Interlibrary Loan is a formal agreement between libraries to share materials and provide copies of articles to other libraries. The Walla Walla Community College Library participates in a number of resource sharing agreements and delivery systems to provide the widest access possible to our patrons.

Borrowing Policy

The Library will borrow materials from other libraries when the resources of the WALNET collection does not meet the needs of the patron. There is no charge for the service and materials are first requested from holding libraries that do not charge for lending. The library reserves the right to pass on lending fees imposed by other libraries if the requested item is only available from a charging library. The patron will be notified before charges are incurred. Requested items will also be considered on an ongoing basis for purchase and addition to the permanent collection.

Books and Media

Patrons, with a valid library card and clear record, first make a direct request from the WALNET catalog for available materials before submitting an interlibrary loan request. If a title is not available through the local consortium, the patron may then make a direct request through WorldCat. These catalogs are available online at the Library website.

Patrons may request materials from other libraries online (direct request) via an interlibrary loan request ,or in person. WWCC Clarkston students may also be eligible for VALNET cards  they can use in local public and academic libraries (Lewis-Clark College). Librarians assist with complex bibliographic retrieval, completion of partial bibliographic citations and will recommend substitutes for topical material needed immediately.

The due date is set by the lending library. Renewals are done at the discretion of the Interlibrary Loan Assistant based on the lending library’s renewal policy. The requestor is responsible for any replacement charges assessed by the lending library for returnable interlibrary loan materials damaged or lost.


Patrons should check the library full text databases for articles before submitting an interlibrary loan request. For articles less than five years old, CONTU guidelines prohibit us from requesting from other libraries more than 5 articles, published in the same year, from the same periodical.

Requested articles will be emailed as attachments to the patron whenever possible and become the property of the requester.

Additional Information

Researchers should plan on 4 days for articles and 10 days for books between requesting and receiving an item. Patrons will be notified by phone or e-mail after the requested item arrives at the library.

Priority for ILL is given to WWCC students, staff, and faculty for research purposes throughout our service area. We will refer public patrons to local public, research, or special libraries, as appropriate, to best match borrower needs with library resources.

Lending Policy

Walla Walla Community College practices fee-free resources sharing. Not all items are available for lending to other libraries. All circulating items are generally available for lending including those on display. Items on Reserve are temporarily unavailable. Reference books are unavailable for lending.