This issue of 3Things welcomes you back as the library buildings are open once again! And whether you are returning to a familiar place or are new to the library, we have lots of great news for you. We are joining the community of libraries across the country who have gone fine-free and are no longer charging overdue fees for most materials. We have also revamped our course reserves options so instructors can pick & mix what works best for their classes. And, whether your classes are online or in person, (or some combination of the two), the Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio are here to make your school year better.
As of September 22, 2021 the Western Libraries will no longer charge overdue fines for most WWU library materials. All existing overdue fines have been forgiven. The Libraries has been waiving overdue fines throughout the pandemic and are happy to make this practice official. Western now joins the 100+ libraries across the country who have made this change, including the Seattle Public Library, Bellingham Public Library, and the Whatcom County Library System.
Ever wonder what the benefits are of using course reserves? Instructors can enhance the student learning experience by offering easier access to the materials they want their students to find and use. Course reserves can include books, DVDs, journal articles, ebooks, streaming videos, and scans from the Libraries’ print collection. Western Libraries now offers a range of course reserve options designed to give instructors the level of support and flexibility they choose.
Last year, our fall newsletter focused on some of the ways we would continue to offer access to library services, collections, programs, and resources, despite the ongoing closure of library buildings due to the pandemic. Now here we are one year later, grateful that the library buildings have reopened, happy to see students, faculty, and staff in library spaces once again, and thankful we can apply much of what we have experienced and learned to ensure that whether we are in person or online, we will meet the needs of those who depend on us at Western. And as we welcome both new and returning students and faculty back into the library buildings, we want you to know about some of the ways we are here for you.