Answered By: Ben Murphy
Last Updated: Sep 08, 2021     Views: 82

Penrose Library makes certain resources available to visiting scholars, local high school students, and members of the community. In order to borrow from Penrose Library, you must have a valid Penrose Library Community Borrowing card. Currently (as of Fall 2021), the library is not open to people who do not have a Whitman ID, but community card holders can still request books for pick up.

Library cards may be purchased at the Penrose Library Circulation Desk. Cards will be issued upon completion of an application form, presentation of photo ID, and payment of appropriate fees. Community members under the age of 18 must have a parent present to be issued a card. Any questions or concerns about Library ID cards or general circulation issues should be directed to Access Services at ill@whitman.edu or 509-527-5192.

Library users assume responsibility for notifying the Library of change of address, loss or theft of Library ID card, and loss or theft of library materials they have borrowed. Library users also accept responsibility for materials borrowed on their ID card and for returning materials to the Library by the due date.

Community Borrowing Rates – Annual Fees
Area high school students: $10 (Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent when signing up)
Area elementary and high school teachers: $25
Walla Walla Community College students and faculty: $25
Walla Walla University students and faculty: reciprocal borrowing agreement (valid ID required)
Members of the general public: $45
Orbis Cascade Alliance & NAPCU libraries - reciprocal borrowing agreement (valid ID required)
Spouses/partners/dependents of Whitman employees - no charge


Summit and Interlibrary Loan borrowing are not available to Community Borrowing members of Penrose. Community members may check out up to five items at a time. Library privileges will be suspended for any patron accruing $5 or more in fines, until partial or complete payment is made. Please pay all fines at the Penrose Circulation Desk.

Notifications of recalls, fines and bills will be by e-mail whenever an e-mail address is available; otherwise United States Postal Service will be used. It is the responsibility of the borrower to ensure the library information on file concerning addresses and phone numbers is current and accurate.