Answered By: Reference Service
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2020     Views: 886

For WSU students, staff and faculty the WSU ID card (Cougar card) is also your library card. You must present your Cougar Card to check out material at the Libraries' circulation desks. If you do not have your Cougar Card and you are a WSU affiliate, you must show other, government-issued, picture ID and you MUST know your ID number.

Those not affiliated with WSU (community users) can obtain a free library card at any of the WSU Libraries circulation desks. This includes WSU Alumni. Those requesting community cards must have a valid picture ID. These cards are renewed annually. For more information on how to obtain a community card, see our Access Services page. Washington state residents who are not affiliated with Washington State University may use Libraries resources and services and borrow library materials (per the Washington Administrative Code (504-40-020)).

Residents who are 16 years old or older may apply for an off-campus borrower card at any WSU Libraries Access Services desk with a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID that can be used for signing up for a borrower card include identification from a federal agency, state agency, or another academic institution. Guest users may request WSU Libraries items to be held at an Access Services desk by filling out a Search Request Card and turning it in at the desk.

Community users can check out materials the day they register for the card, but the card itself is mailed within a week.

These community cards cannot be used for the Request Item feature (Access Services staff can mediate requests for items from other WSU Libraries), Summit Request Item feature, laptop checkout, or Interlibrary Loan services; nor do community user cards allow remote access to licensed electronic resources.

Community users may access the library databases from any of the library computers. These computers are open to the public and do not require a login. Learn more about how to renew your materials.

For more information, please call 509.335.9672.


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