The Library maintains the following collections:
Most of the Library's stock is allocated to the General Collection. This consist of textbooks and monographs, theses and dissertations, conference papers and proceedings, and collected reprints. Items in this collection are categorized as long loan and may be borrowed for 2 weeks by students and general staff and 1 term by academicians.
These are books, which are consulted for specified items of information on a given subject, rather than read throughout e.g. atlases, statistical reports, dictionaries and encyclopaedias. Reference materials are non-circulating. Books in this collection are marked with red labels above its call number.
The collection consists of periodicals, newspapers, annuals (reports, yearbooks, etc), journals, memoirs, proceedings, transactions, etc. of societies, and numbered monographic series. They are non-circulating.
Vertical File Collection
A collection of local newspaper clippings pertaining to special issues in higher education, WOU brochures and pamphlets, speeches of WOU officers, and reprints of journal articles written by WOU academicians. These materials are non-circulating.
Red Spot Collection
Books on reading lists that are in exceptionally high demand are placed in the Red-spot Collection and may be borrowed for two hours by students. Overnight loans are allowed after 8.30 p.m. but the book has to be returned before 10.30 a.m the following morning. Fines for late returns are calculated on an hourly basis. These books are marked with red spot labels placed above the call number of the book. They are shelved separately from the General Collection. Generally only one or two copies of a title will be placed in the Red-spot Collection. Other copies will be placed in the General Collection.
The Library holds a small but growing collection of DVDs, CD-ROMs, videocassettes and audiocassettes. These materials can be used for preparing course materials, office training, and teaching or simply to add visual enhancements to presentations. Most audio-materials available on 1 week loan to academicians but only for reference to students.
The Library is building up its electronic collection particularly electronic serials. The collection is accessible to any WOU and DISTED College student and staff, regardless of geographic location and time. Also included are electronic resources freely available on the Internet.