Hay Library

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Fostering an environment that promotes educational success, Hay Library offers dynamic and manifold resources to help students achieve their goals. As a full partner in the teaching/learning process of the college community, we endeavor to provide our diverse population with information services in a welcoming space that promotes academic excellence and fosters lifelong learning.

Hay Library subscribes to the principles outlined in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights. It is the responsibility of the librarians and all faculty selecting materials to ensure that diverse points of view are represented in the collection and that materials are not proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. For more information on Hay Library collection development, review the policy.

The Hay Library develops and maintains materials for the use of students, faculty and staff, and community members. The library collections include about 45,000 books, approximately 100 periodical subscriptions, and over 2,500 audio visual items. Hay Library also subscribes to various online databases and eResources including a collection of over 50,000 ebooks. WYLDCAT (Wyoming Library Database) is the online, statewide, library materials catalog. WYLDCAT provides access to more than a million titles in over 80 Wyoming libraries. Library users can locate and reserve books, renew items and place interlibrary loan requests with a simple click.

Anyone with a library card issued in Wyoming can check out materials from the Hay Library. The loan period for students and community members is 4 weeks for most items. The loan period for faculty and staff is one semester, or 16 weeks. Access to Hay Library databases and eResources is only available to Western students, faculty, and staff. To access online library collections and databases log into MyWestern, and click on the library icon. All Wyoming residents have access to databases and eResources through their local public library, or through the Wyoming State Library

The library is open for use to everyone although use by Western students is given top priority. A total of 12 private study rooms are available and may be reserved upon request. Some of the study rooms are equipped with computer screens or TVs, DVD players, and VCRs. Two of the study rooms are large enough for a group of approximately 6 people. The ‘Library Instruction Area’, a large space with tables, chairs, and large display screen, may also be reserved. Wifi is available throughout the library.