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Genealogy: Visiting the UD Library


Interlibrary Loan for People not Affiliated with UD

People not affiliated with UD can use the service at a public library.

Note: having a UD library borrowing card is not the same as being affiliated with UD.

Beginning in 2016: Security Turnstiles

The University has added turnstiles to the entrance of the Library as a security measure.

  • Everyone from UD must use their UD ONEcards to open the turnstile gates


  • Everyone who is not from UD must go to the Welcome Desk, present photo ID, and have the security officer sign them in
  • Persons under 16 years of age may not enter the Library unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian with photo identification

Visiting the Library

Morris Library in spring

Morris Library in spring; shows the front entrance.

Note: the front door to the library faces inward toward campus. From the Visitor Parking Lot or South College Avenue, walk around the building.

ID Cards and Copy/Print Cards

Library Copy card

If you are not affiliated with UD or with the library, you need a Library copy card to pay for photocopying and printing. You can purchase this card at the vending machine in the Information Room.

Library ONEcard

If you are a Public Borrower, you will be issued a Library ONEcard.

If you use the library frequently, but do not need to purchase a Public Borrower membership, you can apply for a no charge Library ONEcard. This will make building access easier and can be used to pay for copying and printing.

Go to the Circulation Desk to apply for this card.

University ONEcard

The University ONEcard must be used by all current faculty, staff, and students, including Osher students. The card can be obtained at the ID office in the Student Services Building (30 Lovett Avenue).

Getting the Most Out of Your Visit to the Library

University of Delaware Library is an academic library, not a specialized genealogy center, and does not have staff responsible for genealogy. Staff are here to help you find research resources but are unable to conduct your research.

The Library is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to come in * and use library resources, including databases. But legal contracts with the database producers prevent non-UD persons from being able to use electronic materials from off-campus.

Make a plan! What specific person, family lines, or types of records will you be researching?

Use the computers in the Library for research and printing. The Library does not have an open wifi network.

UD is on a semester schedule. Before coming to the library, go to the Library home page to check the hours.

Parking can be a problem. Before you come look at the parking information on the Genealogy Research guide on the tab “Visiting the UD Library.”

Before you come, consult the subject areas on the Genealogy Research guide  or search the Library catalog (DELCAT Discovery). You may be able to identify sources you’d like to check first.

* Persons under 16 years of age may not enter the Library unless they are accompanied by a person older than 18.

Subject Librarian

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Rebecca Knight
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H

Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.

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