The WOU catalog provides access to our print and electronic books, online videos, and articles.
Ebooks, online videos, and most articles are available immediately via links in the catalog. For print books, use the call number to find the book on the shelf yourself or use Request option to have us pull the book for you to pick or or have mailed to you.
More details are below. If you have any questions about how to access library materials that aren't answered here, get in touch with us.
WOU is a member of Summit -- a group of 38 college and university libraries in the Northwest that lend materials to each others' students. Borrowing from other libraries has resumed. Use the Request option to borrow items through Summit.
The catalog is set to General Search by default. This searches for all types of materials (books, ebooks, videos, articles). If you only want books, or only want articles, you can change to that option. Once you've done an initial search, you can use filters to further refine your results.
TIP: Unless you know the title of the item you want, it is best to use as few words as possible.
After you search, you'll see filters on the left side of the results page. The filters shown will depend on what type of search you selected, but here are examples of what you'll commonly see.
Availability: To only see items you can access online select:
Resource Type: Great for limiting to one specific type of material. Some common filters are:
Date: Particularly useful when looking for articles.
Language: Use this when looking for resources in a specific language.
Applying Multiple Filters
You may apply more than one filter at a time by checking the ones you want, and then click the green 'Apply Filters' icon at the bottom of your screen
Click the Title of the item to see more details and view access options.
Options for accessing library materials are listed under the Sign in for more options banner.
For print books, you have two options:
For online materials, you'll see Full text available at: followed by a link. Click on the link to access these online materials.
In order to download and virtually checkout an ebook (instead of reading from your browser) you'll need access to Adobe Digital Editions. For assistance installing it on your specific operating system, see these guides:
Additionally, you'll need to create a free Adobe ID (if you don't have one already). You do not need to use your WOU email when registering.
If downloading a book from EBSCOhost, you will be prompted to sign into or create a free 'My EBSCOhost' account.
Ebook Central Details Page Overview (1:30 - 2:27)
Using the web-based Ebook Reader