For Faculty and Instructors: What to expect from the Libraries this fall

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We're pleased to fully reopen Waldo Library and Zhang Legacy Collections Center this fall.

Here's what you can expect in our libraries:

  • All floors and book stacks in Waldo Library will be fully open, including study rooms, research carrels and the Graduate Student Commons.
  • Both Waldo and Zhang will be open to the public. We have reserved Waldo's late evening hours for WMU students and employees only. Make sure to bring your Bronco Card to enter after 8 p.m. View all library hours.
  • Waldo's Bookmark Café will resume service in September.

Let us know how we can help by contacting Waldo Library, Zhang Legacy Collections Center or your subject librarian.

Library instruction

Our librarians are available to teach in person or online. Did you know that over 87% of WMU students who received the Libraries' information literacy instruction in 2019-20 reported feeling more confident about completing their assignments? Contact your subject librarian to coordinate instruction for your classes.

Want to introduce your students to college-level research? Assign our new, self-paced Information Literacy Microcourse in Elearning. Seamlessly integrate information literacy into your course schedule. Every WMU student is continuously enrolled in Elearning and receives a certificate upon completion.

Library collections

Utilize our robust electronic and print library collections to support your curriculum and research. Place holds on physical items for pick up inside Waldo Library or home delivery. We will continue to offer our delivery service to all WMU students and employees through spring 2022.

If you're looking for textbook alternatives, consider print or electronic course reserves. We can create a curated reading list for your students from resources in our library collections. Contact us to get started.

The Zhang Legacy Collections Center houses the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections. Starting this fall, Zhang will also be home to our special collections and rare books, which were previously housed in Waldo. Make an appointment to view these collections this summer or set up a class visit. Zhang's walk-in hours begin Sept. 1.

Student support

We're here to help your students succeed academically. We're open late and offer a variety of spaces for group collaboration and quiet study.

Students can get help in person or by phone, email or live chat. They can also make an appointment with a librarian for advanced research support.

Technology services

We have over 200 computers available in Waldo, including our engineering and Mac computer stations. Printing stations are available throughout the library.

The Virtual Reality Lab, Multimedia Studio and Learning Glass Studio will reopen on Waldo Library's lower level on Sept. 1. We're also adding 3D printers and flight simulators to our technology services this fall. Students can freely explore these technologies and create personal and academic projects. You may also use these tools to enhance your instructional content and curriculum. Contact Alex Teal to learn about options for your courses.