Borrowing Services


How can I borrow a book?

Visit the library catalog to search for a book and place a hold. 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?


 Borrowing Periods

On Campus Pomona Students  1 week, 3 renewals
On Campus Oregon Students  6 weeks, 1 renewal 
 All Off Campus Students (3rd& 4th year 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, SDHS residents (limit of 3 items)  2 weeks, 1 renewal



Place holds on books you want to borrow. If the book is checked out, it will add your name to a waitlist.

Video Tutorial: Covers how to search for books, place holds, and cancel holds.

What can I place a hold on?

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

How do I place a hold?

  1. Search for the item you want to borrow from either the library catalog or Pumerantz Library Discovery Service. If using the Pumerantz Libary Discovery Service, open the record in the catalog by selecting the “View Record in Library Catalog” button.
  2. Select the “Place Hold” button.
  3. Log in using your WesternU credentials. If you are not able to log in, contact Library Circulation at 909-469-5323 or email
  4. The holds window will open. Select the “Place Hold(s)” button.

How many holds can I place?

Students, faculty, and staff can place up to 10 items on hold.

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.

Canceling online:

  1. Go to the library catalog.
  2. From the top menu bar, select “My Account”.
  3. Log in using your WesternU credentials. If you are not able to log in, contact Library Circulation at 909-469-5323 or email
  4. Go to the “Holds” tab.
  5. Select the hold you want to cancel.
  6. Select the “Cancel Hold(s)” button.
  7. Select “Yes” to confirm.

Renew Material

Renew your book when you need to borrow it for more time.

How can I renew material?

You can renew online, in person, or by telephone. An item may not be renewed if the item is on hold for another student or if you have exceeded your renewal limit.

How do I renew online?

  1. Visit the library’s online catalog and select “My Account”.
  2. Enter your WesternU username (without ‘’) and password.
  3. From the “Checkouts” tab, select the item(s) you want to renew.
  4. Select the “Renew” button. A message will appear confirming the renewal was successful.

Video Tutorial: Covers how to renew your book online

If your items do not renew successfully, call the circulation desk during library operating hours at (909) 469-5323.