Western Libraries Courtesy/Community Card

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Western Libraries Courtesy/Community Card

The Courtesy/Community card provides enhanced services over the Whatcom One Card. Courtesy/Community card holders can check out more items, renew more times and place holds and recalls for materials through the library catalog.

The Courtesy/Community card does not provide off-campus access to online subscription databases, which are contractually restricted to current WWU students, faculty, and staff.

Due to COVID-19, community members are not currently able to borrow items from Western Libraries. At this time, options to request items from Western Libraries for pick up or mail delivery services are restricted to current students, staff, and faculty at Western. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to extend these same services to borrowers who do not have an active W# and account at Western. 

Please note: Bellingham Public Library is offering online requesting and curbside pickup of their library materials at their Central Branch location. For more information about those options, please see: https://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/curbside.

Current members of the following groups may obtain a Courtesy/Community Card at no charge. Expiration dates will vary.

  • Whatcom County colleges students, faculty, and staff
  • Affiliated teaching faculty
  • Retired WWU faculty, staff, and administrators
  • WWU Alumni Club members
  • WWU Retirees Association members
  • WWU faculty, staff, and administrator spouses or partners
  • WWU workshop participants
  • President's Club members
  • Students presenting reciprocal borrowing arrangement cards
  • SPIE employees



All other persons may purchase a Courtesy/Community Card for an annual fee of $25.00. The card is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

For more information on eligibility for a Courtesy/Community Card or other information, call Circulation Services at (360) 650-3084.