Borrow, Renew, Request

Renewals, Requests, & Interlibrary Loan

Borrow from Other Libraries (Interlibrary loan)

Can't find what you need in our library? We can request it from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). For more information, see Interlibrary Loan policies.


Placing Holds


  • Place a hold on a checked out book through the library catalog
  • Check the status of a hold in your Library Account


  • Notification of an arrived hold is sent through your Whitworth email account
  • Hold requests expire after 30 days for books currently checked out
  • Arrived holds will only be held for seven days


  • Arrived holds can be picked up at the circulation desk or at the U-District



Students, faculty, and staff can renew online through their library account, over the phone (509.777.3260), or in person at the circulation desk. Late renewals are subject to the overdue policy. Items that have hold/recall requests attached to them will not be renewed.

Library Cards

Current students, staff, and faculty can use their Whitworth ID to borrow materials from the library. Users can also access their library account to check hold requests, renewals, checked out items, or applicable fines.

Community users and Alumni may apply for a library card for borrowing privileges. See For Guest Users and Loan Periods (below) for more information.

When logging into your library account, use the ID number located on the front of your Whitworth ID.

Loan Periods

  Students Faculty/Staff Guest Users
books 28 days
3 renewals
(renew online)
100 days
2 renewals
(renew online)
21 days
3 item limit
no renewals
print periodicals library use only library use only library use only
music CDs 3 days
10 item limit
no renewals
28 days
1 renewal
library use only
videos, DVDs,
CD-ROMs, audiotapes
*3 days
2 item limit
no renewals
28 days
1 renewal
library use only
new books 28 days
no renewals
28 days
1 renewal
library use only


* only selected videos, DVDs, CD-ROMS, and audiotapes may be checked out. Use the library search for more information on specific titles.


Return & Overdue Policy

Notices and Fines

  Students, Faculty & Staff Guest Users & Partner Library Users
  • Courtesy and overdue notices are sent to your Whitworth email.
  • Final notice sent to physical address at 25 days overdue with fines indicated.
  • All notices are mailed to home address or emailed.
Fines $0.25 per day per item
Course Reserve materials: $1 per hour per item for 1, 2, 3, and 4-hour reserves and $3 per day per item for 1, 2, 3, and 7-day reserves
$0.25 per day per item




Damaged or lost materials

For students:

  • Final notice sent to physical address 25 days after final due date declaring the item lost.
  • A replacement fee and a process fee is charged to your account. The replacement fee only is waived with the return of the overdue item.
  • Failure to return materials results in the blocking of your borrowing privileges and a billing to your student account.

For faculty & staff:

  • Lost items will accrue a fine of $100.
  • At 60 days overdue, the patron’s dean or department head will be notified and borrowing privileges suspended until resolved.

For guest users & partner library users:

  • Failure to pay fines or return books may result in the permanent revoking and blocking of borrowing privileges.