WSU Library System News

News & Updates in the Libraries

The ultimate LibGuide for cat videos

September 3rd, 2015

The exceptional librarians at the Fondren Library at Rice University have created the Cat Videos on the Web LibGuide. Of course, this is a key resource for cat scholars, but everyone benefits from bringing together the top sources of cat videos and cat video film festivals.

If you need to add some lighthearted fun to your day, check out the Cat Videos on the Web LibGuide.

Library System Used Book Sale, Wednesday September 16 outside of UGL

September 1st, 2015

Find anything from textbooks to fiction at the annual Library System used book sale. Thousands of books to choose from, all at prices even a college student can afford: $1.50 for hardcover and 50 cents for paperback. This year, we will also be offering a special selection of valuable books at $10 each. We’ll see you on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., outside of UGL.

New updates in the UGL for the new semester

August 31st, 2015

After being closed all summer, the 3rd floor of the UGL is now open. With new carpet and updated electrical throughout, the floor is updated and ready for use for the new school year!

Welcome to the Libraries! Click here for a quick snapshot of our libraries, resources and services!

August 31st, 2015

Welcome to the Libraries! If you’re new to the libraries or just need a quick refresher, check out this flyer that briefly highlights our libraries, resources and services.


An afternoon with Reuther Library founding director Philip. P. Mason, August 27

August 3rd, 2015

Join the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs to celebrate the achievements of Professor Emeritus Dr. Philip P. Mason and commemorate the Reuther Library’s 40th anniversary.

Dr. Philip P. Mason and colleagues Kathleen Roe, Warner Pflug and Dr. Frank Boles will offer remarks. The Reuther Library will also unveil a portrait of Dr. Mason to be hung on permanent display.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Walter P. Reuther Library located at 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit. Parking will be available in Structure 1 for $7, credit card only. Structure 1 is located at 450 W. Palmer (across from the Law School).

The event is free but guests are encouraged to RSVP.

If you are unable to attend but would like to share tributes and memories you may do so by visiting

Need research help but you aren’t in the library? No problem! Ask a Librarian!

August 1st, 2015

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SLIS Assistant Professor Deborah Charbonneau selected for ASIS&T New Leader Award

July 16th, 2015

SLIS Assistant Professor Deborah Charbonneau was recently selected by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) to receive one of the 2015 New Leaders Awards. A competitive selection process, the New Leaders Award was designed to recruit, engage and retain new members and to identify potential for new leadership in the ASIS&T.

Charbonneau will accept the award at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in the fall. The award includes a formal mentoring assignment within the society and free ASIS&T conference registration for two years.

Explore Detroit’s Eastern Market with a new tour on HistoryPin

July 15th, 2015

The Reuther Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new tour on HistoryPin: “Detroit’s Eastern Market

Since 1891, Detroit’s historic Eastern Market has been the go-to destination for fresh produce, meats, and supplies of local businesses and residents. The market spans 43 acres of land on Detroit’s east side and is presently the largest public market district in the United States. It is home to over 150 specialty businesses, a thriving wholesale food industry and is a hub in the local artisan community. An average of 30,000-40,000 visitors attend the Saturday market during the high months.

Eastern Market was established in its current location after the city decided to move the Central Market out of Cadillac Square. The six-block public market originally consisted of Sheds 1 & 2, and additional sheds were added in 1922, 1929, and 1981. Through the years, development projects, such as the Fisher Freeway (I-75) connector, changed the face and flow of the market, yet it remains a thriving and vital component of city life.

The tour offers a unique glimpse into the everyday activities of the market between 1910-1981. The images used in the tour were scanned directly from original negatives found within the Detroit News Collection. For more images of the area surrounding Eastern Market, including Lafayette Park, please visit our digital project, the Virtual Motor City.

3rd Floor of UGL to be Closed Through Summer

July 14th, 2015

To create a more pleasant study environment for our users, the Wayne State Libraries will be upgrading carpet and making improvements on the 3rd floor of the Undergraduate Library throughout the summer. During this time, the 3rd floor will be closed to the public until fall. For additional computers and quiet study space, please visit the Purdy/Kresge Library and check the Libraries’ website for updates on the construction. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

This project is part of the overall enhancement plan for the UGL, which began with the renovations on the first floor of the UGL last winter. Stay tuned for even more improvements as the year continues!

The top 10 most challenged books of 2014

July 8th, 2015