Libraries

Off-Campus Access

WIU students, faculty, and staff connecting to the Internet through an off-campus Internet Service Provider may gain password access to many library subscription databases and resources by using their WIU ECOM username/password.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which e-journals can I access from off campus with my ECOM account?
  • Virtually all of WIU's electronic journal subscriptions are available at remote locations with your WIU ECOM username/password. Consult the Periodicals Holdings List to locate available online journals.

  • Which databases can I access from off campus with my ECOM account?
  • Virtually all library subscription databases are available at remote locations with your WIU ECOM username/password. Consult the alphabetical list of online databases for more information (select the "Info" button beside each database).

  • How do I login to the WestCat Library Catalog?
  • Login to the WestCat Library Catalog with your 14-digit Library Identification number (i.e. 21711 plus your 9-digit WIU ID number).
    Image of WestCat login page

    Example of a WestCat login entry


  • What is my Library Identification Number?
  • Your 14-digit Library ID Number begins with the library's five-digit 21711 prefix and ends with your nine-digit WIU ID number which you were assigned when you enrolled at Western Illinois University (it is printed on the front of your campus ID card). The Registrar's Office assigns University ID numbers. Contact Library Access Services if you are enrolled at WIU, but your Library ID does not work.
    Image of a WIU Student ID with the ID number and Library number circled with an arrow