Library News

Extended Hours for Dead Week and Finals Week


Extended Hours (April 23 - May 6, 2016)

The Library has the following extended hours during Dead Week and Finals Week:​

  • Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24: 10:00a – 7:00p
  • Monday, April 25 – Thursday, April 28: 7:30a - 11:00p
  • Friday, April 29: 7:30a – 7:00p
  • Saturday, April 30 & Sunday, May 1: 10:00a -7:00p
  • Monday, May 2 – Thursday, May 5: 7:30a – 11:00p
  • Friday, May 6: 7:30a – 7:00p
  • Saturday, May 7: CLOSED for Graduation
  • Sunday May 8: Summer hours begin. See below.

Summer Hours (May 8 - July 29, 2016)**

The Library's hours during the summer are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 5:00pm

**Note: The Library will be closed Sunday May 29, Monday May 30, Sunday July 3rd and Monday July 4th.

Announcing the 2016 Library Research Excellence Award


To further support undergraduate research, the WSU Vancouver Library will be offering the Library Research Excellence Award.  A prize of $300 will be given to the best project and the winner will be acknowledged in a display within the Library.  The award is open to all WSU undergraduate students at the Vancouver campus.

The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate research that demonstrates evidence of significant inquiry using the library, its resources and collections.  The competition will be open to any individual undergraduate student in any field.  All media are encouraged.  In addition to the actual paper or project, students must submit a 500-750 word essay describing their research strategies and use of library collections along with a letter of support from a course instructor.

Projects will be evaluated by a panel of WSU Vancouver librarians using the following criteria:

  • Evidence of advanced use of library resources and collections.
  • Evidence of outstanding ability in locating, selecting, evaluating and synthesizing research materials.
  • Evidence of significant learning and development in the course of preparing the project.
  • Evidence of the development of a research question and method of inquiry.
  • Evidence in overall quality of the project, including clarity of expression, quality of writing style, and content that illustrates use of a broad range of sources and research materials.

Submission Requirements:

The Student Research Excellence Award is open to WSU undergraduate students.  Projects completed during or since Fall 2015 are eligible.  Deadline for submission is April 25th, with the award announcement made no later than May 6th.  Please note that group projects will be considered but award money can only be given to one person per award.  To apply please submit the following to (or deliver it to the Circulation Desk in the Library) by April 25th:

Encounter Research at the Library, Tuesday March 22 at noon!

event poster for Encounter Research with Probst and Mahrt

Tuesday, March 22nd, 12:00-1:00 pm
Join us in the library for:

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Research: Unexpected Realities of the Research Process," a talk by Elena Mahrt and Tahira Probst

The research process is often portrayed as a neat and orderly series of logical steps culminating in the discovery of some truth. The reality is often messy and full of judgment calls. In this interactive session, Tahira Probst and Elena Marht will discuss some of these unexpected realities of the research process, as well as recent high-profile examples of the failure to replicate scientific findings. They will consider how researchers, reviewers, editors and universities potentially contribute to the problem but can also be a part of the solution.

Elena Mahrt is a Ph.D. candidate in WSU's Zoology program.

Tahira Probst is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of psychology and the 2015 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence. She has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and edited volumes. Currently, she serves as editor of the journal Stress and Health and sits on three other editorial boards.

Facebook event here.

Cash Prize for Best Paper or Project!


Award will recognize excellence in undergraduate research that demonstrates evidence of significant inquiry using the library, its resources and collections.  The competition is open to any individual undergraduate student in any field.  Deadline is April 25th.  See: for application materials.

Spring Break hours


The library will remain open during Spring Break, with the following hours:

Saturday 3/12: 12:00-5:00 pm
Sunday 3/13: 12:00-5:00 pm

Monday 3/14: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday 3/15: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Wednesday 3/16: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Thursday 3/17: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday 3/18: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday 3/19: 12:00-5:00 pm
Sunday 3/20: 12:00-5:00 pm

Enjoy the break!


Words for Wednesday: Poetry Out Loud in the Library

photo collage of poets

Wednesday, March 9th
5:00 p.m. 
WSU Vancouver Library

Do you write poems? Or just like to read them? Come share your own work or someone else’s at Words for Wednesday, a poetry open mic for the WSU Vancouver community. All styles are welcome, from hiphop to haiku.

Bring your own coffee or tea—we will provide snacks to go with it.

To be added to the schedule, contact Sam Lohmann or just stop by and sign up at 5:00 on Wednesday the 9th!


I am in love with poetry. Every way I turn
this, my weakness, smites me. A glass
of chocolate milk, head of lettuce, dark-
ness of clouds at one o'clock obsess me.

--Ted Berrigan, “Words for Love”


Had not all beautiful things become real on Wednesday?

--Frank O’Hara, “Second Avenue”


la poesía es como el pan, de todos

[poetry, like bread, is for everyone]

--Roque Dalton, Como Tú

Help out the library, get $20.00!


Are you a WSU Vancouver student?
Are you interested in getting a $20 gift card and spending 45-60 minutes giving the Libraries feedback?
If yes, please consider participating in our usability study about Library databases. Go to the web form to learn more about this opportunity and sign up!

New Audiovisual Suite in Study Room 105


Want to practice your presentation with a large screen? Now you can use the equipment in one of the library’s Group Study Rooms to practice presentations and more. The newly installed equipment in Room 105 includes:

  • A Macintosh hard drive connected to large TV monitor
  • A USB hub for thumb drives
  • Remote control and remote keyboard (check these out at the Circulation Desk)
  • DVD/Blu-Ray player that can handle international disc formats

As always, you can reserve a Study Room online or walk in if the room is available. If you have questions about room reservations, equipment, or anything else, ask at the Reference Desk!

New art exhibit: "300+ Tops" by JJ Harty

Photo of tops in the library

A new art display in the library features hundreds of handmade tops by artist JJ Harty, who writes:

This project focuses on play as a medium for direct interpersonal communication. Play stimulates creative problem solving, relationships, cooperation, collaboration, competition, and more. In this installation there are two open pedestals inviting interaction with the tops. As the project develops, it is ultimately intended to be a fully interactive installation where all the tops would be physically available for use.

JJ Harty received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington State University. In 2014 he was selected by the International Sculpture Center for Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture and his work was featured in the October 2014 issue of Sculpture magazine.

Library closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 18


The library will be closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will re-open as usual at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Please consider coming to campus for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and features workshops on privilege, allyship,immigration, King's legacy and more, including one co-led by library staff member and student leader Tasi Salanoa on Intersecting Identities. Activist Diana Pei Wu will deliver the keynote address.