Unique collections at Zhang and Waldo libraries available by appointment

Collage of unique collection available at WMU Libraries.
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We are excited to offer researchers the opportunity to safely use the unique resources in our Regional History Collection, University Archives and Special Collections. Zhang Legacy Collections Center is home to our archives and regional history collections and Waldo Library houses our special collections. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, the reading rooms at both of these locations will be available by appointment only.

Visits will be limited while we observe social distancing and based upon staff availability. On days when staff are available to accept appointments, one slot will be offered at 9 a.m. and another slot at 1 p.m. Visitors will be limited to one slot of two hours per week and appointments must be book at least 24 hours in advance.

How to request a visiT

  1. Email arch-collect@wmich.edu for archives and regional history or lib-rbr@wmich.edu for special collections.
  2. In the email, include your name, phone number and what materials you hope to work with during your visit.
  3. We will contact you to develop a plan so your visit can be efficient and safe for you, other members of the community and our staff.

Before your visit

We require that individuals who plan to visit our buildings perform a health check prior to arrival. If you cannot pass the health check on the day you plan to come, we ask that you reschedule your appointment for 7-10 days later to protect our staff and others. 

WMU Users

If you are a WMU student, faculty member or staff member, complete the COVID-19 health survey on GoWMU the day of your visit.

Community Members

If you are a visitor from the community, perform the COVID-19 health check below the day of your visit.

During Your Visit

While visiting our reading rooms, we ask that you:

  • Wear a mask inside the facility at all times.
  • Stay six feet away from other people whenever possible.
  • Follow directional signage while you are inside the building.

COVID-19 Health Check

  1. Have you been advised to quarantine by a health care provider or public health professional and still under that advice?
    • Yes. – please reschedule your appointment
    • No. – proceed to next question
  2. Do you have a fever of 100.4° F or higher?
    • Yes. – please reschedule your appointment
    • No. – proceed to next question
  3. Do you have symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)?
    • Yes. – please reschedule your appointment
    • No. – proceed to next question
  4. Have you had a sudden loss of taste or smell?
    • Yes. – please reschedule your appointment
    • No. – proceed to next question
  5. In the last 14 days, you have been in close proximity to someone who is confirmed to be COVID-positive?
    • Yes. – please reschedule your appointment
    • No. – proceed to next question