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Research Guides

Eastern Washington University Libraries

Services for Graduate Students

General Frequently Asked Questions

Library Stats

  • 21 miles of shelving in the JFK Library
  • 1.5 million items
  • 750,000 titles
  • 30,000+ online or print periodicals
  • 14,400 videos/DVDs
  • 100+ electronic databases
  • 200 laptops for check-out
  • Around 100 public computer stations in the JFK Library, 14 in the Spokane Academic Library
  • 1,270 seats
  • 12 group study rooms in the JFK Library, 5 in the Spokane Academic Library
  • 1 coffee shop in the JFK Library, and the Fresh Plate Cafe is one floor below their library
  • Wireless access throughout the JFK and Spokane Academic Library

When is the library open?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the JFK Library is open for In-and-Out Lobby Services by appointment during the academic quarters (subject to change).

Monday-Friday: 9-5

Patrons can check out or return reserved equipment and non-equipment materials (books, DVD's, etc.).

Other services include accessing scanning or printing stations and Thomas Hammer for to-go coffee orders.

More information can be found here: https://www.ewu.edu/library/how-to-access-library-resources-during-a-closure/

Spokane Academic Library is closed, but remote assistance and curbside pick-up is available.  For more information, visit this SAL page.

Where is the library?

  • JFK Library on the Cheney campus is on the Mall, directly across from Patterson Hall
  • Spokane Academic Library on the Spokane campus is on the 2nd floor of the Academic Center
  • Online at http://www.ewu.edu/library

Where can I study?

  • Group study rooms are unavailable during COVID-19 restrictions.
  • At study carrels and tables scattered throughout the libraries
  • In the JFK Library, in group study rooms: 7 on the Lower Level and 5 on the Upper Level
  • In the Spokane Academic Library, in 5 group study rooms
  • In the JFK Library, assigned lockable carrels for students working on their thesis; contact Circulation Desk at 359-7888 or email ewu.circulation@ewu.edu for availability

How can I check out a laptop or other equipment?

  • Go to this page [https://www.ewu.edu/library/how-to-access-library-resources-during-a-closure/] to find details on how to reserve equipment and pick it up by appointment.
  • In the JFK Library, go to the Lower Level Services Desk to check out a laptop, digital camera, projector, etc.
  • In the Spokane Academic Library, go to the Circulation Desk to check out a laptop. (For other equipment, you'll have to come to the JFK Library.)

How can I organize and cite my sources?

Use RefWorks, an online citation management system. With it you can import citations from databases, organize into folders, and format in-text citations and bibliographies in any style.

How can I get more help with my research?

  • Contact a librarian using our Ask a Librarian chat service.
  • Set up an appointment with the librarian assigned to your subject area.
  • For personalized consultations in the Spokane Academic Library, contact the Circulation Desk, or call 358-7930.

How can I get more help with my writing?

Contact the Writers' Center. You will need to make an appointment with them, but they can meet face-to-face or virtually.

For more frequently asked questions, see the general FAQ.