information regarding current exhibits or booking the space.