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Donation to Western Libraries Expands WWU's Access to Digital Content via HathiTrust

Posted on: April 19, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Donation to Western Libraries Enables HathiTrust Membership

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Thanks to a generous donation from the Hacherl Family, Western Libraries is now a member library of HathiTrust, which means Western Washington University's access to digital content is now expanded. HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative that offers online access to the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries for scholarly, not corporate, interests.

Most HathiTrust content in the public domain can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection, but with the Western Libraries’ membership in HathiTrust, there are also some additional benefits. WWU students, faculty, and staff now have full viewing and downloading abilities for HathiTrust materials that are in the public domain, in addition to a small number of public domain titles not otherwise accessible to the general public. Access to other materials for which HathiTrust has received permission is now also available.

There are several ways to search and use the resources in HathiTrust. Full-text content in HathiTrust can be found through Western Libraries OneSearch. You can also search HathiTrust's catalog by Title, Author, and Publication Date, or, you can use keywords to search the full-text of all works in HathiTrust. Metadata are far richer and more consistently applied than in Google Books, an important distinction and consideration for academic researchers. HathiTrust can therefore be used to facilitate textual analyses and other digital humanities projects.

For more information about Western Libraries membership in HathiTrust, please see Western Libraries HathiTrust guide, or contact Jeff Purdue at purduej@wwu.edu


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Update - Library Access & Services for Spring 2021

Posted on: March 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Update - Library Access & Services for Spring 2021

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Western Libraries continues to follow 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. 

While the library buildings remain closed to the public during spring quarter, Western Libraries offers WWU students its full suite of services online. The only thing the library is unable to offer at this time is access to the library buildings themselves, but we have partnered with the Viking Union by providing library study carrels and other furniture for use in the Multi-Purpose Room study area. During the regular quarter, that space is open for student use Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Students can also use the computer labs located in Haggard Hall HH 101 and HH 112, Mon.-Fri. from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and printing is available in those labs as well. Additionally, Haggard 153 is open during the lab hours for study space and Wi-Fi access.

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 LibraryCommunications@wwu.edu


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Winter Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

Posted on: January 6, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Winter Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

hands typing on the keyboard of a laptop computer The Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio are open online and available to assist all WWU students with their tutoring, research, and writing needs.

The Tutoring Center offers all of its tutoring support services online, including support to students for their 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 a student up with a tutor, connect students with additional online resources, or make referrals to other services. Peer advisors  can also assist with answering study skills questions. Students who want more in-depth study skills support will have the option of joining a Zoom room where they can utilize video, audio, white board, or screenshare options.

Additionally, students can access a PDF drop-in card, which provides a full list of tutoring-supported courses, on the Tutoring Center drop-in page.  Online study groups for specific courses are available by request, and more information about how to request a study group can be found on the study group section of the Tutoring Center’s website, and will also be emailed directly to students enrolled in those particular courses.

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 open hours, and you can also text the Studio with a question to 360-797-5910. Students can also browse and use the many online  guides and resources that cover all steps of the research & writing process.

Winter 2021 hours for both the Tutoring Center and the Studio are:

  • Monday - Thursdays: 10am to 9pm 
  • Fridays: 10am to 5pm
  • Sundays: 5pm to 9pm

We hope you will come chat or Zoom with us!


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Due Date Reminders & Returning Library Materials

Posted on: January 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Due Date Reminders & Returning Library Materials

You may have already received emails reminding you about upcoming due dates for library materials due as early as January 8, 2021. Returning materials you have borrowed will allow others to access these items, and is especially important if an item has been requested by another patron or belongs to another library. 

To see a list of your current loans and their due dates, log in to your Western Libraries account If you are unable to return materials by their due date, please contact the Circulation Desk at library.circulation@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3084 to talk about other possible options. We are offering an extended grace period before items are charged to “Lost” status to accommodate extenuating circumstances, so let us know if you need to make arrangements. 

Please note that due to quarantining procedures, it may take several days for materials returned to the library to be checked in and cleared from your account. You may return materials at any time to the book drop under the Libraries’ skybridge. You may also mail materials back to the library at the address below:

Western Libraries / Western Washington University / 516 High St. / Bellingham, WA 98225-9103

Please contact Classroom Services at 360-650-3300 or classroomservices.forms@wwu.edu with questions about due dates for materials checked out from their Haggard 114 loan desk or the Student Technology Center.


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On-site Pickup & Mail Delivery Now Includes Interlibrary Loan Materials

Posted on: November 17, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

open book in foreground with blurred backgroundInterlibrary loan for physical items is now once again available from Western Libraries. This means that in addition to requesting materials from Western Libraries or from Summit libraries for on-site pickup or mail delivery, all WWU students, staff, and faculty can now use ILLiad to place requests for physical items, such as books and other media, via interlibrary loan. The time it takes to fulfill these requests may vary, but we will work to get your requested items to you as quickly as possible. 

For more information about interlibrary loan, please see: Interlibrary Loan at Western Libraries, or contact: ILLiad@wwu.edu. For more information about requesting library materials for on-site pickup or mail delivery, please see: Requesting Library Materials for On-Site Pickup or Mail.


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