Book Drive to Benefit Prison Inmates Starts Oct. 5

Posted: September 28, 2015 -- letizia

WSU Libraries and the Center for Civic Engagement will sponsor a book drive Oct. 5-16 to benefit inmates of Washington State Penitentiary.

The drive is part of a related exhibit ( in Terrell Library on programs that provide free books to prisoners and this year’s Common Reading Program book “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson.



‘Book a Librarian’ Service Matches Students with Individualized Research Help

Posted: September 23, 2015 -- letizia

WSU freshmen and sophomores who need help with their 100- and 200-level class projects and papers can book their own librarian to figure out a research strategy going in.

To schedule a one-on-one meeting, visit Meetings must be made 24 hours in advance. Students receive an email confirmation with the librarian’s name for the date and time requested, then meet at the Terrell Library reference desk. Sessions may last about 45 minutes or less, depending on the student’s need.



Exhibit, Book Drive Highlight Prison Literacy Programs

Posted: September 21, 2015 -- letizia

More than 30 programs work to provide free books to people incarcerated around the country, improving literacy in prisons and bolstering poorly funded prison libraries. An exhibit opening this week in the Washington State University Terrell Library atrium explores the history and role of these programs.



New High-Tech Lab Available in Holland Library

Posted: September 4, 2015 -- letizia

WSU students will have access to state-of-the-art computing equipment, virtual-reality technology and on-the-fly video training with the soft launch of the Dimensions Lab in Holland Library on Sept. 8.

The lab, located on the first floor next to the microforms area, offers eight Windows and four Macintosh computers, large monitors and Adobe Creative Suite 6. Two Oculus Rift virtual-reality head-mounted display headsets and a kiosk for online video tutorials will be added soon.



New Addition to Database of U.S. Congressional Documents Available

Posted: September 1, 2015 -- letizia

Students and scholars of the U.S. Congress can access historical House and Senate reports and documents through a WSU Libraries’ database.

The libraries recently purchased the final segment (1980-94) of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, the printed record of the U.S. House and Senate begun in 1817. The set and another database, American State Papers, a repository of documents from before 1817, can be accessed by WSU-affiliated users in the list of article databases at



Spaces and Places: Libraries Transform Study and Research Facilities One Space at a Time

Posted: August 26, 2015 -- letizia

In spite of increased access to digital resources, gate counts continue to rise as more people use library spaces to study, research, and collaborate. More than 1.2 million visitors came to the libraries last year, and we anticipate even greater numbers this year as students realize the value of the library experience.



Have Answers, Will Travel: Libraries’ New Roving Reference Serves Students

Posted: August 25, 2015 -- letizia

A new program at WSU’s Holland and Terrell Libraries brings the traditional reference desk to students instead of the other way around.

The roving reference service runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. Library reference staff carrying tablet PCs circulate between book stacks, study areas and cubicles to help students answer questions wherever they are.

“Roving will especially target early-career students who are unfamiliar with the libraries’ resources and layout,” said Erin Hvizdak, WSU Libraries reference and instruction librarian.



Libraries' Holly Matteson Balances Multiple Priorities as Nontraditional Student

Posted: August 21, 2015 -- letizia

Holly Matteson, a 36-year-old English education major at WSU, is not your typical student. She and her husband married when she was 19. For the next 13 years, Holly was a stay-at-home mother for their two children while her husband supported them in a lucrative, but unsatisfying job.

As their children grew older, they both realized that it was time to make a change and set an example for their children by getting the degrees they would need for the careers they wanted.



Now through August 20th: After-Work Creativity Displayed at Library

Posted: July 15, 2015 -- letizia

Clock in, clock out, five days a week, eight hours a day (frequently more) is the common work routine. But a WSU Libraries’ exhibit looks at the creative lives of library employees after the workday is done.



Owen Library Closed Saturday, July 18, for Maintenance Work

Posted: July 15, 2015 -- letizia

Owen Science and Engineering Library will be closed Saturday, July 18, for maintenance work to replace water valves. The library will reopen at noon Sunday, July 19.