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Friday, May 3, 2019

Exhibition of Medieval Manuscripts

Waldo Library's Rare Book Room will host an exhibit of thirteenth century and onward manuscripts during the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Waldo Library, third floor, Edwin and Mary Meader Room. Open to all, the showings are May 8 - 11, 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Sunday, and Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Here is what a recent host of this exhibition said of this collection, University of Iowa Libraries: "These manuscripts are on loan from Les Enluminures, a company with locations in Paris, New York and Chicago. Les Enluminures was created to offer a large and wide-ranging inventory of text manuscripts on the market. They developed a program that allows educational institutes in North America to borrow some manuscripts, giving more people the opportunity to see these wonderful books. The program is called “Manuscripts in the Curriculum.”  . . .  These allow students to gain a broader understanding of the Middle Ages. . .
De miseria humanae conditionis (On the Misery of the Human Condition)
The manuscripts were written throughout Europe from the 13th century to the 19th century, and each manuscript has a diverse subject including the lives of the saints, school books, humanism, liturgy and canon law.
One of the manuscripts, Lotario Dei Segni’s De miseria humanae conditionis (On the Misery of the Human Condition), has been cited by famous authors, including Chaucer and Christine de Pizan. This medieval manuscript is a reflection on the Middle Ages. 
Choir Psalter

Saint Benedict’s Regula sancti Benedicti and Saint Augustine’s Regula sancti Augustini episcopi are pocket-sized manuscripts containing foundation documents of early Western monasticism. Even though monks were not allowed any personal property of their own, there is still evidence that a Benedictine monk or abbot had owned the manuscript in the 15th century.
Along with these manuscripts, there may be some that have missing leaves. However, those missing leaves add more to the story than if they were still bound with the manuscript.
An incomplete Noted Choir Psalter and Hymnal is bound out of order and is missing numerous leaves; however, it still represents the opportunity to acquire a liturgical manuscript from Northern Italy.
There is so much to learn from these manuscripts. . . ."
WMU Libraries is pleased to exhibit these to the public and Congress attendees.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Linda Rolls retires from University Libraries

After serving WMU for 50 years, Linda Rolls retires at the close of Spring Semester. She served in many roles at the Libraries: head of reference services, head of science reference, associate dean, and interlibrary loan librarian.

She was the first African-American librarian on campus and became the first African-American professor at WMU. She took on many new tasks with great commitment. She will be missed around the libraries.

Here is a photo collage of some of her times at WMU.


1993 Symphony supporter
2017 University photo


Friday, April 19, 2019

Libraries Finals Week Activities

Waldo Rotunda: WSA Coffee, Fruit Tray, & Doughnut giveaways (in partnership with the Bookmark CafĂ©) will be: 
  • Sunday, April 21: 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 22: 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23: 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 24: 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25: 8:00 a.m.

Graduate College treat giveaway in the Graduate Student Commons, 3rd floor Waldo

  •    For graduate students, Monday - Thursday, April 22 - 24, 9 am - 2 p.m.

Waldo Graffiti Wall - Easels with paper will be setup on the first floor near the New Books with crayons to allow students to express their inner artist


Mini playdoh and treats to the other branch libraries - Playdoh cans, treats, bookmarks, and crayons will be available at the branch libraries while supplies last


Nightly at Waldo
  • Sunday - Stress buster giveaway. Stress balls and treats (including allergen free) available while supplies last 
  • Monday - Button night. Finals themed buttons with fun phrases are back by popular demand, while supplies last 
  • Tuesday – Cookie night. Stop by the desk for a sweet treat (gluten free option available) Wednesday – Bubble night. Stop by the desk at Waldo and pick up a mini bottle of bubbles or bubble wrap and pop/blow your stress away, while supplies last 
  • Thursday AM - Students can stop by the desk on the way to their exams starting at 7:30 am, to pickup a granola bar on their way to their last exam (gluten free option available). While supplies last
Best to all of you on exams

Thursday, April 18, 2019

200,000 Milestone Reached

Zhang Legacy Collections Center; WMU Archives and Regional History reaches 200,000 holdings milestone.

The 200,000th barcode was added into the holdings catalog at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center on April 5, 2019. A barcode is applied to every book and individual box or folder of manuscript materials placed on the 32-foot high shelves in this state of the art archival storage facility. The building was projected to have seven years of growth at the time of construction and is now at 88% capacity. The building also features a reading room which hosts researchers, classes, and community events.  
Tall 32 foot stacks in the environmentally controlled area.

The Zhang Legacy Collections Center opened in October 2013 and brought together research collections which had been housed in several locations throughout campus. The Center houses the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections and provides storage for the University Libraries. At the time of the initial move, there were just over 69,035 barcodes entered into the system.  

Since its construction, more than 76,000 researchers have visited the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, including scholars from other academic institutions who have used the collections focusing on the history of people, businesses, organizations, and culture in Southwestern Michigan. Librarians from other universities have visited the Zhang to get ideas for planning similar facilities and the project has been featured in presentations at two international conferences.  

In keeping with Western Michigan University’s commitment to sustainability, the project earned LEED silver designation. The building is heated and cooled using a geo-thermal system and also uses less water and energy in daily operations. Materials for the construction project were selected for environmental sustainability and rain gardens placed around the perimeter collect and filter run-off water. To learn more about the Zhang Legacy Collections Center or research materials housed in the facility, visit  

The center at 1650 Oakland Drive is one of the largest in Michigan. It is open to the public and the WMU Community with librarians and curators to assist in locating historical materials. Hours vary with the University schedule:

Exterior of the Zhang Legacy Collections Center

Waldo Library’s First Floor Closed

Summer construction on Waldo Library’s first floor will begin April 29 and continue through August 27. Waldo Library will remain open during construction, but the first floor will be closed.  

The refreshed space will feature energy-efficient lighting, new ceiling tiles, and contemporary carpeting. Reconfigured shelving will improve accessibility to the collection on the first floor.  

The main entrance to Waldo Library and the service desk on the first floor will remain open during construction. Collaborative and quiet study spaces, computer stations, and the majority of the print collection will continue to be available on the lower level, second and third floors.  

Sections of Waldo Library’s print collection (call numbers N and P) will be unavailable during the project. Library users are encouraged to use interlibrary loan services to borrow items that are unavailable due to construction.  

Forty-four computer stations will be available on the lower level, second, and third floors. An additional 59 computer stations are available in the University Computing Center Lab, which is adjacent to Waldo Library.  

Please contact the University Libraries’ Office of the Dean, (269) 387-5201, with questions about the project.