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Riverpoint Campus Library changes its name!

The 25th anniversary of the creation of our campus is cause for celebration as well as reflection on where we have been and where we are going.

An important change to the description of this campus has been slowly evolving as we engage with more partners outside of Spokane and as we try to market our respective universities. While “Riverpoint campus” has served its purpose well, it does not communicate “university.” For that reason, the universities are phasing out the use of “Riverpoint campus” and will simply refer to their respective programs as WSU Spokane or EWU Spokane.

As part of this transition, the shared library will now be called the Spokane Academic Library. If more of a descriptor is required, adding EWU or WSU is certainly appropriate.

For those using software to access books or other specific services, please look for Spokane Academic Library (and either EWU or WSU) effective as soon as we make the software changes.

Fast facts

  • 20,000 circulating book titles
  • 2,000 reference titles
  • 400+ printed journal titles
  • 16 reference area computers, a limited number of laptops for student check-out (3 day), two laptops for faculty classroom use (4 hour).
  • Full-text articles from thousands of periodical titles via the Internet

About the library

The Spokane Academic Library supports the academic programs of Washington State University and Eastern Washington University offered in Spokane.

The library maintains a collection of books and periodicals in print, but relies on the main campus libraries in Pullman and Cheney for much printed material.

WSU and EWU students, faculty, and staff may request books from the JFK Library in Cheney and the WSU libraries in Pullman, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver using WSU's Griffin catalog and EWU's library catalog.

Additionally, they may request books from 26 academic libraries in Washington and Oregon through SUMMIT. After registering with ILLiad, they may request both books and free copies of journal articles through interlibrary loan.

Books and periodical articles requested from WSU and EWU libraries are usually ready to pick up at the Spokane Academic Library within three days. Books requested through SUMMIT usually arrive within 5 business days or less.

In recent years, scholarly periodicals have become increasingly available online via the Internet. Collectively, WSU and EWU subscribe to over 7,000 such titles, most of which are available to students, faculty, and staff on Library PCs. Many are also available to computer users elsewhere on campus.



Users must present a valid EWU, WSU, other Summit university, or Community Library borrower's card to check out materials.

Always bring your EWU, WSU, other Summit university, or Community Library card with you.

Loan periods

Loan periods vary in length from overnight to an entire semester. One book might circulate for 30 days while another checked out at the same time could have either a 28-day or one-semester loan period. The libraries in Pullman, Cheney, and at the WSU Spokane campus all have different circulation policies.

All materials are subject to a two-week recall; if another patron needs an item, you may have to return an item in two weeks.

Reserve materials

Reserve materials generally circulate for brief periods. Check out laptop computers  - see our Technology section for more info.


Please return all materials to the circulation desk or to the book drop at the Spokane Academic Library. Items checked out from WSU Pullman, from EWU Cheney, or from other Summit Libraries may also be returned at the Spokane Academic Library.


Where is the library located? Room 230, Academic Center Building, 600 North Riverpoint Boulevard. Campus Map

Where can I park? Free, one-hour parking is available on Riverpoint Boulevard. There are also parking lots that include some two-hour metered spaces. Parking permits can be purchased in the parking office . A one-day parking permit costs about $3.00.

Who can use the library? Students, faculty, and staff of Eastern Washington University and Washington State University are the primary users of the library. Individuals unaffiliated with the universities, but who live in the Spokane area, may register for community user cards at the library’s circulation counter.

Who can use the computers in the library? The reference area PCs in the library provide students, faculty, and staff of EWU and WSU with access to online library resources.

Two computers are available for use by others (community users) if they are not being used by WSU and EWU affiliates and if the visitor signs in at the service desk, which constitutes an agreement to abide by the conditions of use spelled out on the cover of the registration notebook.

Microsoft Office programs are available on the reference area PCs in the library. One machine, with a scanner, has many media creation programs installed. EWU and WSU students may check out one of our laptop computers. Faculty may check out a laptop for use in classroom teaching (not for office/reasearch use).

Where are the library books located? The Spokane Academic Library’s circulating collection is shelved on the upper floor of the library. Reference books, periodicals, and course reserve materials are shelved on the library's main floor. 

How long do items check out?  See the links below for general information. Some items may be different. 

WSU Info 

EWU Info (pdf) 

Laptop circulation policies are different

Do you charge fines?  We do, as an incentive to get things back on time. 

WSU Fines  

EWU Fines

What lets the libraries make all these rules? 

State law and regulation.


We serve WSU Spokane students and EWU students enrolled in Spokane classes (about 2,000 potential primary users).

The library houses some books and print journals; we offer many of our services digitally. A main function of the library is to serve as a document delivery center. Users generally request materials from WSU Pullman, EWU Cheney, or elsewhere.

Call or e-mail to schedule an appointment for professional reference or instructional help (509-358-7930 or spok.lib@wsu.edu).

Requesting materials

Allow plenty of time when you request documents or books from remote locations. Materials from Cheney and Pullman usually arrive within two to four working days.

Please allow more time during peak usage periods, such as the end of the school session. Interlibrary loans usually take two to four weeks to arrive.

Please no phone-in requests! Submit one request form per item.

Incorrect or incomplete cites or request forms may be returned unfilled.

WSU Users InterLibrary Loan Requests »

EWU Users InterLibrary Loan Requests »


Sun: 10 AM – 6 PM
8 AM – 9 PM
Fri: 8 AM – 5 PM
Sat: 9 AM - 5PM


Main Desk Phone: 509-358-7930

E-mail: spok.lib@wsu.edu
Fax: 509-358-7928

Location: 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Academic Center, Room 230

Mailing Address: PO Box 1495, Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Ship FedEx, UPS, etc. to: 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane 99202