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Circulation and Your Library Account

Borrowing Privileges for Kaplan Students

Overdue Policies

Group Study Rooms



Moodle Policies

Wi-Fi for Visitors


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.

Borrowing Privileges

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.

Borrower Responsibilities

Items checked out on a personal Whittier College identification card remain the responsibility of the individual named on that card. Items checked to an individual must be returned in good condition, without evidence of defacement, mutilation, or water damage. Patrons who return books damaged beyond repair will be checked a $75 replacement fee.

Loan Periods and Renewals

Loan Period for Students and Staff:

Loan Period for Faculty:

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


Borrowers are responsible for renewing books they have checked out on or before the due date to avoid overdue fines. Library materials 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) 464-4538, 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 comprehensive 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.

For most items, 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). After a final overdue notice is sent, replacement charges will be submitted to the Business Office.

Replacement charges for Whittier College books 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 books between 21 and 180 days after the due date may be eligible for a $50 refund for each overdue item.

LINK+ and Interlibrary Loan items not returned within 21 days of the due date will result in the restriction of Library privileges until the items are returned or the issue is resolved.

More Information

For additional information, please contact the Circulation Supervisor, Cindy Bessler, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. either in-person, by telephone (562) 464-4538, or by email, cbessler@whittier.edu

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Located on the Mezzanine and Top Floor, Wardman Library’s study rooms are great locations to brainstorm, share ideas, and work in groups. All study rooms have whiteboards and some are equipped with HD displays. Dry erase markers and erasers are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

All eleven group study rooms are available for check out at the Circulation Desk. Patrons who check out a study room will be able to use the room for up to four hours. While patrons may temporarily use a room without checking it out, they will be asked to leave if another party checks out the room. Therefore, we encourage any group to check out a study room if they wish to use one.

Study Room Policies

A group study room may be checked out for up to four hours. The check out card must be returned to the Circulation Desk by the time due. Fines are assessed at $1.00 each hour when the checkout card is not returned on time. Study rooms may not be renewed or reserved at this time.

Violation of these or other applicable Library or college policies may result in temporary or permanent suspension of access to Library study rooms.

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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.

More Information

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 cbessler@whittier.edu.

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The Library currently has several third generation Apple iPads available for one day checkout. Tablets may be renewed up to three times. Overdue fines will be charged at a rate of $10 per day. After three days overdue, the device will be declared lost and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee of the original cost of the device. Upon checkout, all devices come with one black protective cover and one charger and cord. The borrower must sign the Mobile Device Borrower Responsibly Agreement.

For additional mobile device policy information, download the Mobile Device Policies & Borrower Responsibility Agreement.

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The Wardman Library currently has four (4) Dell Latitude E6530 laptops, three (3) Dell Latitude E5440 laptops, and eight (8) MacBook Pros with Retina display. These laptops are available for six hour checkout to students, staff, and faculty. All laptops may be renewed one time. Overdue fines will be charged at a rate of $25 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. Laptops may not be borrowed overnight.

For additional policy information, download the Laptop Borrower Responsibility Agreement.


All PCs are running Windows 7 Professional and come equipped with Microsoft Office 2016, SPSS, Adobe Design Premium CS5 suite, Firefox, Chrome, and many other applications. The MacBook Pros have Microsoft Office 2016, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Adobe Design Premium CS5 Suite, Firefox, Chrome, and other standard apps. 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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Whittier College offers wireless Internet access to students, staff, and faculty through the "Poets" Wi-Fi network. Non-College users will need to contact the IT Services Department for visitor Wi-Fi access. IT Services is located on the Ground Floor of the Wardman Library and can be reached at (562) 907-4287.

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