The library will be on intersession hours next week and will be opening late on Thursday. Here are the details:
- Sat. 3/21-Sun. 3/22: closed
- Mon. 3/23-Wed. 3/25: open 8am-5pm
- Thurs. 3/26: open 10am-5pm
- Fri. 3/27: open 8am-5pm
- Sat. 3/28-Sun. 3/29: closed
Starting on Mon. 3/30 we go back to our normal term hours. If you ever have any questions about when the library is open, just take a look at our calendar.
We hope everyone has a fun and restful Spring Break!
Just in case you need another reason to be excited that Spring Break is coming up… We just put out some fun “Spring Break Reads” on the 1st floor. Whether your idea of fun is a light beach read, a suspenseful mystery, a sci-fi thriller, or a collection of humorous essays.
No matter what genre, you can be sure they’re perfect for whiling away those lazy break days. Take a study break and check them out!
Looking for some study music? The library has hundreds of CDs available for checkout from all sorts of different genres.
From Bon Iver to Kanye West, Bela Fleck to Etta James, Taylor Swift, and The Beatles: whatever your taste we’ve got something for you.
Search Primo (above) for the name of your favorite band or artist to get started.
When you run across an article in your research that is available through “Get It Now” or “OnDemand,” don’t let that stop you from getting the article you need.
These terms mean that Hamersly doesn’t have access to the journal that published the article you are looking for, but we can still get the article for you. In order to get access, you will go through a short process – since the library pays (on average around $30) each time an article is viewed through the Articles OnDemand provider’s website, we want to make sure you actually want the article. We budget for Articles OnDemand use though, so we want you to use it when you need it! We simply ask that you:
- Read the abstract of each article to determine how likely it is to suit your needs before viewing the full text and incurring charges.
- Be sure to save the article somewhere you will be able to get back to it (e.g. your H:/ drive, My Documents folder on your personal computer, a USB drive) so that the library only pays for it once.
There are two systems through which WOU students, faculty, and staff can obtain books from other libraries that we don’t have in Hamersly: Summit and Interlibrary Loan. What does this mean for you? It’s a matter of time: Summit items get to you in 3-5 days, while Interlibrary Loan items take longer, sometimes up to two weeks.
Summit is the shared catalog and borrowing system of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. This special partnership makes it faster for us to borrow items from Summit libraries and for this reason, it is used to request most books, videos, and CDs that WOU does not own. Interlibrary Loan, consisting of all libraries except the Summit libraries, is used to request articles from journals and any books, videos, and CDs not available in Summit libraries.
The moral of the story? If WOU doesn’t have what you need, request through Summit when possible. If requesting through Interlibrary Loan is your only option, just be aware that it will likely take longer than you’re used to with Summit. No matter what system, however, the library can almost always get you what you need!
You may remember that last summer, Hamersly Library migrated to a new system, Primo. Our library was part of the third cohort of the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s shared library system project. Now that the final cohort has migrated, we are now ready roll out an enhancement to the Summit requesting process.
Currently the Primo link “Request item (about 5 days)” moves you to another system, summit.worldcat.org, to handle the request. Even when you’ve signed in on Primo, you have to authenticate again on the requesting server.
Starting next Tuesday, Jan. 20, Primo will handle requesting as well as discovery. Fewer authentication prompts for you, and Primo’s My Account area will display the status of your requests alongside your loans, saved queries, and e-Shelf collections.
What do you need to do?
Probably nothing except to enjoy the better process. Hooray! Just a few things to consider:
More about Streamlined Summit Requesting
Do you have links in Moodle, browser bookmarks, citation management software, etc. to records on the summit.worldcat.org server? (or to our old catalog server, library.wou.edu?). They will need to be changed to link to the Primo server. (See Get the URL for a Primo record.)
Likewise, if you have linksto the general search page summit.worldcat.org, change to the new search URL:
While the Summit group within WorldCat is going away, WorldCat in the larger sense remains a valid resource to discover and request items that are beyond the holdings of the Summit libraries, through Interlibrary Loan. Please continue to find the link to WorldCat in the bottom right corner of the Primo Search box on the library’s main page.
You can learn more about the system, see video tutorials and screenshots, and share comments and questions at our Primo Guide.
How much does printing cost? A single page (one side) of a black & white printout costs 1 print credit. A single color page (one side) printout costs 5 print credits. Students receive 225 print credits per term.
How do I know how many print credits I have? Log in to the WOU Portal and your balance will be displayed on your homepage. You can also check your print credit balance here.
How do I buy more print credits? Purchase additional credits through WolfWeb under the Student Menu. They start at 50 credits for $2.50 and go up from there. When you buy additional credits, they are immediately available for use.
What if I don’t use all of my print credits? Whatever credits you don’t use roll over to the next term – so if you have 83 remaining after Winter term, you will start Spring term with 308 credits. However, accounts are wiped clean before each Fall term begins, and everyone starts again with 225 print credits.
Interested in what the WOU community was reading for fun last year? Looking for a good book to dive into before classes get busy? Check out our new display showcasing the most popular books of the past year from Hamersly’s Recreation Collection: from thrillers like Gone Girl to series sensations like The Hunger Games to nonfiction explorations of mental health and military history.
The display is located on the first floor of the library between rooms 108 and 107, and the rest of the Recreation Collection is on the other end of the first floor.
Check out our Textbooks Guide for options to buy, rent, and borrow textbooks for your classes this term.
You’ll also find info about where to sell your textbooks back once you’re done with them. Happy first week of classes!
We often get asked if a family member, friend, or graduate assistant can pick up materials on behalf of a borrower. Our system now makes it easier for us to manage these requests by documenting a borrower’s proxy. As a Hamersly Library patron, you may grant permission for another person (or persons) to check out materials from the library on your account.
Proxies can pick up materials that arrive for you through Summit and Interlibrary Loan, and Hamersly-owned items that are on hold for you.
You can designate a proxy for just a few days, to accommodate an illness perhaps, or longer term, for continued access–it’s up to you.