Hamersly Library closed the entire week of Christmas

Glowing Christmas Tree Lights in the Winter Night

Along with the rest of campus, Hamersly Library will be closed one full week of Winter Break.  Since you might be doing research, ordering materials for Winter Term, or needing to check out some books and videos to relax with, here are some tips to plan your library use:

Our calendar provides a complete look at our winter break hours and the resumption of normal hours with Winter Term.

1) Due dates: Any items that would normally come due during the closure (from local collection or borrowed from Summit or Interlibrary Loan), the due dates are pushed back to Dec 30, the first day the campus reopens.

2).  Borrowing Summit or Interlibrary Loan materials.  Plan ahead to accommodate delivery before our closure–better the books are in your hands for the 10 days than laying in a cold warehouse awaiting our reopening. Want a single deadline for all remote-item ordering?: Thur. Dec. 12.
If you want to spread the deadlines out a bit and still (probably) get your items before we close:

  • Order physical items from Interlibrary Loan (WorldCat items) by Thur. Dec. 12.  (these average a week to arrive & vary by our distance from the loaning library).
  • Order items from Summit by Friday, Dec. 13 (These usually take 2-3 days for delivery, and we get our shipment late in the day.  You’ll want the item to arrive by Thursday’s shipment.
  • Order journal articles that are not held in our physical or electronic collections by Monday, Dec. 16

3).  You’ll have continued access to all electronic resources, including ebooks through the catalog, the databases (including streaming multimedia content from Films on Demand, Theater in Video, and Classical Music Library) and electronic journal access. 

4).  You are welcome to continue requesting items (from local collection or from Summit or Interlibrary Loan, certain OnDemand articles, and Scan & Deliver materials) and services during the closure through the standard channels.  The staff will process the requests once campus reopens on Dec 30.  Do remember, though, that staffing might be scarce both at Hamersly and at partner libraries during the whole holiday season, and that can slow response times.

Happy end of term, and Happy Holidays!

photo credit: epSos.de (Photographer). (2012). Glowing Christmas Tree Lights in the Winter Night. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/8259481490/



Public Event: Book reading and reception Thursday 4/11

Join us for a book reading and discussion of Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon.

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013
  • Willamette Room, Werner University Center
  • Light refreshments served at 5:00 p.m.
  • Program at 5:30
  • Author Charles Johnson and WOU Professor Mark Henkels
  • Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase

Submit your photos for Week@WOU

Week @ WOUThe entire WOU community is invited to submit campus images taken during the week of January 21 – 27, 2013 for a spring-term exhibit at the Hamersly Library. Image categories are

  • Places (buildings, campus spaces)
  • Activities (performance, lecture, service, routine tasks)
  • People (students, staff, faculty, administrators)

Make your plans now for scenes you want to shoot! See invitational flyer for full submission guidelines and exhibit information.

eReader Petting Zoo this Monday

Monday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.eReader next to stack of paper books
Hamersly Library lobby

The eReader Petting Zoo allows you time in a non-commercial setting to poke around several brands and formats of eBook devices and to discuss their pros and cons.  (Reminder: holiday shopping is imminent.)

We’ll have a variety of devices for you to play with

  • Kindle, 6″ E Ink Display
  • NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight
  • Kobo
  • The new Kindle Fire HD 7″
  • Google Nexus 7
  • iPad 2

Also, we will schedule our ebooks and ereader workshop in January, during which we’ll detail how to download library ebooks onto your smartphone, tablet, or eReader (possibly a brand new one from the holidays?).  These will be reprised from the workshop first held during Faculty Week 2012, but we’ll have focused sessions for iPad/iPhone owners, for Kindle owners, and general sessions for owners of other devices. You can also consult our Ebooks @ WOU guide and consult with us if you have problems.

Game Nights at the library!

mariokart.jpgGame Nights continue at the library! Join in the fun Friday night, November 6, room 107, 6-8 p.m., for Guitar Hero 5, Wii Sports & Wii Play, and Mario Cart, as well as our selection of board games. And if you need more enticement, attendees could win the drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card!

After this Friday, we’re moving Game Nights to Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. So that’s Nov. 10, 17, & 24

Game nights will resume during winter term!</strong In the meantime, you can still use Guitar Hero 5, Wii Sports & Wii Play, and Mario Cart, as well as our selection of board games in the library whenever we are open.