Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI Wilmington

General Information

Cannon Reading Room

The Cannon Reading Room, a gift from Adrienne Arsht in memory of her maternal grandparents Samuel and Matilda Cannon, has encyclopedias, dictionaries and three daily newspapers. Designed as a place for members to access course-related reference materials, the room provides a quiet and comfortable atmosphere for research and study.

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Carpenter Sports Building, Student Fitness Center

OLLI members are permitted to access the UD Carpenter Sports Building (N. College Ave., Newark) for an additional membership fee ($50 for 6 months or $100 annually). OLLI members must present a UD ID card to enter the building. The Carpenter Sports Building (the Little Bob or “Lil Bob”) access includes fitness center (three floors), indoor pool, two multi-purpose gymnasiums, spin studio, climbing wall, four racquetball courts, one squash court, locker rooms with showers, and more. Group fitness classes, personal training, UD CROSSFIT, and intramural sports are also available for an additional fee. Memberships can be purchased at the cashier’s window in the Lil Bob. Email recreation@udel.edu with any questions.

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Course auditing privileges

Registration for UD classes as a Listener/Auditor without credit or grade is available for OLLI members. Class attendance is required, but class participation is not. Audit one UD credit course while enrolled in OLLI on a space-available basis without paying tuition. The privilege does not include certificate programs or UD travel/study programs. All relevant fees apply. View the current semester’s calendar for the deadlines to request to auditing classes each semester. To search for available courses, visit udel.edu/courses. Information and request forms are available by calling 302-573-4417.

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Disability accommodations

Accessible parking is available at several locations on campus. Arsht Hall is accessible, with ramp entrances in the front and back. An elevator is located at the south end of the lobby. A unisex accessible restroom is located on the second floor near the elevator. To request other disability accommodations, contact the OLLI Office. Disability accommodation requests should be made several weeks in advance.

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Gift certificates

Gift certificates for memberships are available in the Office. Memberships make thoughtful gifts for retirements, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Gift certificates may be used only for the semester for which they are purchased. Contact the Wilmington lifelong learning program for more information.

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Internet & email access

As a membership benefit, members may obtain a University of Delaware UDelNet Internet ID and email account which provides UD wireless access in Arsht Hall and use of the Morris Library databases. Accounts remain active as long as individuals are members. For fall semester, accounts remain active until the beginning of February. For spring semester, accounts remain active until the beginning of September.

Members must comply with the university’s policy for responsible computing.

Access takes two to three weeks to obtain, and requests are processed as soon as administratively possible, approximately 4 weeks after the semester start date (see current calendar for dates). The Computer User Member Support Group is available in the lobby on specific days to answer questions and to assist members with account activation and wireless registration. Information and request forms are available at Reception.

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.)

Courses leading to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) are available for those who wish to matriculate and who seek the intellectual challenge and the rigor of graduate work. Information is available in the office, or visit the M.A.L.S. program online.

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Parking is free on the Wilmington campus!

Occasionally, the Goodstay parking lot will be closed because it is reserved for special meetings or events. Do not park in that lot when it is closed. Failure to observe restrictions may result in fines and towing of your vehicle. Please drive safely and observe all signs, including the posted campus speed limit of 10 m.p.h.

Parking on the UD campus in Newark

Please contact the OLLI Wilmington office at 302-573-4486 if you would like to use the OLLI membership benefit for limited parking on the University’s main campus in Newark. Members who have registered with the Office may park in red lots anytime (shuttle bus service is available) and in unrestricted lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and University holidays. Click here for more information about parking on the Newark campus, including detailed parking maps.

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Some OLLI classes use textbooks. Members may obtain textbooks in local bookstores, or by online purchase through Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com, etc.

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University of Delaware ID card (library privileges)

The University ID card may be used to obtain privileges at the University’s Morris Library, the Carpenter Sports Center facilities and to obtain discounts in University stores, as well as for some University-sponsored events and performances. Application forms and information on obtaining this ID card are available in the Office. View the calendar for each semester’s ID card request deadline.

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