Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016     Views: 209

Yes, if you are a current Alumni Club member you qualify for a Courtesy Card that allows you to check out materials. Alternatively, if you are a resident of Whatcom County you can also get a free card for checkouts through the Whatcom One Card program. Please note, due to our contractual obligations we cannot allow off-campus access to databases at this time and access is not included with Courtesy Cards.

Loan Policies

Books: Loan period is 21 days

  • Pre-due notice - 1 day early
  • Overdue Notices - 5, 10, 15 days
  • Lost Book Billing - 25 days
  • Fines - $0.50/day
  • Recall Fines - $1.00/day
  • Maximum Fine - $15.00
  • Replacement Fee - $75.00
  • Nonrefundable Processing Fee - $15.00

Videos: Loan period is 7 days

  • Pre-due notice - 1 day early
  • Overdue Notices - 5, 10 days
  • Lost Item Billing - 15 days
  • Fines - $1.00/day
  • Recall Fines - $2.00/day
  • Maximum Fine - $15.00
  • Replacement Fee - $75.00
  • Nonrefundable Processing Fee - $15.00

Journals: Loan period is 3 days

  • Pre-due notice - 1 day early
  • Overdue Notices - 5, 10 days
  • Lost Item Billing - 15 days
  • Fines - $1.00/day
  • Recall Fines - $2.00/day
  • Maximum Fine - $15.00
  • Replacement Fee - $75.00
  • Nonrefundable Processing Fee - $15.00

Courtesy Card policies

Renewals 
Most general circulating materials can be renewed for two additional loan periods unless another borrower has requested them. You can renew most borrowed items on your computer by selecting the Renew materials / Access your Library Record feature on the Library Catalog menu, or at the Haggard Wing Loan Desk, or by phone at (360) 650-3084.

Overdue, Lost, or Damaged Materials 
All borrowed materials are due on the date printed on the receipt issued at the time of checkout. You can obtain information on the due dates of materials you have borrowed by selecting the Renew materials / Access your Library Record feature on the Library Catalog menu.

Paying Fines 
Fine payment can be made in person at Circulation Services, by phone or by mail. The phone number is (360) 650-3084. The address is Wilson Library Circulation, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103. If you pay by mail please make the check out to WWU and add your WWU library card number.

Fines and other charges must be paid before a Courtesy/Community Card can be renewed.

Recalls 
Once an item has been checked out for 21 days or more, it is subject to recall when requested by another library user. A new due date is assigned which allows the borrower 7 days to return the item.

Copy Card Feature 
The Courtesy/Community Card is equipped with a magnetic stripe that can be encoded for use in copiers in the library. You can encode your card by inserting the card and money in the appropriate receptacles at most copy machines.

Interlibrary Loan 
Interlibrary loan services are not available to Courtesy/Community Card holders. Please contact your college or local public library when you need to borrow materials from other libraries.

Lending Your Card 
Because your Courtesy/Community Card is not a picture-ID, you can lend it to friends or family without the knowledge of the Libraries. Please remember that as the card holder of record, you are responsible for all materials borrowed using your card. If your card is lost, please notify the library immediately so its usage can be blocked.