As a distance student, you can request books through the Distance Student Book Request Form.
You can choose one of three options for delivery:
Books are checked out for 5 weeks (starting when the book is mailed).
If you request a book WCU doesn't own, you will receive an "Item Available Notice" email when the book arrives at WCU. However, it will take 2-3 days for us to get the book to Marcie Cohen at the Philadelphia Center. So when you see this email, know that the book isn't there yet, but it'll be there very soon!
In addition to using the WCU libraries, there are other ways to borrow books. If you need a book in a hurry, you may want to see if it's available at a local library such as your local public library or from other University libraries in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
If you live near any of the 14 PASSHE Universities, or the State Library in Harrisburg, your WCU ID card will allow you to borrow at those libraries.
You may want to check the library's website for hours, or contact them before your visit to make sure the items you want are available:
Bloomsburg University, Harvey A. Andress Library
California University, Louis L. Manderino Library
Cheyney University, Leslie Pickney Hill Library
Clarion University Libraries (Clarion & Oil City)
East Stroudsburg University, Kemp Library
Edinboro University, Baron-Forness Library
Indiana University of PA Libraries
Kutztown University, Rohrbach Library
Lock Haven University Libraries (Lock Haven & Clearfield)
Mansfield University, North Hall Library
Millersville University Library
Shippensburg University, Ezra Lehman Memorial Library
Slippery Rock University, Bailey Library
If you live in Pennsylvania the Access Pennsylvania database will lead you to books to borrow from public, school, special, or academic libraries. From the entry page at http://220.127.116.11/ , you can select a geographic area or search the entire state. Your local public library can assist you with borrowing these books through their Interlibrary Loan program.
If you can't wait the 5 days or so for a book to arrive via UPS, try these alternate solutions:
If one chapter looks particularly promising, requesting just that chapter is faster since the chapter will be scanned and sent to you. Chapters are sometimes listed in the book's catalog record, or on Amazon or Google Books.
If your book is not a textbook, and is more focused on a broad public audience instead of experts, the public library is more likely to have it.
Select the Books tab to limit your search.
Click on a title and type your zipcode in the "Enter your location" box to display libraries near you that own the book.
Once you locate a book title, you can search and/or request the book from your local public library; distance students can also request books WCU doesn't own through interlibrary loan.