The Washington State University Libraries on the Pullman campus closed as of Sunday, March 22, due to the evolving environment surrounding COVID-19. All other state university libraries have already closed, as have the vast majority of research libraries in the United States and Canada.

“We regret making this decision but think it is necessary for everyone’s safety,” said WSU Libraries Dean Jay Starratt. “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, the libraries will still provide a large suite of remote services. Below are a few of the resources available, but this webpage will always have the most up-to-date information on access options and services.


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

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

We have more than 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 link if you have something for us to consider purchasing.

Already checked-out books and materials, with the exception of reserve items, will be automatically renewed until they are returned.

Journal Articles and Magazines:

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


Reference: Online reference is available 24/7. Pullman librarians and staff will be online Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (at a minimum). Staff at other libraries will help during other hours. See the Ask Us webpage for available reference methods.

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

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, email or phone. To find your subject librarian, see this webpage.

Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC):

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