Q. I am a Distance Learning Student - how do I discover local library options?
Many of Walla Walla University's library resources are accessed online and thus can be accessed from anywhere in the world but sometimes a local library works best. If you are a student who is not able to visit one of our Walla Walla University locations in person, you may have options for library access through local libraries - either public or academic.
Most public libraries will allow access to patrons in the community. If you aren't familiar with your local library you can contact them to find out what is required to get a card, to access services like interlibrary loan (sometimes there will be a small fee involved), their open hours, and what local databases that they offer.
Academic library availability can vary wildly. Many state universities will allow on-site access to patrons that are not affiliated with the institution for such things as databases and online resources as well as browsing book collections on the shelf. Some colleges and universities may have guest privileges available for checking out materials. The best thing to do will be to contact the library and speak with their reference or circulation departments to discover their policy for users who are not taking classes at the institution.
WorldCat.org will allow you to search for books across many different institutions, and when you put your zipcode in the box, it will show you the libraries nearest to you geographically that hold a particular item.
Keep in mind that electronic access to Walla Walla University databases and eBooks is available from anywhere, and that we can facilitate Interlibrary Loan requests of physical items for distance learning patrons.
If you would like assistance locating information about local libraries feel free to contact Walla Walla University Libraries for assistance with this task.