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All WOU students, faculty, and staff may check out circulating materials from the Hamersly Library and the Technology Resource Center. Your WOU ID card validated for the current academic term serves as your library card and is required in order to check out materials. WOU alumni, spouses of WOU faculty, emeritus WOU faculty and staff, adult residents of Polk, Marion, Benton, and Linn counties, and Oregon Military Academy participants may register as special borrowers to receive limited borrowing privileges. Photo ID and proof of address or affiliation is required. Ask at the checkout desk for further details.

There are two systems through which WOU students, faculty, and staff can obtain materials from other libraries: Summit and Interlibrary Loan.  These services are not available to special borrowers.

Summit is the shared catalog and borrowing system of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.   is used to request most books, videos, and CD that WOU does not own. They may also borrow circulating materials from Orbis Cascade Alliance member libraries, either by visiting member libraries in person or by requesting materials via Summit. Requests for articles are handled through the Interlibrary Loan process and not through Summit.

Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan is used to request articles from journals and any books, videos, and CDs not available in Summit.


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Borrowers can request renewals via My Library function in the catalog. Renewals may also be requested by calling (503) 838-8902 or by visiting the checkout desk in person. For WOU-owned materials, you are generally allowed up to one renewal. Renewals will be denied if the book has been requested by another patron. Materials currently on reserve for a course cannot be renewed. Summit materials may not be renewed; however, you can request another copy of the item a few days before your item is due, then swap the copies in a single trip to the library.  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials  may sometimes be renewed, depending on the response of the library who loaned the materials to us.  

The purpose of our renewal policy is to provide equitable access to materials in our collection for all patrons. If you have a special need that our policies do not accommodate, please let us know and we will consider adjusting the loan period for the item(s) you require.


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