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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.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Input on Library Guides, Tuesday

Usability testing of our Library Guides will take place midday, Tuesday, April 9, 11:30 - 1:30: Waldo Atrium, then to the right, in the Popular Reading area.

This will help us learn how we can improve these guide pages that librarians design to assist our students on particular topics.

There will be signs for 'Snack Break'. Give us 15 minutes of your opinions on our lib-guides and we have a snack for you. There will be a signup sheet at the table if it is busy.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Semester Survival Guide

Your WMU Libraries can help get you through. 

Extended hours at Waldo are Friday and Saturday, April 19 - 20 open till midnight, with 24 hours continuing 5 days, Sunday - Thursday, April 21 - 25 midnight. Detailed hours listing.
Snacks are provided periodically during finals week by Western Student Association in the Waldo lobby.

Group Study Rooms and Project Spaces

7 rooms in Waldo, 6 in Swain Education Library, and 1 in Maybee Music Library are available for online reservations 2 hours at a time. Current WMU students, in groups of three or more, are eligible to request the use of group study rooms for academic study. Most have larger monitors to share presentations and files.

Makerspace on second floor, Waldo, is a space for working out prototypes with the Innovations student club.

White boards are available throughout the 3 main campus libraries with markers available at each Service Desk.

Graduate Student Commons

The Graduate Student Commons is the first dedicated space on main campus for graduate students to gather, collaborate, and study. Graduate students are now able to take full advantage of the newly-refreshed space with study pods, group study rooms, enhanced computers, large tables for collaboration, lounge style seating and many power ports. Graduate students have access by swiping their Bronco Card.

The Graduate College is supporting the effort with finals-time snacks, Mon - Thurs, April 22 - 25, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Quiet Study Spaces

Each floor in Waldo has quiet spaces toward the back. The third floor is mostly all quiet space. Swain Education Library has a separate quiet study room.

Help with Papers and Projects

Our Librarians can help you get the articles and resources you need with a consultation. Easy appointments are available for your subject area. Or, you can call, text, or email with a question.

The Writing Center from across campus has Sunday evening hours in Waldo, first floor: 5-8 pm. on a drop in basis.

New Cafe in Waldo

Open extended hours for finals 4 pm - midnight, on the first floor Sun. - Thurs. Featuring coffees, teas and a variety of bottled drinks; prepared sandwiches and salads; bakery items from the Brown and Gold Bakery and a wide variety of snacks.

On the lower level the vending machines and microwave are always available.

Finals Activities

- Stress-buster activities from Users Services during finals week.
- Help with questions
- Equipment checkout: like phone charger cords and headphones

- Virtual Reality Lab, lower level Waldo, has many titles for active study breaks

Your WMU Libraries are wishing you the best with finals.