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Borrowing Services

Borrowing

How can I borrow a book?

During the library renovation visit the library catalog to search for a book and place a hold (video tutorial). We will email you at your WesternU email address to let you know when the book is ready to pick up.

Where do I pick up my books?

Present your WesternU ID badge at the Library circulation desk.

How can I borrow a journal?

Faculty, staff and students may request an article from our print journal collection using our document delivery service. Requests for physical print journal issues will have up to a 48 hour wait period and are library use only. To view in person, contact the library at 909-469-5323.

How long can I borrow material?

Groups/Items 

 Borrowing Periods

On Campus Pomona Students  1 week, 3 renewals
On Campus Northwest Students  6 weeks, 1 renewal 
 All Off Campus Students  6 weeks, 1 renewal
 Alumni & IEALC (limit of 3 items)  2 weeks, 1 renewal
 Reserve items  Varies by reserve
 Interlibrary Loan Books  3 weeks, no renewal
Theses & Dissertations  1 month, no renewal
 Journals  Library Use Only
 Adjunct Faculty  6 weeks, no renewals
 Clinical Faculty  6 weeks, 1 renewal
 Faculty  6 weeks, 2 renewals
 OPTI-West & UHS (limit of 3 items)  2 weeks, 1 renewal
 Guests  Please call the library at 909-469-5323 for more information.

 

Overdue Fees

Items not returned by the scheduled due date are considered overdue and late charges will accrue.

How much are the overdue fines?

Items 

Fee

Most Items such as Books, Theses & Dissertations $.25/day per item
Reserves $1/day per item for most items
Interlibrary Loan $1/day per item

Where do I pay my fines?

Visit the Pumerantz Library or Lebanon campus bookstore.

What happens if I don’t pay the fines and return what I borrowed?

You won’t be able to borrow if you don’t return the items and pay any overdue fines. After a third notice, we will send you a bill to replace the cost of materials plus a $30.00 processing fee. If overdue fines, lost and/or damage fees are collectively over $500.00 and not paid by faculty, staff or visitors within 90 days, it may be sent to collections at the discretion of library administration.

Holds

What can I place a hold on?

You can place a hold on items in our circulation collection. This does not include reserve, media, and reference items.

How do I place a hold?

To place holds, you will log in to the library catalog with your WesternU username (without @westernu.edu) and password. If you are not able to log in, please contact Library Circulation at 909-469-5323 or email circ@westernu.edu.

How many holds can I place?

During the library redesign there is no limit.

How long will my item(s) stay on hold?

We will hold your item(s) for two days at the circulation desk.

How do I cancel a hold?

You can cancel it in person, by phone, or online through the library catalog.

Renew Material

How can I renew material?

You can renew online, in person, or by telephone. An item cannot be renewed if there is a waitlist.

How do I renew online?

  1. Visit the library’s online catalog and click on My Account.
  2. Click Renew My Materials.
  3. Enter your WesternU username (without ‘@westernu.edu’) and password. Click List Charged Items.
  4. If you want to renew all material on your account, select the radio button Renew all.
  5. If you want to renew selected material, click the radio button Renew selected items then click check marks next to the material you would like to renew.
  6. Click Renew selected items. A summary page will let you know if your renewals were successful.
  7. An item may not be renewed if there is a wait list for the item or if you have exceeded your renewal limit.
  8. If your items do not renew successfully please call the circulation desk during library operating hours at (909) 469-5323.