Swain Library reopens for student study on Aug. 31

Contact: Sara Volmering

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University students will have one more study spot on campus this fall. The University Libraries will reopen the Swain Library in Sangren Hall for open study and academic programming starting Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Western students and employees must swipe their Bronco Card to enter during open hours. Swain will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays during fall semester.

“Swain is a wonderful facility, and we’re excited to reopen this space for student study and programming,” says Julie Garrison, dean of University Libraries. “We are prioritizing this space for WMU students to create an environment focused on study, collaboration and academics. Waldo Library will continue to be available to our broader community during our public hours.”

Swain Library temporarily closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Libraries later relocated Swain’s collections to Waldo Library. During that time, the Libraries partnered with campus departments to offer academic support services in Swain.

“Our campus partners will continue their work in Swain this year, but we’re ready to get students back into this space for open study,” says Garrison.

In addition to open study space, the Libraries will offer academic programming in Swain, including new study communities for students meet new people, make connections and study together.

Swain is located in Sangren Hall on the second floor and is only a few minutes away from Waldo Library, making it easy for students to access Waldo’s Service Desk, collections, computers, printers and study rooms.

“Swain’s proximity to Waldo Library makes it easy for students to get the library services and resources they need,” says Sara Volmering, marketing manager for University Libraries. “Swain and Waldo are both wonderful study spots for students, and we’re excited to have both available this fall.”

 “Providing space for study, collaboration and learning is just one way the Libraries supports students’ academic success,” adds Garrison. “We encourage all WMU students to take advantage of our library services and resources and the Swain, Waldo Library and the Zhang Legacy Collections Center facilities this fall.”

WMU students and employees are invited to an open house in Swain Library to celebrate the reopening from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7Learn more about library collections, services and spaces. 

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