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Early Closure Due to Inclement Weather: Library Closing at 3pm

Posted on: January 5, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

Library Closing at 3 p.m. January 5, 2022 Due to Inclement Weather

Western Libraries will be closing at 3 p.m. today, January 5, 2022, due to inclement weather conditions. The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Storm Warning” for Whatcom County, in effect from 4 p.m. today through 4 a.m. tomorrow.  The closure of Western Libraries at 3:00 p.m. is intended to give library personnel and patrons opportunities to travel home safely during daylight so that they can better navigate icy conditions.

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Western Libraries Winter Quarter 2022 Hours Update

Posted on: December 27, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Winter Quarter 2022 Hours Update

Western Libraries is currently closed and will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. While Western classes are held remotely (currently planned for January 3 -7), Western Libraries will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Jan. 8 - 9). The Wilson north entrance to the library will remain closed during this period, and the library will be accessible during open hours via the Haggard entrance.  

Library materials can be returned at any time via the external book drop located beneath the skybridge on the Wilson side.  

Online access to collections, databases, and other virtual resources is available 24/7. Programs and services provided by the Tutoring Center and Hacherl Research & Writing Studio are available online only from Jan. 4 -7.  Access to Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor), the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and University Archives and Records Management  (located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building), are available by appointment

Once Western returns to in-person classes, (currently scheduled for January 10, 2022), Western Libraries will reopen the Wilson north doors and move to winter quarter hours: 

  • 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.


Please note: At this time, the Libraries’ winter hours are as described above; however, these plans are subject to change pending the evolving public health guidance, new protocols and guidance, and/or staff availability. 

Any changes to library programs and services for winter quarter will be provided in future updates and will be shared via the Libraries’ website, Library News, social media, and Western Today.

In keeping with Western Washington University’s health and safety requirements, all individuals must be masked at all times when indoors. This includes when inside library facilities, other indoor public spaces on Western's campus, and WWU transportation. 

Questions? Please email

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Cinema East Film Series Event: Flowers of Shanghai, Nov. 30

Posted on: November 23, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Cinema East Film Series Event: Flowers of Shanghai, Nov. 30

'Flowers of Shanghai' film promotional posterThe next film in the Cinema East series is Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1998 feature Flowers of Shanghai, which screens on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street).

Flowers of Shanghai is based on a late 19th-century novel about brothels in late Qing dynasty Shanghai.  The story centers on several prostitutes and their wealthy customers as it weaves through the intricate and highly formalized social codes of the world portrayed. 

“The extraordinary cinematography by Mark Lee similarly weaves through the opulent interiors in expertly-staged long takes, lit only by oil lamps.  The effect is like nothing else in recent cinema,” said Jeff Purdue, series curator and librarian from Western Washington University Libraries.

Purdue noted that this was the first Hou film set outside of Taiwan, adding that it remains one of his most beautiful and hypnotic films, and that Cinema East will be presenting a restored print that shows off the film’s extraordinary beauty.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, each film in the Cinema East series, (formerly known as the Masters of Asian Cinema series), begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Flowers of Shanghai will be introduced by series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue. 

Please note that Pickford Film Center requires proof of vaccination to enter. Masks are still required, except while actively eating or drinking. Please see the Pickford's "Proof of Vaccination & Covid Policy" for more information. 

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Western Libraries Closing at 5 p.m. Due to Weather Impacts

Posted on: November 15, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Closing at 5 p.m. Monday, November 15 Due to Weather Impacts

Due to continued impacts from serious weather conditions and flooding in the local and surrounding areas, and given concerns for the safety of WWU students, staff, faculty, library personnel, student employees, and others who would be driving or walking in dark and flooded conditions to access the library, Western Libraries will be closing the library in the Wilson and Haggard buildings at 5:00 p.m. today.  The Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio will remain open online until 9:00 p.m. 

Please contact if you have any questions or need additional information.  

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Western Libraries Invites Requests for New Subscriptions

Posted on: November 3, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Invites Requests for New Subscriptions

Western Libraries is pleased to announce that we will not have to make any subscription cancellations this year. Instead, we will continue a more deliberate, strategic review of subscriptions to ensure that the university’s subscriptions portfolio remains dynamic and relevant. As part of this year’s subscription review process, we invite all students, faculty, and staff to submit requests for new subscriptions. Requests submitted before December 10, 2021 will be added to a list for consideration this year and compared against existing subscriptions for potential swapping. We encourage individuals to request titles even if you have already requested them in the past. While the Libraries has a long list of historic subscription requests, your input now can help us understand which subscriptions are currently most relevant. 

Except for the addition of this new step, the 2021-22 subscription review will follow the same general process and timeline as the 2019-20 and 2020-21 reviews. First, we will accept new subscription requests throughout the fall quarter. We’ll compare these requests against our existing subscriptions using a holistic scoring methodology, then share candidate additions and cancellations (if any) with the university community for broad feedback in winter quarter. In late winter and early spring, we’ll examine the feedback and explore the possibility of voluntary subscription swapping. Any swaps will be announced by the end of spring quarter. Net subscription spending will remain the same, but content may shift into closer alignment with current curricular needs.

Questions? Contact one of our Subject Teams. We always welcome the opportunity to discuss library subscriptions and the changing landscape of scholarly publishing.