WSU Libraries operates on an "Open Stack" system. That means that you must find the "Call Number" of the book, find it on the shelf, and take it to the circulation desk to check it out. We can help you with this!
You may checkout (take home) up to 299 books at one time. For undergraduates, each book may be kept for SIX WEEKS. Graduate students may keep each book for a semester. If you need the book longer, you must renew it.
To checkout a book:
You might not have to buy your textbooks! Please check with the libraries FIRST!
If you cannot find your textbook, please contact the library! We are happy to help you with the process.
Your instructor might put some materials on hold for your class. These have a shorter time limit are located upstairs at the circulation desk. To get the call number (number identifying the location of the book), do the following:
For print reserves:
Can't find the book at WSU Libraries? No problem! We can order most books for you from other libraries - for free! There are certain restrictions on ordering textbooks so be sure to ask first.
WSU Libraries belong to a group of libraries around the Pacific Northwest that share materials. Through this system (called "Summit"), you can order any book in the system to be delivered to you at WSU for free. If the book is not available through Summit, you can order it through another system called Interlibrary Loan.
When a book is not available, you will see a YELLOW DOT and the phrase Check Holdings:
Check Holdings can mean one of several things:
You may be able to order the book through Summit (for delivery in 3-5 days), or Interlibrary Loan (for delivery in 1-2 weeks). You can see your request options by clicking on either the title or "Availability and Request Options." If Summit is your option, click on the Summit link and log in with your WSU ID (firstname.lastname). Fill out the requested information and you will receive an email when the book arrives. If Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is your option, click on the Interlibrary Loan link and login with your WSU ID to create an ILLiad account.