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    Virtual Activities

    With the mandatory stay at home order in effect, here are some free activities you can check out from the comfort of your own home, including music performances, virtual museum and gallery tours, and streaming documentaries.

    This is a living document and will be updated as we find more resources.

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    New Video Databases Available

    With the move to online courses this spring, we have many newly acquired and trial databases available for personal or academic pursuits, including Academic Video Online (both Alexander Street Press and ProQuest platforms). Both of these databases provide access to tens of thousands of videos across multiple disciplines as well as award-winning films and content from PBS, BBC, 60 Minutes, National Geographic, and more.

    For the complete list of all our new and trial databases, visit our Databases page and look at the bottom right-hand side column. Please note: Our database subscriptions are only available to current CWU students, faculty, and staff. Log-in with your CWU credentials to access from off-campus.

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    The Seattle Times

    Want to stay on top of current events in our area? Be sure to check out our subscription to The Seattle Times for the latest in local, regional, and national news. You can also read back issues all the way back to 1985. 

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    HathiTrust Offers Millions of eResources

    The HathiTrust (pronounced 'hah-tee') houses a collection of over 15 million volumes of searchable books, journals, and government documents, including 5.8 million available as full text online.

    HathiTrust is a partnership of over 100 libraries and research institutions that have come together to build and share a digital repository of print works.  Begun in 2008, the goal of the partnership is to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world available in the public domain through a digital library. The HathiTrust has pursued this goal chiefly by digitizing materials like books and journals from major library collections and other partners, such as Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft. Central Washington University joined in 2020.

    For more information, visit our HathiTrust guide, which offers information about how to log-in and how to check out ebooks. 

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    Laptops Available for Checkout

    In response to CWU’s adjustments to face-to-face class sessions and with the closure of the library, we have a limited collection of laptops available for students to check out for the Spring Quarter. These laptops are on a first come, first served basis, and are available at the Brooks Library Circulation Desk.

    Because the library is closed, we ask that students in need of a laptop make an appointment by emailing Be sure to include your name and phone number. Please note: These pick-up appointments will start April 8, 2020.

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    Accessing Your Library Account

    Need help logging in to your library account? Check out our simple tutorial here:

    You'll need to log-in to your library account in order to access all of our digital resources from off-campus, including ebooks, journal articles, and more. Questions? Visit for ways to contact us.  

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