Community User Policies

COVID-19 Information: Due to safety guidelines, the Library is only open to WSU students/faculty/staff or students of other educational institutions who normally take classes on the WSU Vancouver campus. Other members of the community who have questions are encouraged to chat with a librarian through the Library's Website.

Community members are welcome to use the WSU Vancouver Library. The Library is very happy to be of help to members of our greater Southwest Washington community.

The Library's Reference Services are instructional in nature. Patrons are taught to use the Library's resources; but research is done by our patrons. Community members may use research databases in the Library and may check out books from all of the WSU Libraries. To apply for a Community Users Card either: 1) visit the Library in person to complete an application or 2) complete and print the Community Users Card Application before visiting the Library. Identification is necessary to verify your current mailing address. Community User privileges do not include delivery of bound journal volumes, copies of journal articles, or interlibrary loan services from Pullman or other libraries.

Since the core mission of the Library is to serve WSU Vancouver students and faculty, community members may sometimes be asked to wait for services or to give up computers so that students and faculty can be served first. All patrons are expected to observe the Library's Quiet Policy.

People aged seventeen and younger need a Youth Card in order to use the Library's computers. Youth Card applications are available from the Reference Desk or an online application can be printed out and returned to the library. Parents must sign the application for a Youth Card.

All of the WSU Libraries charge fines for overdue books, and for books not returned when recalled. Both overdue and recall notices are mailed to borrowers. The WSU Vancouver Library also charges for printing and photocopying. Print cards can be obtained at the Circulation Desk.

Karen Diller, Library Director
Last Updated 12/22/20

See also: General Library Regulations.