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Giving to Western Libraries on WWU Give Day

Posted on: May 25, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

Collage with "WWU Give Day" text; Collage: 2 students with smiling eyes and facemasks; external entrance doors of the Wilson building; a "Welcome" sign in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio with students in the background; student looking at materialsThis year Western Give Day is May 26, 2022, and that's the day when we ask and thank you for your support of Western Libraries. When you make a gift to Western Libraries, you are making a gift that strengthens research, teaching, and learning throughout the university. And a percentage of every gift made on Give Day will be matched! 

We are committed to meeting the changing needs of the people who depend on Western Libraries. Because of your help, we are able to provide access to a wide array of library collections, to unique and primary source materials, and to student-centered services offered by the Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio. 

Your gift supports critical educational resources, access to digital collections, and important programs and services that promote collaboration and innovation, inquiry, curiosity, and creativity. It is because of the generosity of donors like you that Western Libraries can meet the needs of WWU students, staff, and faculty. 

Your support helps ensure we connect people to the resources, expertise, and collections essential to their academic success, lifelong learning, and community. Learn more about making a gift to Western Libraries on WWU Give Day at our WWU Give Day page. And thank you so much for your support of Western Libraries, of WWU students, staff, and faculty, and of the work we are doing together! 

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Intersession and Spring Quarter Hours

Posted on: March 9, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

Library Hours for Intersession and Spring Quarter 2022

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The Haggard and Wilson buildings of Western Libraries will be open during the intersession (March 19 - 27, 2022) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed weekends. 

The Wilson north entrance to the library will be closed from March 19 through March 27, but the library will be accessible during open hours via the Haggard entrance. Western Libraries will re-open the Wilson north doors and begin spring quarter hours on Monday, March 28, 2022. 

Western Libraries building hours for spring quarter 2022 are:  

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
  • Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday – closed 
  • Sundays – noon to 9:00 p.m. 


Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor) will be open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors to the Special Collections research room are encouraged to schedule appointments in advance. Access to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and University Archives & Records Management (both located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building) is available by appointment only.

Programs and services provided by the Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio  will be available in person and online at a reduced schedule during the first week of spring quarter and will resume regular spring quarter hours (listed below) on Sunday, April 3, 2022. 

  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
  • Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday – closed 
  • Sundays –5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.   


For spring quarter holiday hours, the library will be closed on Sunday, May 29 in advance of the Memorial Day holiday, but open Monday, May 30 from noon to 9:00 p.m. 

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Whatcom READS 2022 Event at WWU: Michael Christie March 4 Writing Workshop

Posted on: February 14, 2022

Topic(s): Events

Whatcom READS 2022 Author Michael Christie at WWU March 4 for Writing Workshop

Author Michael Christie and cover of his book, "Greenwood."

Canadian author Michael Christie will be at Western Washington University for “The Art and Craft of Writing” workshop on Friday, March 4, 2022, in the Reading Room of Western Libraries from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During this event, Christie will share insights into the writing process of Greenwood, the 2022 Whatcom READS book selection, and provide tips and inspiration for writers of all levels.

This Whatcom READS event is offered in collaboration with the Center for Canadian-American Studies at WWU as part of its new course, "Western Reads Canada," which focuses on introducing students to impactful contemporary literature by Canadian authors.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, and advanced registration is required. Guests must also wear a mask, provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours, and present matching photo ID.

Please register online at, where you can also learn more about other events with the author, including an evening at the Mount Baker Theatre, hosted by WWU’s Center for Canadian-American Studies Director, Dr. Christina Keppie.

In addition to writing Greenwood, Christie is also the author of the highly regarded novel If I Fall, If I Die and the linked collection of stories, The Beggar’s Garden. His work has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His essays and book reviews appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Globe and Mail. A former carpenter and homeless-shelter worker, the author divides his time between Victoria and Galiano Island, British Columbia, where he lives with his wife and two sons in a timber-frame house that he built. 

The Whatcom READS program celebrates reading, readers, and strong communities through the shared experience of one book. Entering its 14th year, Whatcom READS is presented by all the public and academic libraries in Bellingham and Whatcom County – Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Whatcom County Library System. Village Books is Whatcom READS’ community partner. Where possible, event recordings will also be shared on the Whatcom READS website. This event is sponsored by the Center for Canadian-American Studies, Whatcom READS, Village Books, and Western Libraries.

If you have questions about this event or need to request accessibility accommodation, please contact Christina Keppie, Director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies, via email to

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Winter 2022 Subscriptions Update: How to Share Your Input

Posted on: February 7, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

Winter 2022 Subscriptions Update: How to Share Your Input 

The 2021-22 subscription review list is now available for Western Washington University student, faculty, and staff input. As a reminder, Western Libraries does not have to make any subscription cancellations this year, but is moving forward with continuing a deliberate, strategic, annual review of subscriptions to ensure that the university’s subscriptions portfolio remains dynamic and relevant–especially in the context of Western’s curriculum, growth, and emergent needs. 

Students, faculty, and staff can visit the Libraries Subscription Review webpage to see the subscription review list, learn more information about how the list was generated, and find instructions on how to submit input.

Departments are not required to submit single, unified responses; instead, students, faculty, and staff have until Sunday, March 6 at midnight to submit individual feedback. Faculty, staff, and students may also continue to submit requests for new subscriptions, which will feed into next year’s review. Western Libraries Subject Teams are also available to meet with any interested department, institute, or group, to answer questions and hear feedback. We hope people will take every opportunity--individual or departmental--to communicate their needs.

In late winter and early spring, the Libraries will examine the feedback and explore the possibility of voluntary subscription swapping. We will continue to communicate updates via the Subscription Review site; the Library News and Western Today; department chairs; faculty governance and other leadership groups; all-faculty emails; and the Libraries’ Subject Teams. Any subscription “swaps” will be announced by the end of spring quarter. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Libraries’ Subject Teams or contact the Libraries’ Collection Services division.

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Departmental Delivery Resumes; Sunday Hours, Study Spaces, & Online Options

Posted on: February 2, 2022

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

hand resting on a table, holding a pen, writing. Spiral notebook and coffee cup in background.

Departmental Delivery Resumes; Sunday Hours, Study Spaces, and Online Options

Western Libraries has resumed Departmental Delivery Services and expanded its Haggard and Wilson building hours to include Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. As conditions improve and once staffing levels become more stable, library hours will expand again.*

For students looking for on-campus study spaces when the library buildings are closed, there is a 24-hour computer lab in Haggard 233, in addition to other study areas (in Haggard Hall on the 2nd and 3rd floors) that are also open 24/7.

Both the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio and the Tutoring Center are open for in-person services during the day and have online evening hours as well. For students searching for a study buddy or who just want to work online in the proximity of others, they can try out the new Virtual Study Together Hour,  a Zoom room hosted every weekday from 1 to 2 p.m. where students can hang out, study, chat, or ask questions.  There are also different options for breakout rooms and students can select what level of interaction best fits their needs.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about library hours and services, study spaces, and the virtual study together program, please contact

*Current library hours are a result of continued impacts to permanent and student staffing caused by the pandemic and the Libraries’ goal of providing as much continuity of services and library access as possible, even when employees are suddenly unable to work because they are ill, quarantining, or caring for sick family members.

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