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Finals Week & Intersession Hours

Posted on: December 4, 2020

Topic(s): Updates

Hacherl Research & Writing Studio  

  • FINALS WEEK HOURS:  Monday -Wednesday*: 10:00am - 6:00pm (*Online submissions close Wed. morning) / Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm / Fri: 10:00am - 5:00pm (chat only)
  • Intersession Hours & Holidays: Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm (chat only) / closed Dec. 25 & Jan. 1

Tutoring Center 

  • FINALS WEEK HOURS:  Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 9:00pm / Fri: closed
  • Intersession Hours & Holidays: closed

On-Site Curbside Pickup Services

  • FINALS WEEK HOURS: (regular hours) Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to noon / Friday 10 a.m. to noon / Sunday noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Intersession Hours & Holidays: closed/no on-site pickup services on Friday, Dec. 25 / Sunday, Dec. 27Tuesday, Dec. 29Friday Jan. 1.  


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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours & Services

Posted on: November 23, 2020


Western Libraries Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Cornucopia with apples and squash inside and on the surrounding leaf-covered surface, near several un-lit candles.

Western Libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thurs. Nov. 26 through Sat. Nov. 28.

On-site curbside pickup services will not be offered on Fri. Nov. 27.  

On-site pickup services will resume on Sun. Nov 29.

The Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio will also be closed on Wed. Nov. 25, Thurs. Nov. 26, and Fri. Nov. 27.

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Update -Library Access & Services for Winter 2021

Posted on: October 20, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Update - Library Access & Services for Winter 2021

Western Libraries has implemented recommended and required precautions to support the health and safety of WWU students, staff, and faculty while still providing access to library services and collections. The Libraries remains open online and will continue to offer on-site pickup and mail delivery of library materials for the foreseeable future.

The latest guidance from the State of Washington has given libraries permission to open their buildings to the public at reduced capacity if specific health and safety requirements are met. However, the state also advises libraries to “continue to facilitate services through the mail or via curbside pickup where possible to limit interaction between staff and customers within enclosed space." Western Libraries is complying with the state’s advice and is providing access to services and collections online while also offering on-site pickup and mail delivery of library materials. 

All current WWU students, faculty, and staff can place online requests for materials from Western Libraries, or for items from participating Summit libraries, and may choose either on-site pickup or mail delivery options. Western Libraries also offers 24/7 online access to online tutorials, ebooks, articles and databases, and other video resources. All course reserve materials are electronic and available online. Course instructors, faculty members, or their representatives may submit course reserve requests for their classes, and students can access these resources via Canvas.

The Tutoring Center is providing tutoring support services online, including support for math and science GURs. During the Tutoring Center’s regular hours, students can connect with a peer advisor by clicking on the “Chat with the TC'' link, found on the left side of the Tutoring Center’s main page. Tutoring Center peer advisors are available to answer general questions, match students up with a tutor, or make referrals to other services. 

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio offers students support in research, writing, and other related areas. Students can connect live to an online meeting, initiate a chat using “Ask us,” or submit a draft paper for email response. Chat is available in real-time online during studio open hours, and students can also text questions to the studio at 360-797-5910. There are also many online guides and resources and Library Information Tutorials that cover all steps of the research & writing process including: starting a research project, finding and evaluating sources (including local and unique materials), and drafting and revising your text. 

To learn more about accessing library services, materials, and programs online, please check out the Library Resources for Teaching and Learning webpage.  You can also take a virtual tour of the library by clicking on this link to the Western Libraries virtual tour.

As things change, we will continue to share new information via Western Today, on the Libraries’ website, and our social media channels. We ask that students, their parents, WWU staff, faculty, and others in the Western community reach out to us with any questions about access to specific resources, services, or materials. We will do everything possible to answer your questions and to find methods and resources to meet your needs. 

Please see the complete directory of library personnel for more detailed contact information, and do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns. If you have general questions or are not sure who to contact, please email

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Collaborative Dialogue: Art & Identity

Posted on: October 14, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Collaborative Dialogue: Art & Identity; Teaching-Learning Academy & Western Gallery

Join WWU students, staff, faculty, and members of the community as together we explore the question: "How do we communicate or express perceptions of our self to those around us?" This collaborative dialogue event will take place online on October 29, 2020 at noon. 

Centered around the exhibition, "In Site: A New Realism," this event will highlight the culminating projects created by 10 students graduating from Western's BFA Studio Art program. The artists use diverse and deeply personal visual strategies to conjure new modes of perceiving past and present reality, investigating the ideas of history and identity.

An informational panel featuring one of the artists and WWU faculty will be followed by small group discussions in breakout rooms hosted online via Zoom. All are invited to attend and share their unique perspectives. 

This event is hosted by the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) at Western Libraries and the Western Gallery. The TLA dialogue events offer students, faculty, staff, and community members a chance to come together and explore questions and issues, practice and refine productive communication strategies, and develop interpersonal communication and collaboration skills. 

To participate in this event, please use this link: If you need more information or have questions about this event, please contact Nathan Romond (360) 650-3740 / 

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Summit Now Available; Returning Library Materials; Due Dates 

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western Libraries Update: Summit Now Available; Returning Library Materials; Due Dates 

Requesting & Borrowing Books and Materials

In addition to being able to request library materials for on-site pickup or mail delivery, all current Western Washington University students, staff, and faculty may now place requests for items from participating Summit libraries. The on-site pick up times are Tuesdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and noon, and items that are selected for mail delivery are mailed each Wednesday. Beginning Sunday, November 15, on-site pickup times will include Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. through the duration of fall and winter quarters, (not including intersession).

The Orbis Cascade Alliance has reinstituted sharing materials on an opt-in basis as libraries are able to safely resume onsite services. At this time, not all libraries have been able to rejoin, which means materials you may have requested through Summit in the past may not be currently available. Also, due to quarantine requirements and reduced staffing at our partner libraries, delivery of Summit materials will take longer than normal—likely 10-14 days for on-site curbside pickup, and longer for postal mail delivery. 

Once your request is filled, we will send you an email letting you know that your item is ready for pickup or that it has been mailed. For more information about requesting and borrowing library materials, please see: Requesting Materials for On-Site Pickup or Mail Deliveryor contact us at  

Due Dates and Returning Books & Materials

In order to ensure that those who are unable to return items due to COVID-19 do not accrue late fees, the due dates for materials currently checked out have been extended to January 8, 2021

However, if you are able to return materials before that date, please do so. You may use the book return drop located outside beneath the skybridge that connects the Wilson and Haggard buildings. This book return drop  is now open all hours. You may also return items by mail to:  Western Libraries / 516 High Street / Bellingham, WA 98225-9103.

To find out if there is an Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit) library in your areas where you may be able to return materials, or if you have other questions about returning library materials, please email: