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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 speccoll@wwu.edu  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 librarycommunications@wwu.edu.

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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 library.wwu.edu/wis or contact sleeh@wwu.edu or thibous2@wwu.edu.

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Spring 2022 Heritage Highlights Newsletter

Posted on: May 24, 2022

Topic(s): Newsletters

Oak tree with ladder climbed by Special Collections Librarian Michael Taylor in search of oak galls for History of the Book course.Heritage Resources is pleased to share the twentieth issue of Heritage Highlights, now in its tenth year of publication. In this issue, we reminisce and reflect on some major highlights of the past decade, particularly in the areas of teaching, learning, research, public programming, and the development of our collections. We also recognize and celebrate just a few of the many contributions and accomplishments of our exceptional staff.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this Spring 2022 issue, and we welcome your questions and feedback.

Image of an oak tree climbed by Special Collections Librarian Michael Taylor in search of oak galls to use as teaching examples in his History of the Book class (full story in newsletter).

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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 farmerk3@wwu.edu 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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Statement About Potentially Harmful Language and Content

Posted on: April 18, 2022

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Division of Heritage Resources has developed a “Statement About Potentially Harmful Language and Content” that formally acknowledges the inherent harm and bias in the material we collect and the methods we use to interpret these resources. The statement is a public recognition that culturally sensitive, offensive or triggering material can negatively impact the individuals and communities who create, use and are represented in the resources that we manage. The statement is intended to offer the means for respectful dialogue with those who may be harmed or impacted, and to engage in respectful practices that build trust and collaboration.

Heritage Resources staff are currently adding the statement to our research and teaching tools, and over the coming months we will be developing new and revised policies and procedures that address the ways in which we collect materials, and how we engage with interested communities at every phase of our workflow.

For questions or more information, please contact Heritage Resources Director Elizabeth Joffrion at Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3283.

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Western Libraries Goes (Mostly) Fine-Free

Posted on: October 18, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Goes (Mostly) Fine-Free

The Western Libraries is no longer charging overdue fines for most WWU library materials. All existing overdue fines have been waived, although patrons may still owe other fees, including charges for lost or damaged items. Western now joins the 100+ libraries across the country who have already made this change, including the Seattle Public Library, Bellingham Public Library, and the Whatcom County Library System.

Why get rid of overdue fines?

  • Overdue fines aren’t effective. Other library systems have stopped charging overdue fines and experienced little to no impact on return rates. On the other hand, anecdotal evidence suggests that library users who owe fines may feel uncomfortable returning to the library--and Western Libraries believes that no one should feel discouraged from using library collections and services because of accumulated fines. We believe that getting rid of overdue fines will increase the use of the library, particularly among those who can’t afford to pay fines.
  • Overdue fines aren’t a significant revenue. In the past ten years, revenue from overdue fines has declined steadily. At the same time, collecting overdue fines takes significant organizational investment. The Ontario Library Association published an infographic estimating that it costs libraries about $6 to collect $5 in fines. Similarly, the San Diego Public Library reported spending over $1M to collect just $675,000 in fines.
  • Overdue fines aren’t equitable. Fines disproportionately impact low-income library users. For example, in San Diego a city study revealed that “nearly half of the library's patrons whose accounts were blocked as a result of late fees lived in two of the city's poorest neighborhoods.” The same was true in Chicago, where “it wasn't that Chicagoans in poorer areas were necessarily racking up more fines... but rather, those patrons were unable to pay the overdue balances.” These disparities are so widespread that in 2019, the American Library Association passed a resolution designating library fines a form of social inequity. The Western Libraries wants everyone in our community to have equitable access to our programs, services, and collections. Eliminating overdue fines on the majority of WWU materials is one step toward creating a more equitable and just library.

What are the statistics?

  • Before accumulated fines were waived on September 22, 2021, approximately 5,942 patron accounts had accumulated charges. 1,546 accounts had accrued charges high enough to block the patron from borrowing new materials.
  • After fines were waived, about 763 blocked patrons became eligible to fully utilize the library again. The remainder have other charges (such as for lost or damaged items) that must be resolved before they regain full library use.
  • From FY 2009 through FY 2019, revenue from fines and fees dropped by roughly 50 percent. In FY 2019, they represented less than 0.4 percent of funds available to support total library operating expenditures of $7.3M.

What does this mean for you?

  • As of September 22, 2021, we have cleared any overdue fines you currently owe from your account. (You may still owe other fees, including lost item charges.)
  • You will no longer be charged a daily fine for most overdue items. A few categories of item will still accrue fines, including course reserves, recalled items, Summit books, and interlibrary loans (ILL). We will also continue to charge lost item fees of $90 for items more than 60 days overdue. These fees are forgiven once the item in question has been returned or replaced. For a full listing of library loan periods, overdue fines, and other fees, review our Western Libraries Loans, Fines, & Fees Schedule.
  • You are still responsible for returning your items on time. We do want all items back, and other people may be waiting for them. If you haven’t returned an item within 60 days of the due date, it will be registered as “lost” and you will be billed a $90 lost item fee. Borrowing privileges will be suspended until you return the item, replace it with a new copy, or pay the lost item fee.
  • To help you remember to return items on time, we send reminders by email a few days before the due date, and again the day each item is due.
  • Many WWU, Summit, and ILL loans are eligible for renewal if no one else is waiting. Renew materials online, email the Circulation Desk, or call (360) 650-3084 during open hours for assistance. Please return items that you can’t renew and place a new hold to check them out again.

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New Exhibit - "Silence Speaks: The Quiet Power of Wordless Novels"

Posted on: September 30, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Exhibits

New Exhibit - "Silence Speaks: The Quiet Power of Wordless Novels"

Black-and-white illustration of a skeleton or spirit sauntering happily through space, From Frans Masereel’s My Book of Hours, published in 1919

Western Libraries Heritage Resources is hosting a new exhibition which explores storytelling through pictorial narratives. “Silence Speaks: The Quiet Power of Wordless Novels,” will be on display in the library and online from September 22, 2021, through June 10, 2022.  

The exhibit is free and open to the public and is available for viewing in person at Western Washington University Libraries Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor) during the hours that space is open, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays). The online version of the exhibit can be accessed at any time via this link. All campus visitors must continue to wear a mask when inside Western Libraries or any campus building on Western’s campus, and also when outside in crowded outdoor areas.   

“Silence Speaks: The Quiet Power of Wordless Novels,” explores the complex relationship between power, knowledge, and silence, and reflects on how wordless books inform our understanding of communication more broadly. Featuring materials from the Rare Book Collection in Western Libraries Special Collections, the exhibition introduces some of the major themes wordless novels express, while also highlighting their connections to early cinema. Wordless novels, a genre of visual storytelling that paved the way for today’s graphic novels, developed during the years of artistic, social, and political turmoil between the First and Second World War. For in-person exhibit attendees, there will also be a selection of underground comix on display in the adjoining Special Collections research room where viewers can trace wordless novels’ influences in the 1960s and beyond. 

For more information about this exhibit, or if you would like to inquire about the possibility of scheduling a class visit to view the exhibit, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Taylor, taylo213@wwu.edu, (360) 650-3097. 

[Image Information: Black-and-white illustration of a skeleton or spirit sauntering happily through space, illustration from Frans Masereel’s My Book of Hours, published in 1919]

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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

HathiTrust logo

Thanks to a generous gift 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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