Library News

Print with your Cougar Card and save!


The printing system on campus received an upgrade over the summer, and students can now pay for printing at a reduced rate using their Cougar Cards. The Cougar Card rate is now 4 cents per side for black-and-white and 35 cents per side for color printing, both at WSUV Workstations and through the Wireless Printing system.

To add money to your Cougar Card account, visit the Cougar Cash Deposit page.

Please visit the library's Reference Desk for any questions about printing.


Fall Library Hours begin Wednesday, August 17th


The Library will be open 10am - 3pm on August 15th and August 16th, and begin regular Fall hours on Wednesday the 17th. Note that we have increased our open hours on weekends!

Fall Semester Hours (August 15 - December 16, 2016)

The Library has the following hours during Fall Semester:

  • Monday - Thursday:  7:30am - 10pm
  • Friday:  7:30am - 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 6pm

Our printing system is being upgraded


The system used for printing in the Library, in the student computer labs and for wireless printing is being upgraded.  

What does this mean for you today:

  • Printing is free.  
  • Wireless Printing is not working but we can print your document for you.  Stop by the reference desk.

Sometime within the next week:

  • If you use your Cougar Card, printing will COST LESS.  4¢/page BW and 35¢/page Color.
  • Print Cards – your old print card will NOT work.  See REFERENCE for a new card (if you have money on your old card, we may be able to transfer it to your new card).
  • Print costs for using a Print Card will be 5¢/page BW and 40¢/page Color.
  • Wireless Printing will be available through a new and improved website.  Look for directions HERE and on the Library’s WEBSITE.

Questions? Need Help?

Please feel free to contact the library (360-546-9686 or or drop by the Reference desk for help.

Congratulations to Sarah Holman, Winner of the Library Research Excellence Award



We'd like to congratulate Sarah Holman, the nursing student whose paper has earned the WSU Vancouver Library's annual prize for student research. Here's the story from WSU News:

Nursing student receives WSU Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award

Of all infectious diseases that endanger young children’s lives, pneumonia remains the world’s biggest threat—yet some simple, low-cost measures could go a long way toward reducing the problem.

That was the surprising discovery Sarah Holman made in researching a paper for a senior-level nursing class at Washington State University Vancouver.

For her paper, “Grand Challenge: Childhood Pneumonia Mortality in Nigeria,” Holman received the 2016 WSU Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award. Designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate research using the library and its resources, the award carries a $300 prize. Holman’s paper will be part of a display in the library in the fall.

A senior nursing student, Holman wrote the paper for a class in Population Health Theory, taught by College of Nursing professors Phyllis Eide and Shelly Fritz. They asked students to research and write about a significant health challenge facing a developing country and propose at least three evidence-based solutions to address it.

Holman’s initial research led her to decide to study childhood pneumonia in Nigeria, where some 127,000 children die of the disease annually.

“Despite these bleak numbers, there is reason for hope because pneumonia may be prevented with simple interventions and treated with inexpensive medication and care,” Holman said. She found four potential solutions: educating women about the value of breastfeeding in preventing pneumonia, spreading knowledge about the disease through the media, increasing vaccine production in Nigeria, and increasing awareness of signs of pneumonia needing immediate attention.

In all, Holman spent close to 30 hours on research. She cited 24 sources and read many more. Drawing on library databases and interlibrary loans, she was able to do all of the research at the WSU Vancouver Library.

Holman, who lives in Camas, has been married for 25 years and has three children, ages 11 – 21. She expects to receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing in December 2016. “Returning to school at this point in my life has definitely given me something in common with my kids,” she said. “I can relate to their stress over homework, tests and papers.”

After graduating, she plans to look for a nursing job. She said she’d love to work at a hospital that does research, and the research award has boosted her confidence.

“The library research award has validated the time and effort I put into researching and writing this paper,” Holman said. “It has also encouraged me that I have the ability to succeed in future nursing graduate studies.”

Summer Hours


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.

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.