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Research Guides

Eastern Washington University Libraries

Library Resources for EWU Online

This guide will assist you in finding relevant library resources for your classes.

Find Books, Videos

Having problems requesting items via Summit? Please contact the JFK Circulation Desk at 509.359.7888,, or in person on the main level. 

Finding eBooks

The Library Catalog contains all the eBook collections which the library subscribes.  If an item is available from the library, then it will have green colored text indicating it's available.  To access eBooks, follow these directions. 

  • Click the green text (it typically says Online access) to call up the record for the item.
  • Under the View Online section, you'll need to sign in using your EWU Single Sign-On (SSO) credentials.  If you have trouble, then contact the EWU IT Help Desk at (509) 359-2247.
  • Once logged in, you'll see links available to the eBook in whatever eBook collections they're available (see the pic below).
  • Some eBook collections may ask you to sign up for a free account before being able to read the eBook.

Getting Physical Books Delivered to You

EWU patrons who are outside the local (Cheney/Spokane) area (see the Summit Services page for who qualifies) can get library materials delivered directly to them.  Follow these steps to get materials:

  • Search the library catalog to find the materials you need. 
  • When you find the item you want,  click on the title to open up the record.
  • Under the Get It section, log-in using your campus Single Sign-On (SSO) credentials.
  • For EWU materials, click on Request EWU ItemIf we don't own it, then click on Place Summit Request.
  • Under Pick-Up Location, select EWU Cheney (unless you're at Bellevue College, then you can select the Bellevue College location & you're done).
  •  In the box for Non-JFK Pickup/Delivery, write the phrase Home Delivery.  It will let our staff know you need our home delivery service.
  • Our library staff will contact you via your EWU email to confirm your status and the address where you want to item delivered.
  • The library will send the item to you via FedEx and supply you with an pre-addressed label to return the item back to us.
  • Note: Summit materials are typically sent to Cheney first (typically 4-8 business days) and the item will then be mailed to your address.  Please take these time frames into consideration in your own research timelines.
  • For more details, please see the Summit Services pages.

Other Suggestions for Getting Physical Materials (books, etc.)

Getting books and other physical materials will depend on your location.  Here are some basic tips:

  • Check with the academic library on the campus where your program is located.  They may let you borrow their materials using either your EWU ID or issue you a card for their library.
  • If you are near a university library that is a Summit location, then you can be "adopted" by that library and be able to receive Summit books at that local library.
  • If you've searched the library catalog and EWU or Summit libraries don't own an item, then you can place an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request.  Be sure to indicate that you are a distance education student and make sure your address is correct before submitting the request.  You can go to this page read their criteria for distance education students.