Library Card

Patron Verification

To borrow materials from the library, patrons must show a current picture ID. A picture ID may include a WIU ID Card, Driver License, State Issued ID Card, Visa, Passport, etc. WIU-affiliated patrons should use their WIU ID card to obtain library services. Non-affiliated patrons can apply for a borrower card ("SLC") free of charge if they can present a picture ID.

Loan Periods

The automated circulation system will check out items for 4 weeks, 8 weeks or 16 weeks, depending on the status of the patron.

  • Faculty/Staff - 16 weeks
  • Emeritus Faculty/Retired Staff - 16 weeks
  • Graduate Students - 8 weeks
  • Undergraduate students - 4 weeks
  • Popular reading paperbacks collection - 4 weeks for all patrons
  • Media - 2 weeks for all patrons
  • Community Members - 4 weeks


Books may be returned to the outside bookdrop on Western Avenue, the bookdrop in the north lobby of the Malpass Library, or the counter of the Access Services (Circulation) Unit. Patrons who return books personally may ask for a receipt for their books.

Contact Information
Greg Phelps
Access Services