Who can use the WSU Libraries?

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Last Updated: Sep 01, 2023     Views: 2006

Anyone may use the Libraries on-site at our campus libraries. Some services are available only to the students, staff and faculty of Washington State University.  

Community members who are not affiliated with Washington State University can borrow library materials by applying for a community borrower card. However, community members cannot access WSU Libraries’ electronic resources remotely. 

Can I still check out books as a WSU alum? Can I use the online databases? 

Graduates/Alumni do not have remote access to WSU electronic resources after graduation. However, if you live near a WSU library, you are welcome to visit and use all our resources, including electronic resources. You may also apply for a community borrower card to check out physical items. For more information on free resources and research tools, visit our Research after Graduation guide. 

For any services that we do not provide, you may want to check with your local public library.  

I'm retired faculty, can I use the library? 

  • Retired faculty and staff can continue to use the WSU Libraries as Community Users.  

  • Emeritus faculty are accorded full library privileges upon request. 

Can I check out books as a University of Idaho student from WSU's Library using my UIdaho ID? 

You can visit the WSU Holland/Terrell Library and register as a "visiting patron," using your UI ID card and photo ID. When you're done with WSU materials, regardless of how you checked them out, they can be returned to UI or WSU.   


Please contact Access Services for more information. 


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