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Find Books FAQs

How do I search for books?
How do I locate a book by the call number?
Does the library have any digital or eBooks?
Does the library have any audiobooks?
Where do I check out books?
How can I get a book that the library does not own?
Can I check out books in person from other libraries with my EagleCard?

How do I find books?

Go to EWU Library Catalog to search for books held by EWU and by other libraries that you can request. You may search by title, author, subject headings, or you may perform a keyword search.

How do I locate a book by the call number?

The library uses two main call number systems: Library of Congress (LC) for the books, journals, and videos, and Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) for the federal government documents, which are on the Lower Level.

In the JFK Library book stacks, titles that begin with A-Q can be found on the Upper Level. R-Z are on the Lower Level. See How to Read a Call Number for more information.

Does the library have any eBooks?

Yes. Use the EWU Library Catalog, and limit to Full Text Online and Resource Type: Books. See eBooks at EWU Libraries for more information.

Does the library have any audio books?

Yes. EWU Libraries offers hundreds of titles in downloadable audio format in EBSCOhost. See Find Audiobooks for more information. The JFK Library has hundreds of titles on CD and cassette format. They are located on the Lower Level and may be checked out for 3 weeks with 2 renewals.

The JFK Library also has a collection of multicultural children's literature on iPod shuffles. You can check out an iPod shuffle from the Lower Level Services Desk for 3 weeks with 2 renewals. 

Where do I check out materials?

In the JFK Library, check out books at the Circulation Desk, located on the Main Level of the library, next to the entrance. You will need to present your EagleCard. In the Spokane Academic Library, go to the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor.

How long can I have check something out?

  • EWU books circulate for 6 weeks, no renewals. (For faculty, books circulate for 90 days, with 2 renewals.)
  • Videos circulate for 1 week, no renewals. (For faculty, videos circulate for 1 week, with 1 renewal.)
  • Books requested from Summit libraries circulate for 6 weeks, no renewals.

For more information, see the Circulation & Fines policy.

How can I get a book that the library does not own?

Once you have found a record for the item you want, click Find in a Library. Click Place Summit request (3-5 days). Choose your EWU pickup location: Cheney, Spokane or Bellevue.

Can I check out books in person from other libraries with my EagleCard?

Yes, you can at any of the 30+ participating Summit libraries.  Summit libraries include all of the state universities in Washington and Oregon, the University of Idaho, as well as some private colleges in Washington and Oregon. (Unfortunately, neither Gonzaga, Whitworth, Spokane Community College nor Spokane Falls Community College are part of Summit.) Present your EWU ID card at the library you are visiting.  Your EWU registration will be verified online, and if currently enrolled at EWU, you will be "adopted" by the host library and receive guest borrowing privileges.

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