K-12 Group or Individual Research Visit Guidelines: Arranging Your Visit

Information about arranging and preparing for group research visits to Western Libraries for area schools.

Arranging Your Visit


Contact the libraries at least two weeks in advance of a planned visit. This will ensure that a librarian or reference personnel will be scheduled to work with your students, that a meeting location is available, and that computer terminals will be reserved for your visit if required. We may not be able to accommodate a visit on a particular day, so please have a few potential dates in mind when calling to schedule your visit.


We recommend a 25 student maximum to minimize the impact visits have on Western Washington University students, and to provide more focused attention for your students. Consider dividing larger classes into smaller groups, or selecting those students whose research needs can only be met at an academic library.


Arrange to have one adult accompany every 10 students. This ensures that the librarian or reference personnel assigned to your group will have sufficient help in meeting the research needs of all your students.


Black-out dates have been established in order to maintain the appropriate research and study environment and to assure access for WWU students. We try to schedule visits during low-peak periods such as intersession, and do not schedule around mid-terms & finals weeks.

Contact Us


WWU Main Library visits:  Email Elizabeth Stephan: elizabeth.stephan@wwu.edu

A librarian or reference specialist will work with you to design a group research visit to meet your students' needs.


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Heritage Resources
Special Collections, 6th Floor Wilson Library, 360-650-3193

University Archives and Records Management, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-3124

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Goltz-Murray Building, 360-650-7534