Library Spaces During 2014 Finals


We have prepared the library for Finals Week!  Starting April 25th we have extended library hours (click here for details) through Sunday May 11th, including our ever popular free cookies and coffee which are available after 10pm to our fabulous Willamette students.

Starting next Wednesday, the Hatfield Room will be temporarily designated as a quiet study space during finals week. This compliments the quiet second floor of the library rule. There are two large whiteboards if you need large writing areas to help you think (two more white boards are located downstairs for group study). We also bring in large tables to spread out your work, and some soft chairs for relaxing.
We have a popular reading collection available downstairs in case you need to break loose from the academic rigor of finals and just enjoy a fun, non-academic book. We will also have a coloring station to let that creativity flow!

Some other things: We have a recording room which might be handy to those who need to practice a presentation or make a recording for a language class.  We have two printers on the second floor, two on the first floor, and one printer in the Fish Bowl in case one of the printers goes down.  We have soft seating scattered around the library for relaxation, and hard wood-backed chairs if you prefer a more solid chair.  And below is a map of the power outlet to keep your laptops and cell phones humming!

We wish you the best throughout your finals!

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Take a Book, Leave a Book

take-a-bookIntroducing the new Book Swap bookcase located in the Hatfield Library’s Fish Bowl (24 hour study).  The idea is simple: If you see a book you like, take it… just consider leaving a book in exchange. 

The initiative for this program came from the Hatfield Library’s Reading Group, which has a goal to encourage life long reading habits.  One idea the group had been considering was to create a book exchange area somewhere in the library for books (or dvds, magazines, etc.) that had been donated to the library, but we already owned or didn’t fit with our collection guidelines.  One of the librarians noticed that an “ancient” wooden book cart was on its way to the campus surplus.  The library staff really wanted to reuse the book cart in some fashion, so the thought of reusing it for a Book Swap bookcase occurred to a librarian who had seen a similar arrangement at another university.


The wooden cart most likely came from the original Willamette Library that was housed in Smullin Hall. Someone from Willamette’s facilities department back in the 1950s or 60s most likely built it.

Over the winter break the wheels were removed, a wood base added, and a fresh coat of paint and customized graphic were given to the former cart.  And voilà!  We now have a creative “new” way to share books.  It is kind of neat to incorporate and reuse such an interesting bit of Willamette’s history.


The concept for “take a book, leave a book” is not new. Various renditions of this sharing system have existed for many years and occurs nationally.  Salem, for example, has a few similar public “Little Free Library” stations scattered about the city. Willamette University had a similar system several years ago that essentially functioned out of a wicker basket in the Dean’s Office.  The new bookcase in the Fish Bowl makes this much more accessible to students, faculty, staff, and others connected to Willamette.

We encourage our Willamette community to participate in our Take a Book, Leave a Book program.  For comments and questions, please contact Joni Roberts, Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collection Development,





Library Study Spaces: The Fish Bowl

The library has some commonly overlooked study areas.  One such area is our 24-Hour Study, nick-named the “Fish Bowl” because if it’s curved window shape.

Several small tables are available for small group study, along with a comfortable arm chair, small sofa, and coffee table.  The perimeter of the Fish Bowl has outlets for your mobile devices, and we have to campus computers that have Internet access.

If you need a quick snack or something to drink, we have vending machines available with food and beverages as well as a drinking fountain.  Restrooms are also located close by.  So if you need a place to study away from your noisy roommate or dorm floor, think about using our 24-Hour Study Fish Bowl!

Watch Your Belongings

A word to the wise…

This time of semester your guard is down, you’re concentrating on finishing before looming deadlines. You walk away from your belongings to get a printout, visit the restroom, chat with friends, whatever. When you come back, your stuff is missing.

There was a backpack stolen from Goudy recently, and Campus Safety is concerned that the library may be another target since such items have been stolen from our building in the past.

This is just a reminder to keep an eye on your belongings, and to be extra aware of suspicious individuals.  If you suspect anything, please let a library staff member know.  We will call Campus Safety.  So please don’t leave your belongings unwatched, EVER!

Tips for Smart Printing #5


Tip for Smart Printing: Tip #5

Actually this isn’t a printing tip, but it is very enlightening!  Below are two charts which show printing habits at the Hatfield Library by the Willamette Community. These charts capture the printing habits of the Willamette community as an average week and as an entire semester (Fall 2011). Click here for a PDF version of this post.

During an average week, most printing is done Monday though Thursday with a larger usage spike on Tuesdays. Sunday is the most popular weekend day to print and is fairly steady throughout the day. Most days show a strong preference to print in the morning. If you needed to print something, especially large documents, the best days to do it are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Afternoons and evenings are also better times to print than mornings.

During the semester, there is a HUGE printing spike during the first week of the semester and mid-semester (note: the second graph includes the week before classes begin). It also shows that the first week of class and the week prior have the most single-sided printing of the semester. Except for the week of Thanksgiving (the gap below), printing is fairly consistent weekly.

Click here for all past printing tip posts. If you have a tip for us, email John Repplinger at