Library News

"Encounter Research" in the library


"Railroaded: Murder on the Pullman Rail Cars, Slavery and Race Relations in Oregon"

Presented by Samantha Rintoul in conversation with Sue Peabody

Monday, September 28th
6 p.m.

Join us in the library for the latest installment of our "Encounter Research: Conversations in the Library" series of talks. Samantha Rintoul, winner of the library's Undergraduate Research Excellence Award, will lead the conversation. She will be joined by Sue Peabody, professor of history.

More information on Rintoul's research and the Award can be found here.

New Electronic Resources for History


WSU Libraries recently purchased access to the final segment of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set database, covering congressional papers and reports from the years 1980 to 1994. This means that researchers now have access to the complete written record of the U.S. House and Senate, from the founding documents to the present. More information on these resources is available here.

In addition, WSU Vancouver currently has access to two new electronic collections of historical resources on a trial basis, from now through September 26th. The collections, both from Newberry Library and Adam Matthew Digital, are American Indian Histories and Cultures and American West (use the links to view the collections through the library catalog). They feature archival primary sources including historical documents and images. 

As always, we'd love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments about these resources.


Library Closed 9/7


The Library will be closed on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday, 9/8 at 8am.  Check out our Library Hours page for our regular schedule.

Fall Hours


Welcome to Fall Semester!  The Library's hours starting Wednesday, August 19th are:

Fall Semester Hours (August 19 - December 18, 2015)**

  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 10pm
  • Friday: 8am - 5pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: Noon - 5pm

August Closure


The Library will be closed from August 1st to August 18th.

We will return to normal business hours beginning Wednesday, August 19th.

Normal fall business hours are:
Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday 12pm-5pm

Have a question?


The Library is here to help answer your questions and give you research advice.  You can contact us in many ways:

Phone:  360-546-9686
In person: @ the reference desk
Instant Chat:  Try the Chat with a Librarian chat link.  It's available from our homepage and will connect you quickly to a librarian.

Library Summer Schedule


Summer Schedule (May 10 - July 31, 2015)**

•    Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
•    Friday: 9am - 5pm
•    Saturday - Sunday: Noon - 5pm

**Note: The Library will be closed May 24 & May 25 for Memorial Day and July 3 and July 4 for Independence Day.

Compact Shelving coming to YOUR Library!

compact shelving construction

Be a part of the excitement while we create a whole new look just for you!  Books and journals will be housed on new, compact, movable shelving to allow for:
-more space for study,
-a quiet area in the Library's reading room, and
-easier location of books and journals.

What does this mean for Library Resources and Services this summer?
Early June:
-Books in the Reading Room will be relocated temporarily.  A map will be available.
-Shelving in the Reading Room will be taken down and more seating moved into that area.

Late June to Early July:
-Reference Books will be moved and that shelving will be removed.
-Some computer workstations will be moved.

Early to Mid-July:
-Phase One of the Compact Shelving will be built.  There will be approximately one-week of disruptive noise.  A map of quieter spaces and earplugs will be available.

Late July:
-The remainder of books and journals will be moved and old shelving removed.

Early to Mid-August:
-Phase Two of the Compact Shelving will be built.  The Library is closed (as usual) during this time.
-Completion date is August 19th.

NOTE:  There may need to be a total of 2 or 3 days of library closures throughout the summer. Dates will be posted at least one-week in advance.