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K-12 Group or Individual Research Visit Guidelines: General Information

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

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Conduct & Computer Use

Important Policies - Before your visit, please review these policies with your students:

Campus Information

Group Research Visits

Western Libraries is a complex information system meeting the in-depth scholarly research needs of university students and faculty.

Group research visits by students in K-12 grades are useful when academic library resources are appropriate for student projects, and when the learning goals for the students would be served by such a visit.

To ensure a positive and successful experience at Western Libraries, we recommend that you consult your School Librarian/Media Specialist regarding your class needs.

  • Discuss your students' research needs with your school librarian.
  • Have your students participate in at least one session with your school librarian or media specialist focusing on research strategies and sources for their topic.
  • Determine if your students need the level and range of information that can only be found at an academic research library. Often the research needs of students in elementary and middle schools can more successfully be met through the use of their school and public library collections and resources.

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:

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:

Contact Us


WWU Main Library visits:  Email Elizabeth Stephan:

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


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: