Access to Resources During Building Closure

While our building is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many library and learning commons services are in operation online.  Both JFK Library and Spokane Academic Library feature front door pick-up and drop-off services via appointment. Read more below.

Please note: While we thank you for your generosity, we are unable to accept book donations during this time.

Assistance & Resources Available During Closure

Most materials that circulated at the JFK Library and the Spokane Academic Library prior to the mandatory COVID-19 closure can be checked out via our Front Door Services!


  1. Make your item request for items at EWU-Cheney (JFK Library) or EWU-Spokane (Spokane Academic Library):
  2. Schedule front door pick up time:
    • JFK: Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • SAL: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Please note, materials transported between the JFK Library, Cheney, and SAL Library, Spokane may take several days to arrive.
  3. Bring your Eagle I.D. to your select location, follow any posted instructions, and maintain social distancing. Upon Eagle I.D. verification, our friendly staff will provide your materials.

 Returns are welcome.

  1. Books and other non-equipment materials can be placed in book drop slots at either location. *All returns are quarantined for three days prior to re-shelving.
  2. Equipment returns must be scheduled by appointment. Email to arrange your time.


For questions:

JFK Library (Cheney): 509.359.7888 or

Spokane Academic Library: 509.358.7930 or



Materials (with the exception of equipment) can be returned to either of these locations. Both are accessible 24/7!

JFK Library has two in-wall book slots marked “book depository” on either side of the front entrance. 


Spokane Academic Library (located at 600 North Riverpoint Blvd.) has a free-standing book drop at the northwest entrance.

Note on copyright: While the library will do everything we can to support your courses, we must be cognizant of copyright issues. While much of what you do will fall under Fair Use, we must adhere to the rules as best we can.  

For more information on putting resources online during the pandemic, see the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research

Document Delivery & Scanning Services: As you’re working to get your classes online, we are here to support you with material from our library collection. We are accepting document delivery requests; we will scan library materials to support the curriculum in your online courses.


  1. Search the library catalog and submit an Interlibrary Loan request for a needed chapter/excerpt.
  2. Make one request for needed content to include in Canvas rather than ask all of your students to request the same content individually.
  3. Access to this content once in Canvas, with an accompanying copyright statement (provided in the Read More link below), is limited to students, instructors, and teaching assistants enrolled in the course for the given term.
  4. Once need for the content has been met, or the quarter ends, please delete the material.

Read More about Document Delivery Requests Spring 2020

Document Delivery Request: Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) will scan materials from its collections to support online classes for Spring 2020. A&SC has the ability to scan the following formats from its collections:

  • Textual documents, including books and unbound materials
  • Photographs
  • Microfilmed documents
  • Audio cassettes
  • VHS tapes

To request scans of chapters, articles, or excerpts from published materials held by A&SC, please submit an interlibrary loan request through the catalog.

Please submit requests to scan archival or multimedia materials by sending an email to Please allow three days for fulfillment as A&SC will not have staff on site on a daily basis unless demand requires it.

A&SC will not scan materials too fragile for scanning or perform work in excess of fair use or would otherwise violate copyright. Priority will be given to requests by teaching faculty to support course curriculum.

Online Educational Resources (OER)

General Resources for Faculty Guide

Due to ongoing COVID-19 closures here and at other institutions, we are not processing loaned printed material.  Summit operations are still suspended. However, EWU students, faculty and staff can request digital journal articles or book chapters via EWU Interlibrary Loan. See the Interlibrary Loan Services Guide.

If you have questions, please contact EWU Interlibrary Loan by phone 509.359.2492 or by email:

PLUS:  See online PLUS services.

Writers’ Center: See online Writers’ Center services.

Multimedia Commons: Not staffed while JFK is closed. See print options and more info.

If you have questions concerning items you have checked out, or e-resources available in our catalog, please contact the EWU Libraries’ Circulation Desk by phone at 509.359.7888 or by email at

Whether you need help with databases, citations, or need suggestions about where to start, librarians are ready to assist you. Get help via our Chat 24/7 service, and via email. Ask a Librarian.

Whether you are just starting your research, or if you’d like ideas of additional resources, EWU Librarians are happy to work with you! During this closure, email or request a meeting with a librarian. Request a meeting with a Librarian.

When JFK reopens, Thomas Hammer will reopen. And we will all celebrate!

For EWU campus community information on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the EWU Coronavirus website: