In addition to our shared catalog OneSearch, through which you can find and request scholarly and research materials from 38 academic institutions in the Pacific Northwest, Western Libraries is proud to practice responsible stewardship for, and to provide access to, materials found in several institutional collections. These collections may be organized around a unifying factor (such as format, subject, regional interest, and much more), and can be integral part of the research experience at Western Washington University.
Archives and Special Collections: Western Libraries’ unique and archival holdings, including rare books and historical manuscripts, photographs and audio-visual materials documenting the culture of Western, the local community, and the Pacific Northwest region.
Audio Collection: Western Libraries has a small but growing audio collection.
Campus Collections: In addition to all the resources available from the Western Libraries, the OneSearch catalog contains resources available through selected non-library offices and centers at WWU, including the Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity (CEED); the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment (CIIA); and the Multicultural Center.
CEDAR: CEDAR serves as a platform to disseminate and promote the research, scholarship, and creative works of Western faculty, students, staff, departments, centers, units, institutes, and programs.
Children’s Literature: Distinct from a public library or school library, the Children’s Literature Collection at Western Libraries contains a wide range of publications that reflect the breadth, depth, controversy, continuing evolution, and complexity of literature written for children and young adults.
Digital Collections: Western Libraries provides digital access to several unique and rare collections.
Fly Fishing Collections: The Fly Fishing Collection includes over 2800 books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, oral histories and artifacts representing a diverse range of materials supporting study of the sport of fly fishing.
Government Information: Western is a depository library for U.S. government and Washington State publications.
MABEL:This central repository allows for the discovery, sharing, and preservation of Western's digital assets, which includes images, video and sound recordings, and textual documents.
Map Collection: The Map Collection is home to more than 70,000 maps and other cartographic resources.
Microform Collection: Learn more about selected microform collections at Western Libraries.
Mongolian Studies: Learn more about Western Libraries’ Mongolia and Inner Asia Collection.
Northwest Collection: Western Libraries’ Northwest Collection is a rich and extensive resource for information on the Pacific Northwest, a region defined as Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska. The collection features works by authors, scholars, and others whose efforts have contributed significantly to the interpretation and understanding of the Northwest.
PoetryCHaT: A collection of resources, ideas and curricula designed to help educators share their love of poetry with children and teens.
Student Assistant Recommended Reading (StARR) Collection: The Student Assistant Recommended Reading (StARR) Collection is the product of a unique program through which graduating senior student employees at Western Libraries select a favorite book or media item to celebrate their graduation and to honor the student’s service in the Libraries. Bookplates are inserted in the book, and a note with the student’s name appear in the library catalog record for perpetuity.
Video and Streaming Video: The Libraries’ video collection consists of thousands of titles which support the curriculum and instructors of the university. Videos range from a large selection of feature films in both VHS and DVD formats to documentary and instructional films. More information about using media, and media formats available at Western, can be found here.