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Library information, services and resources targeted for the wider area community
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Whatcom One Card

The One Card program allows anyone who lives or goes to school in Whatcom County to check out library materials from any public or academic library in the county, and to return items to any participating library in Whatcom County. For details and information about requirements, click on the link below:

About Western Libraries

Welcome to Western Libraries!

Library facilities and events are open to all members of our community.

The main library complex consists of the Mabel Zoe Wilson Library and the Haggard Wing. The Western Libraries also include:

  • Western Libraries Home
    Western Libraries' online gateway to resources, collections and services.
  • Western Libraries OneSearch
    OneSearch is a single search interface that allows patrons to simultaneously search several article databases, catalogs, and other data sources for books, journal articles, videos, scores, maps, and more! OneSearch is a shared catalog for the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit), a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, of which the Western Libraries is a long-standing member. OneSearch contains 8.8 million titles and over 26 million resources.
  • Heritage Resources
    Heritage Resources provides for responsible stewardship of unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning, and research. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives (linked separately below) work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community, and Pacific Northwest region.
  • Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
    Located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building, the Center’s collections include private papers, organizational and institutional records documenting economic, social, cultural and political trends significant to the Pacific Northwest.
  • Western Libraries Special Collections
    Located on the 6th floor of Wilson Library, Special Collections collects, organizes, describes, preserves, and maintains unique intellectual and cultural heritage materials and promotes the use of these resources by the University community, scholars, and the public.
  • University Archives and Records Management
    Also located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building, University Archives and Records Management is the repository for the permanent, historical records of WWU; the source for record-keeping requirements at WWU; and provides efficient low-cost storage of WWU records.
  • Map Collection
    Western Libraries has more than 150,000 maps in Wilson 1 West.
  • Music Library
    Located on the second floor of the Performing Arts Center (PAC376). Our growing collection of music contains more than 80,000 items, including books, bound periodicals, musical scores, records and compact discs. Listening stations are located throughout the library.

Use of Library Resources

Visitors from the wider community are welcome to use the library resources:

    • Use of public-access library computers - Access the library catalog, electronic databases and other library resources, as well as the World Wide Web and web-based email. Please request a password to use our public workstations at the Circulation Services Desk on Haggard 2. Picture ID is required. Usage is limited to 1 hour per day, renewal subject to availability.
    • In-library use of most materials - Includes books, journals, newspapers, government documents, microforms, audio/visual recordings, and periodical indexes and databases. For more information, see Borrowing Materials: Courtesy/Community Borrowers or contact Circulation Services at (360) 650-3084.

    • Fee-based printing and photocopying - Use your Western Libraries Courtesy/Community Card as a copy card. Add money to your card at machines in the library to pay for printing from library computers and to make photocopies. Coin operated copy machines are also available. Cost for photocopying is $.06/page. If you are not eligible or do not want a Courtesy/Community Card, you can purchase a copy card at the library. The card costs $1.00 and you will need to add money to the card to make copies.
    • Whatcom One Card - The One Card program allows anyone who lives or goes to school in Whatcom County to check out library materials from any public or academic library in the county, and to return items to any participating library in Whatcom County. For more information, click on the link above or go to the Whatcom One Card guide.
    • Library Guides: Available online through the library web site, these guides describe services and collections, provide assistance in locating and using library resources, and include our extensive collection of subject research guides and bibliographies.
    • Assistance at service desks - Go to the Info Desk on Wilson 2 for research and technology assistance, and to the Circulation Services Desk on Haggard 2 for library account help.

    Please note that visitors do not have access to the WWU computer labs or interlibrary loan service.

    Contact Us

    • Library Outreach
    • Circulation Services
      Email Circulation Services at or call (360) 650-3084 for information about the Whatcom One Card program and other borrowing information.

    Ask Us! Research Services

    Ask Us! Research Service - Anything, Anytime, Anywhere!

    Library help is available for all your information and research needs. Just click on the link below to contact us in any of the following ways:


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