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The library provides information literacy instruction to classes or individuals seeking to learn about research methods and resources. Email our Reference & Instruction Librarian, Shaleigh Westphall ( to set up an instruction session with her and/or other library staff.

Instruction can take place in the classroom, in the library, or over Zoom. Instruction requests should be emailed at least a week before the day of instruction. Topics covered by the instruction librarian are:

  • Library orientation: how things are organized, introduction to the collection and space, navigating the catalog, databases, and other digital resources
  • Topic-specific research: how to find and use resources (in the library and out) specific to an assignment, idea, or avenue of research
  • Copyright and fair use: how to locate and use images for various purposes, building an understanding of copyright and fair use in art & design practice and education
  • Information literacy: Understanding our systems, sources, uses, ethics, and power of information, modes and construction of authority, and how to evaluate information.
  • Creative research: how to understand, define, and articulate one's own practices and sources of creative research as they relate to art and design practice.

If you have a subject that is not covered above, please contact Shaleigh Westphall to make arrangements.


Reserve Shelves

Faculty are welcome to create a required readings reserve shelf for any course. Bring library books, DVDs, or other materials, to the library staff and we will create a reserve shelf for you behind the circulation desk. To use library materials for reserves, please check the library catalog to see if we own the item, then email a list to and we will build a shelf for your class. If the library does not own an item that you would like to place on reserve, fill out the online request form. Reserves can be set to check out for 4 hours, 1 day or 7 days.

Contact the library staff for any questions or concerns (

Willamette University

Willamette University Libraries

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street.
Salem Oregon 97301
Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
511 NW Broadway.
Portland Oregon 97209