Whitworth Library COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates and Resources

This page contains relevant information related to Whitworth Library's current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.

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 will be closed to patrons as of 4/2/2020. Future changes to operations will be announced on this alert page and on the Library Hours page ongoing as the situation evolves. 

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!


Orbis Cascade Alliance Council votes to suspend Summit service Alliance-wide.

Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent shut down of many libraries, the Alliance has voted to suspend lending and borrowing.  Digital ILL will continue at Whitworth but all physical lending will cease immediately.  You will also no longer be able to place hold requests. 

A message from the Library Director on Whitworth Library's Response to COVID-19 novel coronavirus - 3.9.20, updated 6.28.20

Dear Library users and community members,

In response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Whitworth Library continues to work in close partnership with the University and our campus partners to take the necessary steps to protect and safeguard our community. The safety and wellbeing of our library users and employees is our utmost priority.

Taking into consideration the public health recommendations for social distancing and reduced staff capacity, the Whitworth Library building will be closed to patrons until further notice.

Additional updates to Library operations will be posted on our website home page and social media channels as they are updated. 

During this time, we encourage users to utilize the many remote services available. Many resources are available electronically and Library personnel are available to help users navigate search and other remote tools to access materials and services.

In addition, the Library encourages all employees and users to review and follow the guidance and information provided by the University -- posted here on this page. We highly encourage users to adhere to the guidance of frequent hand-washing.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation and flexibility as we navigate this evolving situation, and we will continue to post new information on our website and social media as updates occur.


Amanda Clark
Library Director

(Thanks to Betsy Wilson for the foundation text.)

Library Director

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Amanda Clark
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