Whitworth Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Electronic Resources for Remote Teaching

General Updates and Resources from Whitworth

Remote Resources for Whitworth Library Users

While the Library building is closed there are still many ways the Library can provide you with expert help and services.  Always check the Library's website for the latest info about our hours and services.

Get Online Help 
Last minute citation question? Want help with research? Need to reach us from off campus? Ask us! You can email us, or email a librarian from the convenience of your home! 

Librarian Consultations
Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available for remote consultations via email or online.

Online Materials and Tools
The Whitworth Library has loads of digital materials available for you.
Use the filters on the left hand side of the screen to focus on ebooks, streaming audio or video, and other online resources.

Articles & Research Databases
We have hundreds of databases that provide access to digital articles, video, and more!

Interlibrary Loan
We can deliver digitized journal articles from other libraries directly to you at no charge. This service may be impacted by other library closures and thus may or may not be available at any given time.

Renew Books Online
You can also renew your books online - just log into Your Library Account. You will see your active loans displayed on the Loans section. Look for the title you need to renew and click renew. You can also renew all your active loans by selecting Renew All.

Returning Materials
Books and media, including Summit and Interlibrary Loan materials, may be returned to the library book return on the exterior of the library at the front entrance. (See below for further information).

Contact Us
Have other remote needs? New ideas for how the Library can help you off-campus? Send your comments to us.

A Link on Copyright Flexibility


Whitworth Library Remote Services

Note on Overdue Items and Fines

Information about overdue library items during the switch to remote classes:

  • Summit and Interlibrary Loan Items: All Summit and ILL should be returned if at all possible - either by on campus book drop or media mail to Whitworth Library, Attn: Library Circulation, 300 W Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, WA 99251.  Whitworth books may be returned by same method. Renewals for Whitworth books are not being extended past June 30th; please contact circdesk@whitworth.edu if these options don't work for your circumstances. We are waiving all late fees that may have or will accrue. Please ignore any system overdue/lost notices you may receive. 

  • Whitworth Library items:  Please try to renew online (see above). If you are unable to do so or have no renewals left, please email circdesk@whitworth.edu to request a renewal for the items.  We will waive any accrued fines once the materials are returned. Please if at all possible return books by either by on campus book drop or media mail to Whitworth Library, Attn: Library Circulation, 300 W Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, WA 99251

You may still receive automated notices of overdue materials, but please know that you can contact the library if this is the case or if you have any questions.


Changes to Library Operations

The library building closed to patrons on April 2, 2020, and anticipates reopening via ID-card swipe to current Whitworth students, staff, and faculty on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Summit lending has resumed. 


We anticipate reduced hours for fall semester to be:

  • Monday-Thursday 8am to 8pm
  • Friday 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday 1pm to 8pm

Details of note:

  • The checkout desk will be open; as will computer labs.
  • Students are encouraged to utilize digital resources over print resources.
  • Librarians will be available in a variety of capacities, but remote contact is encouraged.
  • Study tables will be limited to one person at a time; the six study rooms will not be available. 
  • Students should be prepared to use their own cleaning supplies to wipe down tables and chairs as desired; the library will provide special cleaning supplies for the scanners. 

Let us help you online and remotely!

Computer Lab & Library Building information

Labs & Tech Support:

  1. Helpdesk services are still available to facilitate your tech-support needs at
    509-777-3911 or helpdesk@whitworth.edu or by appointment. 
  2. Computer lab access (with printing capability) will remain available in Hawthorne Hall, room 106, hours  Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, by id card swipe access.

Library Support:

  1. Digital article delivery remains active. circdesk@whitworth.edu or ILL@whitworth.edu
  2. Reference librarians are available and eager to assist in research and information needs. reference@whitworth.edu

For these and more services, please see www.whitworth.edu/library

We are here to help you! Just reach out!


Aug 6, 2020

WU Library Reopening Plans: A Message from the Director

To our WU Community,

Libraries are essential to research, teaching, and learning at WU. We acknowledge how challenging the ambiguity of this time is, and the desire to confirm plans and expectations for fall semester and beyond. The Library's Phased Reopening Chart provides clarity around what to expect, based on current plans. First and foremost is preserving the health and safety of employees, students, faculty, and our users. The goal of this message is to provide insight into our approach as we move through phases. While we do not know how the current public health situation will evolve in our community, a transition from one phase to the next is dependent on significant changes to public health status and the development of new prevention plans at each stage to ensure the health and safety of all.

Providing safe spaces to study are top-of-mind. We understand that students need safe spaces to study, and that libraries are a home-away-from-home for many—whether you live on campus or not. To fill this critical need, we are evaluating operational models that could potentially allow designated spaces to safely open for individual study in a limited capacity. Students’ commitment and willingness to protect each other will be essential to the Library’s ability to open and maintain study areas.  

We will share plans publicly on our Libraries COVID Update page, social media and through centralized WU communication channels. We are designed for online services and support.  Our staff continue to provide a full range of online support from consultations for writing and research, to interactive learning events, and other services. Offering high-quality online services is part of what we do. Our Libraries are a center of knowledge and scholarship—no matter what Phase our community is in.

We share your concerns and understand your desire to open the Library’s physical spaces.  Updates to our operations are always posted and shared on our COVID-19 Update page and social media channels as soon as changes are made.  We appreciate your input during this unprecedented time. Thank you for continuing to provide us with your feedback and for the opportunity to collaborate with you as we continue to refine our operational approach.


Amanda Clark
Library Director

(Thanks to Betsy Wilson for the foundation text.)

Library Director

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Amanda Clark
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