Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library

Borrowing Services

General Information

All borrowers must be registered in the library’s circulation system and show a WesternU ID badge with each transaction.

Faculty, staff, and students of WesternU must have a WU issued ID card to be eligible for library services. Students may check out books for the following time periods:


 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
 Popular reading books  2 months
 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  2 weeks, 1 renewal
 Guests  Please call the library at 909-469-5323 for more information.


Overdue Information

If items are not returned by the scheduled due date, they are considered overdue and late charges will accrue.

  • • Overdue charges are $.25 per day, per item
    • › Fines are payable at the Pumerantz Library or Lebanon campus bookstore.
  • •  Reserve Material is $1.00 per day, per item.
  • •  Overdue fines on InterLibrary Loan is $1.00 per day, per item.
  • •  Patrons will have their borrowing privileges suspended when their items are overdue or they have fines of any amount.
  • •  Courtesy notices will be sent out for 3 weeks as a reminder to return materials.
  • •  Items will be marked lost after the third notice and a bill will be sent for the replacement cost of materials plus a $30.00 processing fee.
  • •  If overdue fines, lost and/or damage fees collectively are 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 may be placed on the circulation collection which excludes Reserve and Reference items.To place holds you will need your userID (@ number) and a PIN. If you do not know your PIN please contact Library Circulation at 909-469-5323 or email circ@westernu.edu to request it.

    • › Items will be held for two days at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.
    • › An item may not be renewed if there is a wait list for the item.
    • › There is a limit of five active holds at any one time.
  • • Holds may be placed on the circulating collection which excludes Media Lab, Reserve and Reference items.
  • • Holds should be canceled by the requester in-person, by phone or online if the item is no longer needed.
  • • Repeatedly not picking up hold items may result in the loss of hold privileges.

Online Renewal

The Pumerantz Library offers the ability to renew your materials using the online catalog. To renew items, you will need your UserID (@ number) and a PIN. If you do not know your PIN, contact us at 909-469-5323 or email circ@westernu.edu to request it.

  1. Visit the library’s online catalog and click on My Account.
  2. Click “Renew My Materials”.
  3. Enter your UserID (@ number) and PIN, 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.


The journal collection is located on the third floor. Print journals are library use only and available for copying/scanning. Photocopiers/scanners are available on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of the library.