Class and Group Visits

Bring your students or group members to Western Michigan University Libraries for a hands-on experience with our subject experts, unique collections, and innovative technologies. We can help you create an educational opportunity that will inspire learning.

Types of groups

We welcome all sorts of groups and classes to visit University Libraries locations, including:

  • K-12 classes from area schools.
  • Nearby community colleges, colleges or universities.
  • Community groups like summer camps, book clubs and historical societies.
  • Western Michigan University classes.

During your visit

Below are a few examples of what we could do during your visit:

Amazing Library Race

Tour Waldo Library and participate in a scavenger hunt that introduces students to academic library services and resources. Duration: 45 minutes. Maximum group size: 30.

Subject-specific instruction

Meet with subject librarians at Waldo Library and experience active learning with books and computer searching on student-selected research topics. Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes. Maximum group size: 30.

Our librarians also work with Western faculty and instructors to incorporate information literacy and research instruction into course curriculums.

Hands-on with unique materials

Spend time with our archives and special collections at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center and explore primary sources, local and regional history, and rare library items. Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes. Maximum group size: 20.

Virtual reality and flight simulators

Discover new worlds at virtual reality stations and take to the air at state-of-the-art flight simulators in Waldo Library. Duration: 45 minutes. Maximum group size: 15 (can split with other activities if the group is larger)

As an add-on to any of these programs, we can coordinate with the Office of Admissions to provide a walking tour of Western’s main campus with an official tour guide.