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Spotlight on the Library

By Jamila Carroll
On March 6, 2012

The building that was once known as the loudest has now become one of the quietest on campus. The library was first known as the Snoqualmie Falls Co. Transfer House, but now it holds an array of books, newspapers, references, electronic journals, course reserves, and a media collection that includes CDs, DVDs, and many other valuable resources for students.

The library is open every day besides holidays. It's  hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The library has an abundance of useful information to offer students at literally no extra cost.

There are subject librarians that can assist students on a broad variety of subjects. Students can schedule one-on-one meetings with a subject librarian to ask them questions about how to find references for assignments and how to better develop strategies to find useful information for classes that are major-specific. The subject-specific librarians can be contacted via e-mail or phone. Their contact information can be found at the library website under "Contact Us." The subject librarians also provide some class guides for current and previous classes to help with providing references for the class assignments.

The library actually has their own website, so students who are interested in accessing and using the website can find it on the main UWT website on the top taskbar. Those students who have trouble navigating the website on their own can always find assistance at the library reference desk. Librarians can even be contacted through an online chat, which can be found under the "Contact Us" link.

Another great thing about the library is the variety of books that students have access to on and off campus. The library has books that were generously donated, as well as books that students can receive from UW's other campuses, the summit libraries, the WorldCat catalog, and the interlibrary loan system. Some of these terms may be unfamiliar to some students, but it reallyhelps when a book can't be found on campus.

 So how does this all work? Well, UWT students all have a library account that can be easily found on the library website which says: "Your Library Account." This allows students to look through the school's entire collection of books, plus access WorldCat, which is the largest global library catalog. WorldCat makes it possible to get books shipped, within a few days to a few weeks, straight to the UWT library. If a student can't find a book here on campus, they can usually find it through their online account.

There are also online articles, electronic journals, peer-reviewed essays, newspapers, documents, and other online texts. All that you need to do is look under "Resources" on the library website and click the link. It conveniently categorizes subjects to specifically search for a certain topic. One important thing is to remember to make sure the lock symbol on the top right corner says "on-campus" and not "off campus." All students have to do is log on to their "MyUW" account. They also allow students to checkout DVDs, CDs, headphones, and laptops.

The library has study areas, computers, printers, and a refill station to put money on your Husky card. The library also has study rooms which must be reserved online. A quarterly event also occurs at the library: Exam Cram. They extend the library hours for students, it happens towards the end of the quarter. The Exam Cram is hosted by ASUWT, and gives students an opportunity to receive help through the TLC and other resources at the library, and they offer energy drinks for a little pick-me-up. This quarter's exam cram is going to be held on March 6-7 from 10 p.m. - Midnight both days.  There is more to the library than just books. Students should take advantage of the library and all of the resources that they offer to help students succeed at UWT.

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