Western Libraries Display Case Exhibits

Library Case 1 - see map
Display By: Rob Lopresti
URL for more information: Government Information in WWU Library
Library Case 2 - see map

Quilters quilting quilts.  The world is full of quilts and the people who make them.  Japan, Korea, South Pacific, Hawaii, France, and Gee's Bend, Alabama.  Check them out!

Quilts on display are on loan from the Quilt Collection of Jenny Oleen.

Display By: Pattie Moon
Library Case 3 - see map

An exhibit featuring equipment available for checkout downstairs from Classroom Serices in Haggard Hall 114! Displayed are many of the items frequently checked out including, Go Pro's, Zoom Audio Recorders, and so much more. We are open 7:45am - 4:45pm daily, come chat with us!  

Display By: Alexzandra Thal
URL for more information: Classroom Services
Library Case 4 - see map

WWU's beautiful blooming rose garden is the inspiration for this case. Located to the northeast of Wilson Library between the Humanities building and Old Main, the rose garden is home to 46 varieties of roses. Jim Amends and Joe Mackie are credited for designing and planting the garden in 1978 following the remodel of Old Main. Today, Heidi Zeretzke is the lead gardener responsible for the rose garden and Oskar Kollen takes care of its day-to-day maintenance.

The display contains books sourced from Western Libraries’ circulating collection; clippings from The Western Front Historical Collection and WWU’s institutional repository CEDAR; and photos from University Archives. The pop-up book was sourced from the Helene Whitson Collection

  1. Display case and board - Stop and Smell the Roses
  2. Display case - Stop and Smell the Roses
Display By: Emily Spracklin
Library Case 5 - see map

A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity's oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. 
WWU’s planetarium allows visitors to learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today's giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.  This display holds Western’s first telescope made in 1908 and features a “wind up” clock drive!

Currently playing: Dynamic Earth

Display By: Stephanie Morgan
Library Case 6 - see map

Celebrate the birthday of the Wizarding World!   On June 26th, 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in the UK. Twenty years ago!  Since then Harry has traveled the world through the magic of books and films. 

July is also Harry’s birthday month!  On the 31st of this month, Harry Potter will be 37 years old.  The series was based in the 1990’s, with Harry receiving his acceptance letter to Hogwarts in 1991.

Display By: Stephanie Morgan and Meghan Williams
Library Case 7 - see map

Welcome to the Academic Advising Center.  We are located in Old Main 380.  We encourage students to meet with an academic advisor at least once a year to ensure good progress towards academic goals and to stay current on policies and opportunities.  Come visit us!

Display By: Karen Schreuder, Meagan Bryson, & Tina Loudon
URL for more information: Academic Advising Center
Library Case 8 - see map

Looking for primary sources to support your research? Western Libraries Heritage Resources has rare books, archival records, and other unique materials that support teaching and learning at Western and beyond. A range of diverse voices and topics can be explored through these collections, including oral history interviews with members of local and regional Native American, African-American, and Filipino-American communities; personal papers and publications from local LGBTQA+ groups; and campus history resources documenting the impact of student activism at Western.

  1. Western Libraries Heritage Resources
  2. Western Libraries Heritage Resources
  3. Western Libraries Heritage Resources
  4. Western Libraries Heritage Resources
Display By: Rozlind Koester
URL for more information: Heritage Resources
Mathes Figurine Exhibit - see map

"Space: the final frontier.  These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.  Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."  That is the opening monologue of the original Star Trek television series which aired from September 1966 to 1969.  "Student", the Lladro porcelain figurine from the Mathes Reading Figurine Collection, has the look of a young man daydreaming about outer space, letting his imagination take him to these very distant places where no man has gone before.

Display By: Pattie Moon