Alumni & Community Cards

Alumni and Retired WWU Faculty

Walla Walla College/University alumni and retired faculty/staff members may check out circulating materials from the general collection with a WWU Alumni Card. Alumni ID cards may be obtained through the Information Technology Help Desk during regular office hours. Fee applies. The Help Desk is located on the basement floor of Rigby Hall, their phone number (509) 527-2317. 

Once the card is obtained, bring it to the Library Information Desk and we will create a free library account for you.

Community Members

Community members may check circulating materials from the general collection at Peterson Memorial Library with a valid community library card.

What does a community card cost?

A community library card costs $15 and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. This fee covers the cost of setting up the account. There are additional fees for printing, lost cards, lost/damaged items, and interlibrary loans. Replacement cards cost $10.

How do I get a community card?

Community cards are available at the Library Information Desk at Peterson Memorial Library. During the Academic Year (September-June), cards may be purchased between 8am-6pm, M-Th and 8am-1:00pm F. 

Please be prepared to pay for your card with cash at this time and bring a photo ID and proof of address.

What can I check out?

All users may check out books, journals, and media from the general collection. Head phones are also available for checkout at the Library Information Desk, however, additional equipment is limited to current students, staff, and faculty. Community and Alumni have a 5-item limit.

User TypeCommunityWWC/WWU AlumniWWC/WWU Emeriti
Circulating Books3-weeks3-weeks3-months
ReservesNoNoAsk at Desk

Can I use library computers?

Academic computer access is available from the terminals in the lobby. These computers allow searching of Research Central (the library catalog), the online databases, and some internet websites. Document editing software, as well as some popular sites including email, social networking, and web commerce sites may not be available.

Sign-in at the Library Information may be required and time limited to 30 minutes per day. Printing from these computers is $.10 per page and can be paid with cash at the Library Information Desk.

Community library accounts and alumni library accounts do not provide access to the Computer Lab in Peterson Memorial Library.

Can I borrow books through Summit?

The Orbis Cascade Alliance does not allow access to alumni or community members. However, emeriti are eligible to request books through the Orbis Cascade Alliance Summit Borrowing system.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are available to alumni and community card holders for a per-request service fee. Emeriti may use ILL without a service fee, however, we do reserve the right to charge a fee for ILL requests. Contact the Resource Sharing Specialist for more details at (509) 527-2673 or

Can I use the online databases to access full text articles?

Access to the online databases and the full text articles is available on lobby computers but use of the computers may require signing in with library staff at the Library Information Desk. Items may be viewed and printed ($0.10 per page) from these lobby computers. Due to licensing restrictions, off-campus database access is not available to community, alumni, or retired faculty.

Are there daily fines for overdue materials?

Peterson Memorial Library does not currently charge daily fines for items from our circulating collection. However, materials should be returned in a timely manner, as once the library computer system considers the material LOST, replacement charges and non-refundable processing fees ($15/item) are automatically added to the borrower's library account. Fees may be paid by either cash or check at the Library Information Desk. Borrowing privileges will be suspended for any account with an outstanding balance over $5.00. 

What are the library's hours?

Peterson Memorial Library's hours of operation, including public access hours, fluctuate depending on the academic year, intersessions, and campus holidays. A listing of the current hours is located off of the library's homepage or by following this link: