- Check out materials
- Provide access to reserve materials
- Provide reservation services for group study rooms
And much more!
Valid identification is required to check out library materials or equipment or claim interlibrary loan (ILL) articles or photocopies. Requirements include:
In the case of obscured, damaged, or missing pictures on the EWU ID, an additional picture ID will be required. This additional ID will not serve as a substitute for the EWU ID.
In accordance with university policy, EWU Libraries will accept only the ID of the person presenting identification. An Eagle Card belonging to someone other than the person attempting to check out materials/equipment may be confiscated and returned to the Eagle Card Office. University police may be called if the library staff suspects the card is stolen.
Cheney/Spokane area school students under 18 years
Minors from the Cheney and Spokane area can borrow/check out, with the signature of their parent or guardian, most materials on the same basis as EWU students and staff. High school students may not renew materials, and we cannot recall materials for high school students.
When area K-12 students come to use our services with their teacher, the Libraries will check out most materials on the same basis as EWU students on a library card issued to the school. The school principal or school librarian is the responsible party for these materials. The Libraries do not renew materials checked out to a school, nor will they recall materials for a school patron.
Cheney/Spokane area community members 18 years and older
Adult community members from the Cheney/Spokane area can obtain borrowing privileges from the Libraries. In most cases, community borrowers receive the same loan periods as EWU undergraduate students.
To obtain a library card, you will need:
Bring these forms of ID to either the Cheney campus JFK Library Circulation Desk on the main level or to the Spokane Academic Library.
For EWU Undergraduate Students
|Type of Material||Loan Period||Renewals|
|General stacks books||6 weeks||0 renews|
|Curriculum Center materials||6 weeks||0 renews|
|U.S. government publications||6 weeks||0 renews|
|CD-ROMs||6 weeks||0 renews|
|CD-ROMS & computer disks in Periodicals||3 days||0 renews|
|CD-ROMS & computer disks in Reference||1 day||0 renews|
|Video recordings (videocassettes, DVDs)||1 week||0 renews|
|Sound recordings (LPs, CDs, cassettes)||6 weeks||0 renews|
|Music scores||6 weeks||0 renews|
|Media equipment (laptops)||1 day/3 days||0 renews|
|Reference materials||In-library use only|
|Periodicals (bound)||In-library use only|
|Periodicals (current)||In-library use only|
|Special collections||In-library use only|
Exceptions: If an item has a hold in place made by another patron it cannot be renewed, and an EWU graduate student currently preparing his or her thesis/research project may check out any 6-week circulating materials for 90 days (with option of two renewal periods if no other requests for said material has been received.)
For EWU Faculty/Grad-Thesis Students
|Type of Material||Loan Period||Renewals|
|General stacks books||90 days||2 renews|
|Curriculum Center material||90 days||2 renews|
|U.S. government publications||90 days||2 renews|
|CD-ROMs||90 days||2 renews|
|CD-ROMs and computer disks in Periodicals||3 days||0 renews|
|CD-ROMs and computer disks in Reference||1 day||0 renews|
|Video recordings (video cassettes and DVDs)||7 days||1 renew (faculty only)|
|Sound recordings (LPs, CDs, cassettes)||90 days||2 renews|
|Music scores||90 days||2 renews|
|Media equipment (laptops)||N/A||N/A|
|Reference materials||In-library use only|
|Periodicals (bound)||3 days (faculty only)||0 renews|
|Periodicals (current)||3 days (faculty only)||0 renews|
|Special Collections||In-library use only, except by special arrangement|
Note: EWU staff who have teaching responsibilities may be given faculty library privileges if the affiliated department head makes the request of EWU Libraries’ Circulation Manager. Individuals who hold the title of Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, or Dean in Academic Affairs have faculty library privileges. (3.08.2018 Update)
Are you a student looking for items your instructor has placed on course reserve for your use? Visit the catalog.
EWU Faculty members may place materials for courses on reserve at the JFK Circulation Desk or the Spokane Academic Library Circulation Desk. Request reserve service
Reserve Loan Periods
The loan period is designated by the faculty member placing the items on course reserve; loan periods usually range from one to two hours, one to three days, or up to one week.
Course reserve loans can be limited to in-library use only. Reserve materials must be returned directly to the service desk where it was checked out. Students who leave such materials at copiers or elsewhere in the library are subject to reserve charges/fines.
Items on reserve are high-demand materials; charges/fines for reserve materials are higher than for those for non-reserve materials. Charges/Fines are as follows:
EWU Libraries strives to protect reserved material. Placement of a faculty member’s personal items on reserve is at the owner’s risk. The Libraries are not responsible for lost or damaged personal items.
We strive to be a welcoming place for all patrons. To support this goal, the library has created space and provides equipment to accommodate patrons with disabilities so they can successfully complete their academic work.
Assistive Technology Room (JFK M03):
Community Access to Assistive Technology in the EWU Libraries
We strive to provide community patrons access to assistive technologies software. All open-access (i.e. non log-in) computers in the JFK Library feature accessibility software. The Spokane Academic Library has standard accessibility software that can be used by patrons. Use this link for a full listing of available assistive resources and tutorials. Patrons should bring in any equipment they need to use the software on EWU computers (flash drives to save work, headphones, etc.)
We make reasonable efforts to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities as needed to assure equal access to the libraries’ resources and services. In general, an advance request of at least two working days is needed to assure that appropriate staff are available to provide special service to a disabled individual. High volume demand for regular service at any given time may determine the extent of special service that can be provided without advance request of at least two working days. Levels of Service:
Equipment checkout is cosponsored by EWU Libraries, the Multimedia Commons (MMC), and the EWU Student Tech Fee Committee (STFC).
Eligible users: Currently enrolled EWU students who have paid the quarterly tech fee.
Rationale: The equipment funded through the STFC is not to be used to support faculty or staff activities, or ongoing classroom technological support. Funding for checkout equipment is made possible by the STFC grant awards, and as such is governed by RCW 28B.15.051.
The Libraries and the MMC operate a loan service integrated with existing library services. Policies and procedures are jointly among the STFC and the EWU Libraries.
Sanctions and Charges on Overdue Equipment:
Pay for library fines using your Inside EWU account
Overdue Computer Disks
Overdue Reserve Materials (See section on Course Reserves)
Overdue Equipment: (see also Equipment Borrowing Guidelines)
Notices will be sent as follows:
The replacement charge for books based on industry-wide publishers’ statistics concerning average costs of academic materials. As the amount is based on annuals statistics, it changes each year.
Want an item that is already checked out or otherwise unavailable?
You can complete a materials request card at our desk or place an online hold on items found in our catalog.
You can also electronically request available library materials from EWU’s library catalog, or from Summit (the catalog of our Orbis Cascade Alliance) by clicking on the “Request Item” button.
EWU materials may be picked up at JFK Library or Spokane Academic Library. Summit items can be delivered to any EWU location (Cheney, Spokane or Bellevue), usually within a few days.
When the item you have requested is available we will notify you via email.
Library materials are subject to recall at any time. If an item you have checked out is RECALLED, you have no fewer than seven days to return the item. (Material recalled for placement on reserve may be recalled sooner, however, due to urgent demand.)
The library system automatically revises the due date of the recalled item, to reflect the seven-day return period. A recall notice, stating the item has been recalled and the due date has been revised, is sent to the current borrower.
Recalled items that are returned after the revised due receive higher fines.
Students: Looking for items your instructor has placed on course reserve for your use? Visit the catalog
Faculty: You may place materials for courses on reserve at the JFK Circulation Desk or the Spokane Academic Library Circulation Desk. Use the form below.
Notes on Course Reserve Services: