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Guest Borrowing

Fee Based Borrowing Services:

For security purposes all guest patrons are required to show a State issued ID upon checkout. Failure to do so may result in immediate suspension of library privileges.

For an annual fee of $50 community members receive the following privileges:

  • Check out a maximum of 10 books at one time. (DVDs, Videos, and all Reserves material will be available for in-building use ONLY.)
  • 28 day loan, no renewal
  • Request access to our Storage collections, and check out materials that circulate
  • Access to electronic resources and databases from on campus

The following service will incur additional fees:

  • Renting the Community Room, or Bernath Auditorium for educational or cultural events. (Restrictions apply)

To apply for a Library Card: At any circulation desk, provide the $50 payment, (Cash, or check accepted at all libraries. The Undergraduate Library, Medical Library and Purdy/Kresge Library also accept charge cards), and show a picture ID with name, and current address.

Standard Overdue fees apply. When overdue fines or replacement costs accrue to over $50, guest borrowing and other privileges are revoked until payment is received, and materials returned.

Guest borrowers are restricted from:

  • Placing hold requests on books or other items
  • Gaining access to our electronic resources and databases from home or off campus
  • Gaining access to our group study rooms and computer labs
  • Some categories of reserve items

Corporate Borrowers:

  • Individuals doing research as a part of a corporation, business, or institution may acquire corporate guest borrowing privileges. An annual $250 fee is assessed and provides one library card, and up to 5 proxy cards for use by six individuals each of which carry a 10 item limit

Other *Free* Borrowing Options for non-WSU Patrons:

Community Members, Alumni, Students and Faculty:

  • MI Library Card:
    • WSU Libraries participates in MI Library Program, the statewide reciprocal borrowing program that provides in-person access to the resources and information housed in libraries through Michigan and guest borrowing privileges at a growing number of public and academic libraries throughout the state. If you come from a participating institution, you will be extended guest borrowing privileges for one year. Privileges are extended annually provided your institution remains a member of MI Library Program. Borrowing privileges will be commensurate with WSU Guest Borrowers, fee not included.
  • MeLCat:
    • Users from participating libraries across Michigan can search for items available at WSU and request delivery to your own institution
    • Also if your own institution participates in the “visiting patron” option, you can borrow items from WSU Libraries using your own institutions library card

WSU Alumni (non-Association)

Contact Mike Hawthorne for more information.

  • One renewal allowed.
  • All other privileges same as Guest Borrowers (including annual fee).

WSU Alumni Association Members:

  • Free borrowing privileges with proof of membership
  • Check out a maximum of 10 books at one time
  • 28 day loan, one renewal
  • DVDs, videos, and all reserves material will be available for in-building use only
  • Access to storage materials

Anthony Wayne Society Members

  • Free borrowing services listed above.
  • One renewal allowed.
  • Proof of current membership is required.

WayneDirect Students

  • Free borrowing services listed above.
  • OneCard required.

Other Michigan based Students and Faculty:


  • Academic Research Libraries in OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program:
    • Faculty from participating institutions will be extended guest borrowing privileges.
    • Proof of current faculty affiliation required.
  • Full-time faculty of colleges and universities:
    • With the following ranks, are extended guest borrowing privileges:
      1. Instructor
      2. Assistant Professor
      3. Associate Professor
      4. Professor

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Need Help?

For questions or problems related to the circulation of library materials please contact Mike Hawthorne.