To the WSU Pullman Community: Closure of Libraries

To the WSU Pullman Community:

The WSU Libraries on the Pullman campus will close beginning March 21, 2020 due to the evolving environment surrounding COVID-19. All other state university libraries in Washington have already closed, as have the vast majority of research libraries in the U.S. and Canada. We regret making this decision but think it is necessary for everyone’s safety. Libraries and library staff are very committed to helping people and to providing resources to support research and learning. We will continue to do our very best to serve during this trying time.

During the closure we will still be providing a large suite of remote services. Below are a few of the resources available but this link ( ) will always have the most up-to-date information on access options and services available.


Print books held in our library can be checked out and mailed to you via request. Return postage will be provided. Visit our website for access to Search It and other databases.

We are also going to increase our Purchase on Demand options for materials that cannot be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.

We have over 200,000 e-books available in many disciplines. Please work with your liaison librarian or get help online if you have questions about these resources.

You can also use our Purchase Request form if you have something for us to consider purchasing: .

Books and materials you already have checked out with the exception of reserve items will be automatically renewed until they are returned.

Journal Articles & Magazines:

Many journal articles can be accessed online via our website. For items not available in full-text online, you can request copies in Search It. For in-house materials, we will scan and email them. For items not held locally, we will process Interlibrary Loan requests.


Reference:  Online Reference is available 24/7. Pullman librarians and staff will be online Monday-Thursday from 9am – 5:30pm and Friday from 9am – 4:30pm (at a minimum). Staff at other libraries will help in other hours. See our Ask Us page for available reference methods.

Reserves: Most items are already on electronic reserve and will remain available 24/7. If you have additional requirements see our Course Reserves page.

Instruction: Librarians can meet with your class using Zoom. They can create online activities for your students and share the results with you. They can consult with students individually, or in groups, using Zoom, via email, or over the phone. To find your subject librarian see our Find Your Librarian by subject page.

Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC)

MASC faculty and staff are available to assist with remote research. Please contact by email: or call 509-335-6691.

Again, we regret having to make this decision. We will do our best to reduce the disruption this will cause.