The WSU Libraries' Search It provides you access to books and media from all the WSU Libraries, "Summit" libraries, and libraries worldwide. It should be the first database you select to find books. To request home delivery of a book you find in Search It, use the "WSU Global Campus Delivery" option. Look at the box below this one to learn about getting books you have requested via Summit.
If a book you need is not available from a WSU library or any Summit library, you can request that it be borrowed from another library for your use via an Interlibrary Loan (ILL). To make an ILL request you will need to be logged in to Search It - if a book is not available, you will see a "Request through InterLibrary Loan WSU - Pullman" link. This will take you to the WSU Pullman ILLiad site, where you will need to log in with your WSU Network ID again. There is no charge to request library materials through Interlibrary Loan; however, the first time you use ILL you will need to create an account in the system.
Library materials will be mailed to you within two to three working days once we have them in hand. (Keep in mind, if we obtain the books from other libraries first, this process will take longer.)
Enclosed with your items will be a return address label and Priority Mail stamps for the return postage. Once you are done with the materials, repackage them in the box, affix the labels and stamps, and drop the box off at the post office.
What is Summit? WSU belongs to the Orbis-Cascade Consortium, a group of academic libraries in Washington State, Oregon, and the University of Idaho in Moscow. The Summit system, which is embedded in the WSU Libraries' Search It library catalog, enables WSU patrons to check out books from any of the 35-plus Summit libraries. Books circulate for six weeks with one renewal and can be designated to be picked up by you at any WSU library, any Summit library, or mailed to you from the WSU Pullman library (this option will take longer).
Students, faculty, and staff who are currently enrolled or employed at Alliance institutions may have borrowing privileges when they visit other Alliance libraries. This "Visiting Patron" service includes borrowing materials from generally circulating collections and making Summit requests. Thus, if you are located near a Summit library you can borrow books from it as a Visiting Summit Patron, or pick up books there that you have requested through the Summit system. Note: you must have a WSU ID (CougarCard), and you will be asked to log in to your account to verify your WSU status.
eBooks are a good resource for distance and Pullman students, but they can vary. Some books in the Libraries catalog are downloadable PDF or HTML books freely available online (often published by a government agency). The Libraries also has access to many scholarly monographs from particular vendors (EBL, ebrary, EBSCO, Springer, ScienceDirect, and more). The following applies specifically to ebooks from EBL, ebrary, and EBSCO: