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‘Perspectives’ Display in Zoe's!

Posted on: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 11:54am

Topic(s): Event - Library Sponsored

 The Fall 2011 ‘Perspectives’ Display is devoted to examining the multiple narratives around Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day.  Traditionally very Western-centric holidays, these events celebrate European culture in the United States.  However, contemporary critics have offered a new perspective on these events:  that Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day only offers one paradigm of European arrival in North America.

The Fall 2011 Display hopes to offer a thorough examination of the issues around these holidays.  Any questions?  Contact Rebecca Marrall at

Check out the Tutoring and Writing Centers!

Posted on: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 10:37am

Topic(s): Updates

As part of the new Learning Commons in the Library, the Tutoring Center moved in to Wilson 2 North, WL 280, at the beginning of Fall Quarter and the Writing Center relocated to the area behind the Media Circulation Desk right across from Zoe's Bookside Bagels in Wilson Library.

Both are now open and ready to assist all students with their tutoring and writing needs.  

The Tutoring Center is open:

* Monday - Thursday: 9am-9pm

* Friday: 9am-5pm

* Sunday: 5pm - 9pm

The Writing Center is open:

* Days: Monday - Thursday: 10-4; Friday 10-2

* Evenings: Sunday: 6-9; Monday - Thursday: 6-8

Stop by to check out their new locations and to get some excellent assistance with your school work!

Also, be sure to take a look at the links below to learn more about the Learning Commons, the Writing Center and the Tutoring Center.

10 Things to KNOW About Your Library

Posted on: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 10:13am

Topic(s): Event - Library Sponsored

1. Our website is

2. Your Western ID card is your library card.

3. We can save you time! Librarians with subject specialties and staff dedicated to assist with your research and writing projects. JUST ASK!

4. We help you do research for specific courses & assignments. Librarians have created guides with lists of “best” resources in specific subject areas & for specific assignments to get you started.
5. Remote Support!

Stuff all spread out, don’t want to pack up & come to the Reference Desk?
Need help finding something?  Use (Ask Us!)  - - Online CHAT Reference
          Text us @ (360) 797-5910
          Tweet us @Ask_WWU_Lib

6. 24/7 access any time  - anywhere!  Web-based catalog & e books, full text articles & online journals, citation guides & more, accessible from anywhere!

7. Access to materials from libraries regionally & worldwide - - delivered quickly via Summit and Inter Library Loan (ILLIAD)! Often we have electronic delivery of materials.

8. Technology!  24/hour computer lab, a Dual-boot  Mac/PC lab, scanners, color printing, & over 100 pc’s with the full Adobe & Microsoft Office Suite, & laptops available to check out!

9. Study spaces to meet any need!  Designated quiet spaces - 4 Central & 5 West,
individual study carrels to collaborative spaces with comfy chairs or big tables; group study rooms equipped with large screen LCD monitor and interactive whiteboards, video & media editing rooms, & more.

10. The Learning Commons - bringing help & resources together to save you time!  Reference & Instruction, Circulation & Reserves, the Student Technology Center, Writing Center,  Tutoring Center, Teaching Learning Academy  & the Faculty Writing Instruction Support are all located on the 2nd floor of the Library.

New-look CPNWS Website!

Posted on: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 2:37pm

Topic(s): Updates

We welcome you to explore and enjoy the new-look website for the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies!

Our site has been updated to make it easier to navigate, and to match the look and feel of other program websites from Western Libraries. Researchers can still access and search the online catalog and guides to the 300+ archival collections housed at CPNWS, as well as our photo and map databases. Check out the links in the right-hand menu of the CPNWS home pages to find out more about CPNWS and its collections.

New features of this site include a link to online digital collections offered through Western Libraries, information for educators, and links to additional resources for researching local and regional history. We also hope you’ll enjoy reading featured news items about CPNWS activities and collections.

Your questions, comments and suggestions will be most welcome as we continue to build this site – please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 360 650 7747. CPNWS is a program of Western Libraries located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building in Bellingham, Washington.


 Deception Pass Bridge Under Construction. Biery Photographs 1557, CPNWS.  

Deception Pass Bridge under construction, circa 1934-1935.

Galen Biery Photograph #1557, CPNWS.


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