• Borrowing Policies

    Books and Audio Materials

    Books check out for 4 weeks at a time and may be renewed for an additional 4 weeks. You can renew books at the circulation desk or by phone at x3058 (Please have your student ID handy).


    DVDs check out for a maximum of 14 days and may also be renewed. 

    Faculty: note that faculty due dates for all materials are longer for class use and research.

  • Equipment Checkout Policy

    Available at the Circulation Desk

    Laptops (when available)
    Slide advance clicker

    All items are for in-library use only. Check-out with student or faculty/staff ID.
    Check-out period: Three hours.
    Patrons may be liable for lost or damaged items.

    Available from David O. Bradshaw, Sound Lab:

    Handheld recorders and accessories (Tascam recorders, cables, windscreens, etc).
    USB microphones

    Items must be checked out from David O. Bradshaw. Terms of use and duration of loan to be determined by David. Users assume liability by completing an Equipment Checkout Form, available from David.

  • Inclement Weather Policy

    We follow the College’s Inclement Weather Policy.

    If the College calls for a delay in classes or closes campus, the same applies to the Pew Learning Center & Ellison Library.

    If the College does not invoke its Inclement Weather Policy but snow or ice make travel hazardous, then the following applies:

    • Mornings and weekends: The building opens when the first staff member can safely get to campus.
    • Evenings and Saturday afternoons:  The building closes in time to allow the attending staff member to get home safely.
  • Exhibit Policy

    The library provides display space for members of the Warren Wilson Community.

    Check with Teresa Imfeld (x3098) for availability and suitability of space and for a time slot. Slots are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

    Each display needs to include a title and a sponsoring group/class.  Please prepare a sign with the title for your display and the name of the group or individual responsible for the display.

    The person or group scheduling the display is responsible for identifying items and for mounting and dismounting the display on the agreed-upon dates.

    If the display includes library-owned materials, the person mounting the display must check the materials out at the circulation desk, not to him or her personally but rather to “display.”  Once the display is taken down, the materials must be returned to the circulation desk to be checked back in.

    Library staff will not put up and take down displays initiated by campus individuals or groups.

    The library is not responsible for personal materials used in displays.

    Please fill out and return this form to Teresa: 

    Library Exhibit Policy  

  • Community / Alumni Borrowing

    New patrons in any of the categories below can only be added to the system by the circulation supervisor during regular work hours. Membership is on an annual basis, starting with the date entered into the system.

    Community Borrowers

    Our books are available via Interlibrary Loan through the public library system. Patrons in our local community who wish to borrow books directly from the college library may become Community Borrowers by purchasing an annual user card for $30. Interlibrary Loan services and remote access to subscription databases are excluded.

    Alumni Borrowers

    Warren Wilson College Alumni living in the local community can obtain a user card at no cost. Interlibrary Loan services and remote access to subscription databases are excluded.

    Retired Faculty and Staff

    Retirees, as defined in the College Staff Handbook, and their spouses/domestic partners have continued library benefits. Benefits exclude interlibrary loan services and remote access to subscription databases.

    Note: The library reserves the right to cancel library privileges for any of the above user groups, at any time, for any reason.

    Library Community / Alumni Borrower Registration

  • Library Service Policies—Various User Groups

    The Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library primarily serves the Warren Wilson College core community of current students, faculty, staff, and volunteers. All library services are available to this group.

    In addition, the following services are available to faculty and staff retired from the College, alumni (graduates from the College), as well as to former college employees and volunteers, friends of the College, members of the Asheville/Buncombe County community, and the general public.

    Library facility use: The library is open to the general public for study, reading, and research. The WWC core community has priority in using library spaces, including study rooms. Other groups may use the rooms as availability permits, but regular use and use for non-academic purposes is not permitted.

    Printing and copying: These services are available to the WWC core community free of charge (students have a quota for free printing). Members who are not part of the WWC core community can print a couple of pages via guest login; copies cost $0.10/page, payable in cash at the circulation desk.

    Electronic resources: Licensed content (databases, ebooks etc.) is available via the library home page to everyone who is in the library building. Off-site access requires login via campus username and password which the IT department issues to members of the WWC core community.

    Interlibrary Loan services: Interlibrary loan services are available to persons with WWC emeritus/a status free of charge (up to ten items a year); however, charges by the lending library are passed on to the borrower. WWC retirees may borrow up to five items a year via ILL. Charges by the lending library are passed on to the borrower. Alumni, former WWC faculty and staff members, and members of the general public, including community patrons, do not have access to interlibrary loan services.

    Equipment check-out: Equipment circulated by the library is available to the WWC core community only. The borrower assumes responsibility for repair or replacement in case of damage or loss.

    Access and use of the Sound Lab: The Sound Lab is primarily for use by the WWC core community. Priority for use of the space is for academic purposes by WWC community members, followed by use for their personal purposes. Occasionally, the Sound Lab considers requests from those outside the WWC core community, including college retirees, alumni, and residents of the Asheville/Buncombe county area. Permission for use depends on other demands on the space and its staff and requires payment. Fees vary depending on the particular project and are determined based on a variety of factors, such as duration, complexity, and degree of assistance required. Generally, rates are aligned with those of other commercial recording facilities in the Asheville area.

    Writing Studio: The Writing Studio is primarily reserved for use by the WWC core community. Alumni may contact the director to arrange limited support for projects directly related to their Warren Wilson experience, for example publications stemming from course projects or applications for fellowships.