Changes coming to the library!

Hamersly LibraryWOU’s Dean of Library Services, Dr. Allen McKiel, emailed out the following announcement to campus on Monday about changes coming to Hamersly Library:

“There are exciting changes afoot at Hamersly Library. I am delighted to announce that over winter break, we will begin physical modifications to enhance the learning commons environment to better meet the needs of a twenty-first century campus. The addition of a first floor café will be the first tangible sign of these changes…” Read the Dean’s full announcement here.

Hamersly library is having a book sale!


When: November 23-25, 2015, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday is reserved shopping for Western Oregon University staff, faculty and students only. Bring your WOU ID!

Where: Hamersly Library, Room 107

Details: On sale are used books, recordings, etc. Some books are superseded volumes or cast-offs from the library, but most are donated by friends and colleagues. Of special interest are the K-12 textbooks and materials that have been superseded in the library’s curriculum collection. Profits from the book sale are used to support the library collections. Cash and check payments are accepted.


Prices drop every day:
– Monday (WOU only) — $1 Hardback books $.50 Paperback books
– Tuesday (open to public) — $1 Hardback books $.50 Paperback books, 1/2 off with WOU ID
– Wednesday (open to public) — Fill a bag for $5 or name your price

Please respect the following guidelines:

  • Books cannot be held for a patron in anticipation of a later purchase.
  • You may not remove books or other items from the sale shelves and put them aside to sort through them later. If you form a pile of books, fill a box with books, cover books with a blanket or in some other way stake claim to books in a way that discourages other shoppers from looking through them, we will consider the books yours and expect you to pay for them.
  • You may not remove books or other items from the sale area until they have been purchased.
  • You may not block the aisles with stacks of books, with boxes, with blankets or with other objects.
  • Payment can be made by cash or personal check. For personal checks, you must show a current photo ID.
  •  Bring a friend (or two) if you plan on stocking up. Because of limited staffing, we cannot help you to load books or other items into your vehicle, nor can we loan carts.

We encourage you to BYOBB (Bring your own bags & boxes).

New exhibit on the 3rd floor

Never Again poster sampleThe final exhibit of the term is up on the 3rd floor of the library and continues with the term-long theme of ‘NEVER AGAIN’:

Holocaust Posters, 1933-1945
An Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith Poster Exhibit

This evocative poster series begins in pre-Holocaust Europe, when Jewish communities were centers of cultural and social ferment. The ensuing horror is unforgettably invoked in these posters, which portray a word gone mad and another world isolated and destroyed.

Exhibit Dates: November 7 – December 11

Txt us ur ?s

Text your questions to the libraryDid you know that we can answer your questions via text? Whether you need help reserving a study room, want to know the library’s hours, or want some guidance on a research assignment, you can do it all on your phone.
Text us at 503-383-WOU1 (9681).

If you tried to use the text service recently and had trouble, we were having some technical difficulties. But fear not, they have all been resolved and we’re ready to answer your texts again.

Tlk 2 u l8er! 😉

Ask for a librarian when you need research help

Your WOU librarians are here to help you learn how to do college-level research so that you can complete your class assignments. There is no question too simple or too complicated to come to us with. Here are some examples of the types of questions we commonly help students with:

–How do I find articles that are “peer-reviewed” for my research paper – and what does “peer-review” even mean?
–I only have the title for an article I’m supposed to find – can you help me?
–How do I cite this article/conference presentation/blog post using proper APA style?
–How do I find primary sources regarding German agriculture before and after the Industrial Revolution? We love helping with wild questions like this. (Seriously, we do.)

You can always ask directly for the available librarian at the Information Desk, or you can schedule an appointment with the librarian appropriate to your subject area. You can also consult the subject or class-specific research guides compiled by your librarians. Good luck with mid-terms!

New exhibit now open: Hiroshima Ground Zero

Hiroshima Ground ZeroThe second of the featured traveling exhibits making a stop at Hamersly Library this fall is open for visitors. The Hiroshima Ground Zero exhibit is made up of a series of posters from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan that inform of the aftermath and effects of nuclear weapons. Designed for schools and suitable for all ages, the posters promote peace through education.

The exhibit will run from Friday, October 16th – Sunday, November 1st on the 3rd floor of the library. In conjunction with the exhibit, we will be hosting a lecture from Hiroshima survivor, Ed Kawasaki of Portland on Wednesday, October 28th at 4:00 p.m. in HL 107. See a full schedule of events here.

Campus Printing FAQ

print creditsHow 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.

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.

Watch Tim Wise’s film “White Like Me” for free

white like meProminent anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise is coming to campus to speak on Tuesday, Oct 13th at 4pm in the WUC Pacific Room.

In addition to his books, many of which are available through the library, Wise has also been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” As a WOU student, faculty, or staff, you can stream this film through the library.

The film, which Wise co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. Learn more.



Drop-in tutoring hours in the library

Need help with math, writing, English as a foreign language, or using technology? There are drop-in tutoring services for all of these subjects right in the library! Tutoring hours start at the beginning of week 2 and go through the end of term.

–>The Math Center offers free math tutoring Monday-Friday at varying times in Room 228. See the Math Center website for fall term hours.

–>The Writing Center holds night hours Sunday-Thursday from 7:00-10:00pm in Room 116. Writing tutors will work with you on writing projects for any course and any instruction level.

–>The English Tutoring Center holds night hours Monday-Thursday from 7:00-10:00 pm in Room 228. Tutors can help international students with reading, listening to, and/or speaking English.

–>The Digital Media Center (formerly the TRC), now located on the 2nd floor near the AV materials, offers tutoring hours this term on Monday & Wednesday from 4-8pm and Tuesday & Thursday from 2-6pm. Although you may stop by anytime to use the equipment on your own, tutoring is available for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.