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Library Hours & Access for Intersession and Summer 2022

Posted on: June 6, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

Library Hours and Building Access: Intersession, Holiday, & Summer Quarter Hours 

Haggard Hall building library entrance with partial view of the skybridge and blues sky with white clouds above and behind the building.

Intersession Hours

The Haggard and Wilson buildings of Western Libraries will be open during the intersession (June 11 - 20, 2022) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed weekends and holidays. 

The Wilson north entrance to the library will be closed from June 11 through June 20, but the library will be accessible during open hours via the Haggard entrance. Western Libraries will re-open the Wilson north doors and begin summer quarter hours on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. 

Summer Quarter Hours

Western Libraries building hours for summer 2022 (June 21 - August 19, 2022) are:

  • Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed weekends
  • Closed holidays: 
    • Monday, June 20, 2022 (in observance of the Juneteenth)
    • Monday, July 4, 2022 (in observance of Independence Day).

Programs and Service Hours

Services provided by the Tutoring Center will be available both in person and online beginning June 21, with drop-in hours Monday through Thursday from noon to 4:00 p.m., closed Fridays, weekends, and holidays. 

Services provided by the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio will be available online only during the intersession Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beginning June 21, they will be available both in person and online, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed weekends and holidays.

Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor) will be closed during the intersession, open summer session Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., by appointment on Fridays, closed weekends and holidays (June 20 and July 4). Visitors to the Special Collections research room are encouraged to schedule appointments in advance. [Please note: The elevator to the sixth floor of Wilson is currently out of service. Please call Special Collections at (360) 650-3193 or email  if you are in need of access to their services so that they can work with you on alternative arrangements and accommodations.] 

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) will be closed except by advance appointment during the intersession, closed weekends and holidays (June 20 and July 4). The CPNWS will be open by appointment beginning June 21, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

University Archives & Records Management (both located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building) are both available by appointment only.

If you have any questions or need more information about library access, or service and building hours, please contact

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Writing Instruction Support Summer Retreat Opportunity

Posted on: June 6, 2022

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Writing Instruction Support Summer Retreat Opportunity

If you are teaching a writing proficiency course at Western or are a WWU faculty member or instructor interested in professional development focused on writing instruction, Western Libraries invites you to attend the Writing Instruction Support retreat this summer. Options for participating in the retreat will be offered both in-person and online!

Topics will include: 

  • Fostering student agency and inquiry 
  • Creating empowering and purposeful writing assignments
  • Developing equitable methods of writing assessment

Dates, Times, and Locations:

  • Online version: August 24-26, 2022 /In-person version (located in Western Libraries): August 30-September 1, 2022
    • Day one: 9:00 a.m. to noon / 1:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m.
    • Day two: 9:00am to 12:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 pm
    • Day three: 9:00am to 1:00pm

What to expect:

  • Experienced facilitators will lead sessions on topics such as Designing Student-Centered Assignments, Seeking Out Diverse Sources for Discourse Justice, Language Diversity: Supporting Multilingual Learners, and more. 
  • There will be built-in work time to draft, revise, and collaborate on assignment design.
  • Attendees will also have opportunities to connect with other Western faculty, as well as Western Libraries faculty and staff.
  • In-person attendees will be provided with continental breakfast, snacks, coffee, and lunch. 


There is no registration cost or fee for participants of the WIS retreat, but there are limited openings. To apply for a seat, please fill out this form. You should receive a response within two weeks. For more details, visit or contact or

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New People Counter System

Posted on: May 17, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

New People Counter System at Western Libraries

Graphic of three blue shapes meant to represent three peopleWestern Libraries is installing a new people counting system that will be operational beginning in June 2022. The new technology will replace existing gate count technology that is no longer supported and requires manual data collection by library staff. The new counters will improve the accuracy of foot traffic data and will be used by the library to make data informed decisions for improving programs and services. 

The people counter sensors will be in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. White plastic sensors mounted on the ceiling above main library access points in Haggard and Wilson will detect the motion of people entering the sensor field of view. A count number will then be recorded. The devices are not security cameras and no video feed is recorded or stored, and the sensors do not collect or track personally identifiable or recognizable information.

If you have questions about this system or need additional information, please contact Western Libraries Facilities Manager Kate Farmer at or (360) 650-4994.

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Elevator Outage & Accessing Wilson 6th Floor

Posted on: May 17, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

Elevator Outage & Accessing Wilson 6th Floor

Map of Wilson second floor indicating location of south and west elevators

The Wilson south elevator that provides access to Special Collections and the 6th floor of Wilson is out of service due to mechanical issues. This elevator was in need of major repairs and is now scheduled for complete replacement beginning in mid-June. It is expected to be operational again by the end of July. 

Wilson floors 2 through 6 are accessible via the south stairwell, adjacent to the south elevator. For elevator access to Wilson floors 1 through 5, please use the west elevator on the opposite side of the floor.

Elevator access is not available to the 6th floor. Please call Special Collections at (360) 650-3193 if you are in need of access to their services so that they can work with you on alternative arrangements and accommodations. If you have additional questions or need more information, please call Library Administration at (360) 650-3050.

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Spring 2022 Subscriptions Update

Posted on: May 16, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries has finalized the outcomes of the 2021-22 subscription review process. These changes, which will take effect on January 1, 2023, are part of an ongoing effort to ensure that the university’s subscriptions portfolio remains dynamic and relevant. 

During this past winter quarter, the Libraries shared a list of 59 existing subscriptions under review and 18 new subscriptions requested by members of the university community. Based on the feedback we received, we will be canceling a small number of existing subscriptions in order to add a comparable number of new subscriptions to our collection. Most of the canceled subscriptions will still be accessible through library databases like Academic Search Complete, CINAHL Complete, and JSTOR. Individual articles not available on other platforms can be acquired through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 

More information about the specific titles is available on the subscription review webpage. If you have any questions about the titles, library subscriptions, or the subscription review process, please reach out to the Libraries’ Subject Teams or contact the Libraries’ Collection Services division. Western students, faculty, and staff can also continue to submit new subscription requests for next year’s review via our New Subscription Request Form.

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