Patron Responsibility

By checking out Library materials you accept all responsibility for materials until they are returned to the Library.

  • You are responsible for knowing due dates
  • You are responsible for fines and fees
  • You are responsible for keeping items in the same condition as when they were checked out

If you choose to lend an item to someone else while the item is checked out to you, you risk being held responsible for any damage or loss of the item.

Availability of Materials

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to use the Library, the computer workstations, printing and scanning services, classroom space and lounges. The Library also houses the Tutoring Center, where students can schedule appointments with subject-based tutors, as well as receive walk-in support.

It is the Library’s mission to provide you with resources you need to succeed in your studies. In addition to physical materials available in house, as well as through Summit loans, library resources are available online through databases, online newspaper access, eBook platforms, and other electronic materials. To browse through WPU’s Database offerings, see the A-Z Database list.

All physical materials requested from other institutions will be available at the Tabor campus Library Front Desk. You will receive email notices on your campus email account when your requested books have arrived and are available for pick up.

Tech Loans

All students can access WPU Library’s Tech Loans, which include laptops, tablets, microphones, graphing calculators, and earphones.

Keep in mind that Tech Loans and Course Reserves have a shorter loan period than other materials. The short loan period increases access of particular items to more patrons.

Course Reserve Loans

Occasionally, professors will make books and videos from their curriculum available for short-term loan for students. This ensures that students have access to course materials. Course reserves are found at the Library Front Desk, organized by Professor last name and course code. You may check out course reserves for the amount of time your professor has allotted. Generally, materials are on loan for 2 hour increments.


To renew materials you may do one of the following:

  • Access My Library Account via the Library’s catalog
  • Visit the Front Desk in the Library (you do not need to have the items with you)
  • Call the Library during hours of operation: (503) 517-1102

Items cannot be renewed if one of the following apply:

  • Maximum amount of renewals has been reached
  • Item has gone to lost status
  • A hold has been placed on your account
  • Someone else has placed a hold on the item trying to be renewed
  • A recall has been placed on the item trying to be renewed
  • The item is a Summit or ILL item

Be aware that you will still be charged overdue fines if there is a gap between the original due date and the renewal date.

Overdue Notices

The Library utilizes the WPU campus email system for delivery of communication to all students. Library communications and overdue notices will be sent to your WPU email address only. You may place a forward on your WPC email address to your preferred email account if you wish.

Notices are sent as a courtesy. You are expected to take responsibility for knowing when your Library materials are due and returning them on time. You may access My Library Account online at any time to verify what materials are checked out to you, when they are due, and to renew them yourself.

Fine Appeals

If you think the Library has made an error that resulted in fines being charged to your account or if you have a unique situation that resulted in the late return of materials, you may file an appeal. The appeal will be reviewed by the Library staff and charges may be upheld, reduced, or waived.

In considering your appeal the staff will take into consideration your appeal statement, applicable data from the Library’s circulation system, and previous communication you had with the Library as well as your Library record.

Appeals based on the following will not be considered:

  • Forgetting or not knowing the due date or Library policy
  • Disagreeing with fee structure or Library policy
  • Loaning the item to a third party
  • Being too busy or out of town
  • Claiming that your need was greater than another’s or that you were not done with the item
  • Not receiving or not reading a courtesy overdue reminder
  • Transportation problems

Note: Summit and ILL fines may not be appealed!

Account Blocks

Patrons who have fines in excess of $30.00 will be barred from checking out materials until the fines are resolved or transferred to the Student Financial Services Office. Exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of full-time staff members. Repeated violation of Library policies, numerous lost or damaged books, or any other behavior which Library staff deem unacceptable to the mission of Warner Pacific University and its Library may result in Library privileges being limited or revoked.


All aspects of a patron’s Library record are considered confidential and are to be shared with no one other than the patron. This includes a patron’s circulation records, personal information, areas of interest, database searches, etc.

For libraries to flourish as centers for uninhibited access to information, librarians must stand behind their users’ right to privacy and freedom of inquiry.  For more information on the freedom of information and patron’s right to privacy, please see the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.