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Borrowing Materials

You can borrow books, items on reserve, and periodicals from the library by stopping by the Library Information Desk in the lobby. You will be asked for your validated student I.D. card so remember to bring it with you each time you wish to check out library materials.

Loan Periods

Loan receipts containing item due dates are automatically emailed at the time of checkout. Items are due back before closing time on the date contained in the email and shown on the card/date due slip in back of the item.

Please note that items returned 10 days late are considered lost and replacement fees--including a $15 non-refundable processing fee--will be added to your library account at that time. For a full discussion of fees, please see the current WWU Financial Bulletin.

Undergraduate Students

  • Books: 3 weeks
  • Reference materials: Use only in the library
  • Reserve items: Varies; check with Public Services
  • Periodicals: Non-current, non-archival issues, 1 week
  • Videos and DVDs: 1 week
  • Audio media: 7 days
  • Equipment: Varies; check with Public Services
  • Summit: 6 weeks for books, 6 days for media and specialty items
  • Summer borrowing: Upon proof of being registered for summer or fall quarter, normal loan rules apply

Have more questions about borrowing? Call the Library Information Desk at (509) 527-2134 or email Public Services (Circulation).

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Graduate Students

  • Books: 3 months/end of quarter
  • Reference materials: use only in the library
  • Reserve items: varies; check with Public Services
  • Periodicals: non-current, non-archival issues, 1 week
  • Videos and DVDs: 3 months
  • Audio media: 7 days
  • Equipment: varies; check with Public Services
  • Summit: 6 weeks for books, 6 days for media and specialty items
  • Summer borrowing: upon proof of being registered for summer or fall quarter, normal loan rules apply

Have more questions about borrowing? Call the Library Information Desk at (509) 527-2134 or email Public Services (Circulation).

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Staff:

  • Books: 3 months
  • Reference materials: use only in the library
  • Reserve items: varies; check with Public Services
  • Periodicals: non-current, non-archival issues, 1 week
  • Videos and DVDs: 3 months
  • Audio media: 7 days (times may vary)
  • Equipment: varies; check with Public Services
  • Summit: 6 weeks for books, 6 days for media and specialty items

NOTES:

  • Non-Summit Materials may be renewed over the phone at the end of Fall and Winter quarters.
  • All materials must be brought back to the library at the end of Spring Quarter, where they may once again be renewed.
  • An Equipment Circulation Agreement must be signed in order to borrow large equipment, such as projectors, screens, tablets, or external disc drives.
  • Material on loan may be recalled after three weeks of being checked out should another member of the campus community request the item.

Have more questions about borrowing? Call the Library Information Desk at (509) 527-2134 or email Public Services.

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Faculty

  • Books: 3 months
  • Reference materials: Normally not loaned; check with Public Services Manager or Research Services Librarian for extenuating needs
  • Reserve items: varies; check with Public Services
  • Periodicals: non-current, non-archival issues, 1 week; all others, check with Periodicals Specialist or Collection Management Librarian
  • Videos, DVDs and Audio Media: 3 months
  • Equipment: varies; check with Public Services
  • Summit: 6 weeks for books, 6 days for media and specialty items

NOTES:

  • Non-Summit Materials may be renewed over the phone at the end of Fall and Winter quarters.
  • All materials must be brought back to the library at the end of Spring Quarter, where they may once again be renewed.
  • An Equipment Circulation Agreement must be signed in order to borrow large equipment, such as projectors, screens, tablets, or external disc drives.
  • Material on loan may be recalled after three weeks of being checked out should another member of the campus community request the item.

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Renewals

If no one else has requested an item that you have out on loan, you may request a renewal on that item through your online library account. See How do I renew my WWU or Summit materials? for instructions on how to do this.

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The book isn't on the shelf

Holds

If a book is currently checked out, you may place a hold on it. Take the title, author, and call number of the book to the Library Information Desk so we can place a hold for you. You will be notified by email when the item is available. Just stop by the Library Information Desk to check it out.

Off-Site

If the book is stored off-site, you may request that we bring it to the main library so that you may check it out. Take the title, author, and call number of the book to the Library Information Desk and fill out an off-site request. You will be notified either by email or phone when the item is available for pickup.

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Request from another library

Books from one of our other WWU campuses

Our catalog contains items located at our various campuses. If the book you wish to read is located at our Portland campus, you may request it through the Summit Catalog (see below). If it is located at one of our other campuses, fill out an interlibrary form for that item. In the comments put the campus location of the book and the call number. We will request it for you.

Summit Catalog

Current students of Walla Walla University have access to Summit borrowing through the Orbis Cascade Alliance. You may search Research Central for Summit items. In Research Central, after finding your item, you may request it by using the "Place Summit request" link that appears when you are signed into your account.

Summit items typically arrive within 5 to 7 days. You will be notified by email of their arrival and they will be held for you at the Library Information Desk for one week. Checkouts are 6 weeks for most Summit books and 6 days for media items and selected book titles. Due dates will shorten toward the end of the academic quarter. You may not renew Summit items.

Books or articles from journals not in the catalog or databases - We do not own these materials. If you wish to use materials not owned by Peterson Memorial Library, please check the Summit Catalog (for books and media) and the databases (for journals). If an item is not available in our library or in Summit, you may fill out an interlibrary loan form. Provide as much information about the item as possible (author, title--article, journal, book, publisher, place and date of publication). We will try to find this item in another library and request it for you. Interlibrary loans can take up to three weeks to arrive.

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What are reserves?

Reserves could be anything (books, journal articles, DVDs, exams, study guides and other materials). Instructors specifically select these items for their class to use and put the materials on Reserve. This guarantees that all students in the class can have access. Your Instructor will choose the checkout time period, which can vary from two hours to seven days. The Reserve Collection is located behind the Circulation Desk of the Library. To see if your Instructor has put anything on reserve, check:

Find a Reserve Item

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Last update on May 30, 2018