McGinnis family library

The Dorothy J. McGinnis Family Library offers over 4,000 diverse children's book titles.

  • Become a member

    To check out books from our library, please complete the Patron Registration Form online or in our office. A team member will create an account for you using the information supplied.

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  • Explore our catelog

    View a complete list of the McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic's family library by using our online catalog.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Who can utilize the library?

    Individuals who are eligible to use the library and library resources are:

    • Current College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) faculty 
    • CEHD students who are currently registered in courses offered by the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies.
    • Parents of students (pre-kindergarten–eighth grade) who are enrolled in our programs for the current semester
  • How do I get registered to borrow a book?
    • Approach any McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic staff member at the front desk.
    • Present a valid ID (or alternative proof of current address).
    • Complete a Patron Registration Form (available electronically below or on paper at the McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic ).
  • What are the loaning procedures?


    • Approach any McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic staff at the front desk with the books you wish to borrow.
    • Provide your name.
    • Borrow no more than 10 items at a time.
    • Return books to the basket located at the front desk within the loan period.
  • When is a book due back?


    • The standard loan period for a book is 14 days.
    • Patrons will receive an email reminder that their items are due 2 days prior to the due date. 
    • A book may be renewed for another 14 days, up to 2 times, provided there are no holds placed on the book in which you wish to renew.
    • All books will be due by the Wednesday before WMU Final Exams week, regardless of check out date.
  • What happens if I return my book late?


    • If items are not returned on time, patrons will receive subsequent reminders 2 days and 7 days after the due date. 
    • If a patron returns a late item within 14 days of the due date, there will be no late charge.
    • If an item has not been received within 14 days after the due date, the patron will receive an email that includes an invoice for the current replacement cost of the book. 
    • Any patron returning a book over 14 days after the due date will be charged a $5 late fee. 
    • All book replacement and late fees must be paid online as a donation to the McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic or in exact change at the front desk. 
    • For returned items with major damage, the replacement cost of the item will be charged. Damage is considered major based on any of the following: missing and/or torn cover page, one missing and/or torn page, two or more partially torn pages, or scribbles and/or markups on five or more pages.
  • What are the library rules?

    • Eating and drinking is not allowed, except in designated areas as determined by program staff.
    • Leaving children inside the library unsupervised is prohibited.
    • Moving library furniture and resources requires authorization from the McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic staff.
    • Engaging in disruptive behavior, horseplay, or running is not allowed.


Questions about the McGinnis Family Library? Contact Dr. Elizabeth Isidro.