CIRCULATION AND YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT INFORMATION
Your Library Account
You may access your library circulation account from the "My Account" link on the Library website homepage, or from the Library Catalog. To login you will need to supply your name and barcode number, located on the back of your Whittier College ID card. Once logged in, you will be able to view materials you have borrowed from the library, renew outstanding items, modify personal information, and more.
All library users must present a valid Whittier College ID card or library courtesy card to check out materials. Loss or theft of an identification card should be reported immediately to the Circulation Desk.
Whittier College students, faculty, and staff have access to materials onsite and through our LINK+ and ILL partnerships.
Other individuals who wish to use the general library collection may apply for a Courtesy Card. Courtesy cards enable non-Whittier College users to check out materials from the Library but do not confer printing and copying privileges, interlibrary loan services, or off-campus database access. The annual fee for courtesy cards is $75 per individual, or $125 for a shared card for married couples and domestic partners. Courtesy card holders may check out up to 3 books and/or DVDs at one time.
The following patrons are entitled to a free courtesy card, which expires at the end of the school year in which it is issued: Whittier Law School students and faculty; CSUF students (with a valid ID and a completed form from CSUF); Whittier-area teachers with proof of their institutional affiliation; Faculty from other colleges with proof of their institutional affiliation; Whittier clergy; and Whittier College and Law School alumni, Whittier College sponsors, and John Greenleaf Society members. Eligible patrons may renew their courtesy card membership for free at the end of each school year.
For more about courtesy cards and non-Whittier College user expectations, please consult our Non-Whittier College Users & Courtesy Cards policy document.
Items charged out on a personal Whittier College identification card remain the responsibility of the individual named on that card. Items charged to an individual must be returned in good condition, without evidence of defacement, mutilation, or water damage.
Loan Periods and Renewals
Loan Period for Students and Staff:
- General Collection Books: 28 days with 4 renewals; Fines: no daily fines (see below for overdue penalties)
- LINK+: 3 weeks; 1 renewal; Fines: $1/day
- ILL: 3 weeks; renewals at the discretion of the lending library; Fines: $1/day
- Reserve Materials: 2 hours in-library use only, 2 hours overnight, 4 hours in-library use only, 4 hours overnight; 1 renewal; Fines: $1/hour
- DVDs: 7 day loan; 1 renewal; Fines: $1/day
Loan Period for Faculty:
- General Collection Books: 1 school year (all materials due at the end of the spring semester)
- LINK+: 3 weeks; 1 renewal
- ILL: 3 weeks; renewals at the discretion of the lending library
- DVDs: 7 day loan, 1 renewal
Please note that some materials will not circulate. Some examples of materials that do NOT circulate are reference books, special collections materials, and periodicals. Courtesy Card holders do not have borrowing privileges for LINK+, ILL, or media materials.
Item Check-out Limits
- Students, faculty and staff: Unlimited number from the general collection
- Courtesy card holders: 3 items at one time
Borrowers are responsible for renewing books they have checked out on or before the due date to avoid overdue fines. Books may be renewed in person or online. If you have trouble with the online renewal function, contact a Library staff member.
Please note: Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items can only be renewed at the discretion of the lending library. ILL items cannot be renewed online. Contact Cindy Bessler, (562) 907-4538, 3 days prior to your checked out item's due date, for renewal information.
At this time, we do not place holds on materials.
For a complete list of library loan periods, renewal periods, and fines for books and media items, please click here. Media equipment lending information can be found here.
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Overdue Penalties and Lost Book Fees
Wardman Library does not charge daily fines for overdue books and DVDs in the general collection. Instead, borrowers with overdue materials are charged a flat rate for each overdue item at 21 days after the due date.
Courtesy notices will be sent to the user’s email account two days before an item’s due date; overdue notices will be sent regularly thereafter (Wardman Library assumes no responsibility for non-receipt of these notices). Once 21 days have elapsed after an item’s due date, overdue charges will be submitted to the Business Office.
Overdue charges for Whittier College materials will total a minimum of $75 per item (the library reserves the right to charge patrons the cost of the item, if it is higher). Patrons who return overdue materials between 21 and 180 days after the due date may be eligible for a $50 refund for each overdue item.
For additional information, please contact the Circulation Supervisor, Cindy Bessler, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm either in-person, by telephone (562) 464-4538, or by email, email@example.com
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BORROWING PRIVILEGES FOR KAPLAN STUDENTS
Kaplan students enrolled during the Fall and Spring semester may apply for a free Courtesy Card with valid Kaplan ID. Borrowing privileges allow Kaplan students to check out up to 3 books and/or DVDs at one time (including headphones) but do not confer printing and copying privileges, Interlibrary Loan services, or off-campus database access. Students visiting Whittier College exclusively in the summer are not eligible for a Courtesy Card, but are welcome to use Wardman Library's print resources onsite.
Consult our Lending Policies for Kaplan Students guide for additional details. For assistance in obtaining a Courtsey Card, please contact the Circulation Supervisor, Cindy Bessler, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm either in-person, by telephone (562) 464-4538, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The library currently has several first and third generation Apple iPads available for three day checkout. iPads may be renewed one time only. Overdue fines will be charged at a rate of $20 per day. After three days overdue, the iPad will be declared lost and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee of the original cost of the iPad. Upon checkout, all iPads come with one black protective cover and one charger and cord. The borrower must sign the iPad Borrower Responsibly Agreement.
For additional iPad policy information, download the iPad Policies & Borrower Responsibility Agreement.
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The library currently has four Dell Latitude E6530 laptops available for six hour checkout to students, staff, and faculty. All laptops may be renewed one time and can only be used in the library. Overdue fines will be charged at a rate of $60 per hour. After being overdue for twenty-four hours, the laptops will be declared lost and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee for the original cost of the computer. All patrons must sign the Laptop Borrower Responsibility Agreement.
For additional policy information, download the Laptop Borrower Responsibility Agreement.
All PCs are running Windows 7 Professional and come equipped with Microsoft Office 2013, SPSS, Adobe Design Premium CS5 suite, Firefox, Chrome, and many other applications. Each laptop is also configured to print to any library printer through PaperCut.
Please contact Systems Librarian Nick Velkavrh with any questions about the laptop lending program.
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Moodle Backup and Restore Policy
When making major changes to your Moodle site, we encourage you to do a backup. We will be glad to help you with this, or do the backup for you.
If your site content is accidentally deleted, we can help you to restore it. However, we are limiting such service to situations when there is absolutely no other option available (e.g. the whole site is deleted, or student data or forum submissions are gone). There is a cost for this service and the expense to recover lost content will be incurred by the responsible party.
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Effective February 14, 2014, the Wardman Library will longer be offering poster printing services. The Mail and Print Center at Whittier College has increased their services to include poster printing and will be taking over all requests. They can print up to 36” wide and 72” length-wise. Contact Barry Davis at 562-907-4264 or email@example.com for prices and any question that you might have.
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WI-FI ACCESS FOR VISITING PATRONS
Wardman Library welcomes non-College users from within and outside our local community. However, because our bandwidth is limited, we must restrict wireless access to a select group of guests, who will need to provide proof of their particular affiliation in order to be logged on to our wireless network. These users include:
- Whittier Law School students and faculty
- Cal State Fullerton students
- Whittier-area teachers
- Faculty from other colleges and universities
- Clergy from Whittier-area churches
- Whittier College and Whittier Law School alumni, Whittier College sponsors, John Greenleaf Society members, and visiting family members of current students.
Only full-time Library staff may sign guests into our wireless network. If you have any questions, please contact Systems Librarian Nick Velkavrh: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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