Library Policies

Interlibrary Loan


If you cannot locate the research materials you need in the Whitworth Catalog or Journals by Title, you may request materials through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). In addition, the Other Libraries page and Worldcat allow access to library catalogs at other institutions both in the area and nationally.

Eligible Borrowers: ILL is avaiable for Whitworth students, faculty and staff only. Guest and community borrowers may not use ILL services.

Turnaround Time: The average turnaround time for articles is six working days and 12 working days for books. If the material is needed by a specific deadline, please indicate this on the request form.

Charges: For current Whitworth students, faculty, and staff, the library covers all loan transaction fees, with the exception of any special fees for "rush" requests, which are passed on to the requestor.

Fines/Replacement Costs: Copies of journal articles are yours to keep. You are expected to return all other materials by the due date and are responsible for any overdue fines or replacement costs for lost items. You are also expected to comply with any special loan conditions imposed by the lending library.

Renewals: If a renewal is needed, ask the ILL staff to request it before the due date, but realize that some libraries will not renew ILL materials.

Request Procedure: First check the library's collection. If our library does not own a specific title you need, fill out the electronic form on this page. Be sure to include today's date, the complete citation, the source of the citation, your phone number, and email address. The ILL office will notify you by phone or email when your requested item arrives.

Contact: Cara Elston, 509.777.4930 or

We reserve the right to suspend borrowing and/or access privileges as deemed fit.