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Intersession On-Site Pickup Hours & Course Reserve Drop-Off

Posted on: August 20, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Intersession On-Site Pickup Hours & Course Reserves Drop-Off 

There will be no on-site curbside pickup services on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 due to the WWU required electrical shutdown.

On-site pickup services will resume on Friday, August 27, 2021, and will continue to be on Tuesdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and noon through Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Instructors who wish to drop off personal items for their fall course reserves may bring their items to the library during on-site pickup services. Multiple items should be bundled together using string, rubber bands, bags, or some other method for ensuring items stay grouped together. Please include your name, the course prefix and number, what quarter the reserves are intended for, and when you would like the items removed from your reserve list. Upon arrival, please call (360) 650-3084 and let library staff know that you are dropping off personal items for course reserves. Items can then be left on the table beneath the skybridge outside the Haggard Hall library entrance.

Questions? Please email

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Western Libraries Implements HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

Posted on: May 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western Libraries Implements HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

Thanks to a generous donation from the Hacherl family, Western Libraries is pleased to announce that it is now a HathiTrust member. Included with its HathiTrust membership, Western joins more than 200 other libraries that have implemented the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). Temporary online access is available only during an emergency, such as a pandemic, when a library is suddenly forced to close to patrons. ETAS provides Western students, faculty, and staff with online reading access to approximately 230,000 copyright-restricted titles from the library’s collection that otherwise would be available only through on-site pickup services or mail delivery. Western Libraries made the decision to implement ETAS in light of reduced access to physical collections during the pandemic, which has resulted in a severe decline in collections use and the resulting negative impacts on Western students, faculty, and staff.

By providing temporary online access to approximately one-third of Western Libraries’ physical collections, HathiTrust is helping us continue to support teaching and research while the library buildings are closed to patrons. In compliance with current copyright law, access to Western’s physical copy of a title offered online as part of ETAS will be suspended; however, patrons may request a physical copy of the item via Summit or Interlibrary Loan services. Once the library buildings are safely reopened to the public, we will restore full access to the Libraries' physical collections, and the online access to copyright-restricted titles provided by HathiTrust ETAS will end.

More About HathiTrust Membership

Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational analysis of the entire collection for scholarly research, an accessible text request service for users who are blind or print disabled, and other emerging services. HathiTrust members steward the collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries — under the aims of scholarly, not corporate, interests.

While anyone with an internet connection can access most HathiTrust content in the public domain (currently just under 7,000,000 volumes published prior to 1926) as HathiTrust members, Western Washington University researchers can also download these materials. Additionally, WWU students, faculty, and staff have access to additional public domain titles not otherwise accessible to the general public. Users can keyword search the entire HathiTrust Digital Library, both public domain and in-copyright titles, to facilitate information discovery. Metadata are far richer and more consistently applied than in Google Books. HathiTrust can therefore be used to facilitate textual analyses and other digital humanities projects (for more information about computational analysis, see the HathiTrust Research Center). As members, the Western community can also use the My Collections tool, which makes it possible for users to aggregate works into permanent collections either for private use or to share publicly with others.

For more information about Western Libraries membership in HathiTrust, please see  Western Libraries HathiTrust guide, or contact Jeff Purdue at

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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