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Intersession Hours & Entrance Information

Posted on: December 10, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

Intersession Hours & Library Entrance Information 

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed weekends and holidays (December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019). 

Please note that the Wilson Library north entrance to the library will be closed from December 17, 2018 through January 2, 2019 but the library will be accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.

Special area hours are listed below:

  • The Map Collection will be closed December 21, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
  • Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) will be closed on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. 
  • The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and University Archives will be closed to research (except by advance appointment) Monday, December 24, 2018 - Friday, January 4, 2019.


Western Libraries will re-open the Wilson north doors on Wednesday, January 3, 2019. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

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'Canines & Cats on Campus' Return!

Posted on: November 30, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Canines & Cats on Campus Program Visits WWU

students visiting with a dog from the 'Canines & Cats on Campus' programWestern Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday, December 3rd through the morning of Thursday, December 13th. 

Teams of humans and animals will be located in the gallery space at the end of the Mann Family Skybridge on the Wilson side of the library off and on between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. during both the week preceding and the week of final exams. 

During this two-week period, this space will be reserved exclusively for the registered Canines & Cats on Campus therapy animal program, and animals who are not official volunteers with this program are not permitted in this area. 

Additionally, Western Libraries would like to remind everyone that while ADA service animals are welcome in the library, pets may not be brought into library facilities at any time.

For more information about the upcoming Canines & Cats on Campus visit, a schedule which includes the names of the volunteers, photos of the animals, and the times when they will be available for visiting, will be posted on an easel in the designated gallery area beginning Monday, December 3rd.

Remember to stop by the library to say hi or de-stress when you are in need of a break from studying for finals, working on projects, or writing those last few papers!  

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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'The Music Room'

Posted on: November 29, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: “The Music Room,” Dec. 3

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is The Music Room, which screens at 6:30pm on Monday, December 3,  2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street.)

The Music Room was the fourth feature by Satyajit Ray, made just before the last film in The Apu Trilogy.  It stars the great actor Chhabi Biswas as a zamindar whose wealth once funded his reigning passion as a music lover.  Now that his wealth has faded, he resolves to scrape together funds so that he can once again host performances in his grand music room for other connoisseurs such as himself.  This effort reveals both current conflicts with a newly wealthy neighbor, and the deeper costs of his hobbies, revealed in flashbacks to the past.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. The Music Room will be introduced by David Curley, Professor Emeritus in the Liberal Studies department at Western, where he taught South Asian cultural history.  He learned Bengali at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago, where he obtained a PhD in South Asian History. His research is on early modern social history and literature in Bengal.

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TLA Hosts Off-Campus Dialogue Session Nov. 27

Posted on: November 19, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Teaching-Learning Academy Hosts Off-Campus Dialogue Session Nov. 27

Group of people at a table talkingWhat is our role in creating just and equitable housing? Participants from the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) at Western Libraries invite you to explore this question during the upcoming off-campus dialogue group co-hosted by the Opportunity Council and held in the Community Food Co-Op Connections Building (405 E. Holly St. Suite 103), on Tuesday, Nov. 27th from 4 to 5 p.m.

This academic year, the TLA is partnering with the WWU Center for Community Learning, the Opportunity Council, and the Whatcom Volunteer Center to host one off-campus dialogue session each quarter. The beginning of each session will feature a particular local non-profit organization, followed by small break-out groups facilitated by TLA students.  The goal of these dialogues is to connect with people on topics that affect the Western community, as well as the local Bellingham community. Lack of housing and increase in costs affect students, staff, and community members in many ways.

“Over the years, many people have requested that the TLA host off-campus sessions to better engage students, faculty, staff, and community members,” explained Shevell Thibou, Head of the TLA. “Taking the dialogues off-campus also demonstrates that Western and the local community are not two separate circles, but rather one collective dedicated to creating an inclusive and equitable community.”

For more information about the TLA, please contact (360) 650-7368.

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"The Day After," Nov. 13

Posted on: November 1, 2018

Topic(s): Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: “The Day After,” Nov. 13

photo of a woman's face, from the film "The Day After"The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is The Day After, which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13,  2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street.)

The Day After is one of three films the prolific Hong Sang-soo released in 2017.  Like many Hong films, this movie focuses on characters in creative professions, in this case a famous author and publisher who hires a new employee, played by Kim Min-hee (who starred in The Handmaiden). Over the course of the film, more is learned about the publisher’s former employee, his wife, and Kim’s character. In typical Hong style, there are subtle games within this narrative that keep the audience guessing throughout the film.  The result is a lighthearted film with serious undertones.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series. Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Series curator and librarian from Western Washington University, Jeff Purdue, will introduce The Day After.