Community Members

Community Users & Borrowing Policies 

Washington state residents and Palouse community members who are 16 years or older can obtain a free library card at any of the WSU Libraries locations.  You may apply for a community borrower card at a WSU Libraries Access Services desk with photo ID from any of the following: 

  • Federal agency 
  • State agency 
  • Another academic institution
You can check out materials right away, but the card will be mailed to you within a week.  You can request circulating items from any WSU Libraries location to be retrieved and brought to an Access Services Desk for you to pick up. Community users cannot request non-WSU items.  See the Access Services policies page for more information on how to renew your materials. For more information, please contact Access Services. 

Other Community User Privileges 

Most online resources (including databases, e-books, and e-journals) are available to everyone when accessed through a public WSU Libraries computer.   Remote access to online resources is not provided to community users, along with laptop checkout, booking study rooms, and reserving lockers. 


Upon graduating from WSU, alumni can register for a community borrower card if they are a Washington state resident or Palouse community member. WSU graduates and non-affiliates do not have remote access to online resources and databases, but there are many free resources and research tools online to help you do research after you graduate.