Access to Resources During Library Closure

JFK Library, home of EWU Libraries and Learning Commons, is closed. We will update this website as soon as we have a planned reopening date.

Our faculty and staff are working hard during this time to ensure that students, faculty, staff and administration have access to critical resources needed for academic success.

Many of our electronic resources are still readily available, as are the services of staff and librarians.

Read more about special operations 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

The due date on all materials has been extended to Monday, June 15.  This includes books, other print materials, and equipment.

You can view your account online: log into your library account.

If you have questions, please contact the EWU Libraries’ Circulation Desk, by phone 509.359.7888 or email We are happy to help!

Use the EWU Library catalog to find digital resources by employing the format filter to search for electronic books, audio & video.  Go to the EWU Library Catalog.

Use our online subject guides to assist you in your research. Link to subject guides. 

Online databases are accessible from off campus.  Need help?  Link to how to access databases guide. 

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 at

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.

Overview: (for more detail click the Read More link below)

  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 3 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): Link to our OER for online teaching guide. 

General Resources: Link to our overview Resources for Faculty guide.


Due to closure, we cannot process printed material, and Summit operations are suspended. However, EWU students, faculty and staff can request digital journal articles or book chapters via EWU Interlibrary Loan. See Interlibrary Loan Services Guide.

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

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 509.359.7888 or by email

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. Link to 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. Link to: Request a meeting with a Librarian.

For EWU Campus Community Information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the EWU Coronavirus website: