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    Borrowing | Renewing | Returning


    Who can borrow EWU materials?

    Forget to bring your card?  The library will, in most cases, hold the material you wish to check out behind the circulation desk for up to three days.

    How long may I keep materials?

    However, if another patron requests material, we will recall it after the current user has had the material for a week. Some library materials, such as periodicals and reference books, must be used in the Library.

    The due date, and due time, if applicable, will be stamped or written on the date due slip of each item borrowed.  If the material is allowed to leave the library, its security sensors will be deactivated at the time of checkout.

    Do EWU faculty have special circulation privileges?

    To accommodate teaching and research duties, EWU faculty have some special circulation privileges. They may check out most materials until the end of the academic quarter and periodicals for 3 days. They may also request a proxy card for an assistant and will receive an inventory list of materials they have checked out at the end of each quarter.

    What if I want to check out materials while I am in another part of the state?

    Eastern faculty, students and staff may borrow materials from any of the member libraries of Summit <>, a consortium of over 30 academic libraries in Washington and Oregon. Please identify yourself as a visiting patron from EWU when checking out materials at one of those libraries.


    How do I renew materials?

    Most EWU-owned materials may be renewed twice.  Materials obtained through the Summit catalog may not be renewed.  An item with a hold on it may not be renewed.  If there are no holds you may renew most materials for two additional circulation periods. If you owe $20 or more in fines, however, you must pay all of your fines before renewing materials.

    For your convenience, you may renew materials yourself within the EWU Library Search.   (you must login using the sign in link located in the upper right corner)

    Or you may renew:

    If your are renewing by phone or email, please supply your library card number (eight-digit number of the front of your Eagle Card, or the eight-digit number written on your guest library card), your name, phone number, and the titles of the materials you wish to have renewed.


    Where can I return materials I have checked out?

    Note:  Summit materials may be returned to any Summit library. 

    Materials that should not be placed in a book return:

    Borrowers are responsible for their checked-out materials until officially checked in at the circulation desk.  Never leave your checked-out materials on tables, etc., in the library, in the expectation that they will be found and checked in for you.

    What if I don't return materials when they are due?

    For each item which is overdue, you will owe:

    Contact Information

    EWU Libraries
    816 F Street
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.7888

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