Updated Library Website


We’re excited to announce that the new Helmke Library website is now available. Our updated website features a user-friendly interface with a cleaner design and clear navigation to put the resources and information you need most front and center:

  • Large search box with tabs for Library Search, Catalog and E-Journal searches and links to popular databases
  • Navigation bar with services and information links and daily hours featured at the top right of every page
  • Clickable image tiles to featured resources and events.
  • Information about library services and policies in a comprehensive “About” page
  • Easy access to digital collections and topic guides

The library’s main URL has not changed, but some of our other webpages have had URL changes. If you have a saved direct link to a library topic or course guide, you may need to update the URL.  In most cases, this is a very simple change: to update, delete “guides.” from the beginning of the old URL. The rest of the URL will remain the same. Please update any saved or bookmarked links.

Going forward, we will be collecting feedback about the site. If you would like to be contacted about future opportunities to provide your feedback, please provide your contact information here: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GDHABnUhWr5AHz.

Library Website Down August 6

On Tuesday, August 6, the library website will be unavailable due to a server migration.  Most library databases and services will be available that day, although you will need to either use the links below or contact the library for access.

Adjusted Hours and Access January 20–21


The library will be closed all day on Monday, January 21, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Additionally, please be aware that due to scheduled campus-wide network maintenance on Sunday, January 20, there will be no off-campus access to the library catalog, databases, group study room bookings and other online resources from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Off-campus access should resume as normal after 4:00 p.m.

The Writing Center Has Moved


The Writing Center has a new location!

Over the winter break, the Writing Center moved to the first floor of the library into a designated space where we can meet with students one-on-one. Students can now see the Writing Center receptionist on duty at the library service desk to ask questions, schedule or reschedule an appointment, log in for their appointment, or find out if a consultant is available for a walk-in appointment.

We also have our Speech and Presentation Service, where students can practice their speeches, receive assistance and recommendations for using visual aids, and receive feedback on individual and group speeches and presentations. For questions about the service or to schedule or log in for appointments, students can see the Writing Center receptionist on the first floor. Appointments will continue to take place in room 418, on the fourth floor of the library.

We also continue to have help available via our online service at www.pfw.edu/writing. Coming soon this semester is an instant messaging option for students to “Ask A Consultant” during our hours of operation, allowing them to IM or text a consultant to receive quick answers to their composition questions.

Our spring 2019 hours of operation are:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: noon – 4:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you!

Service desk closed January 11

On Friday, January 11, the library’s service desk will be closed to allow staff and students to attend the campus-wide strategic planning day taking place in the International Ballroom in Walb. The building will remain open, and a self-checkout machine is operational on the second floor to check out materials.

We encourage every person to participate in the planning session and let their voice be heard as we look to Purdue Fort Wayne’s future.

Re-cap of Rhetoric and Hate: What the Holocaust Should Have Taught Us


Over 70 people turned out last Thursday night for the panel discussion Rhetoric and Hate: What the Holocaust Should Have Taught Us, which was co-sponsored by the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Helmke Library.  The panel, consisting of Mike Wolf, Ann Livschiz, Ben Eisbart, and Wendy Soltz, discussed the legacy and historical context of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass”, and how this helps us understand and respond to recent anti-Semitic attacks.

A big thank-you goes out to the panelists and everyone who attended.

If you missed the event, a video of the panel (starting about 15 minutes into the discussion) is available here: https://youtu.be/dirsYniu1b4


Higher Gaming’s Game-O-Ween

The Higher Gaming program hosted its first event, Game-O-Ween, on Wednesday evening. The Higher Gaming program focuses on both the educational value and stress relief that board games, role playing games, and video games can provide to the students of Purdue Fort Wayne.

Game-O-Ween, the first event in the Higher Gaming pilot program, was mostly focused on board and card games, as these are the most approachable. Students had the option of choosing a game to check out and take home, playing a game in the library, or even joining a guided game of Werewolf, with Jacob Slone, co-founder of the Higher Gaming program. The participation was higher than expected for a first event, which demonstrates students’ interest in the opportunity to play games in the library.

Future events will follow in the Spring semester, so make sure to check back for more information as it develops. We are hoping to create future partnerships across campus as well, so if you know a way to help make this happen, please feel free to contact Bonnie Hauser (millbr02@pfw.edu) or Jacob Slone at Helmke Library for more information.


You are invited to a digital humanities and scholarship event at Helmke Library on October 5

The day will include brief presentations, panel discussions, and workshops covering topics including: metadata, social networking, data visualization, digital collections, digital project management, animation, incorporating digital projects in classes and challenges of assessing digital scholarship. A presentation of note is on the Saint Giorgio’s Castle project. Associate Professor Andres Montenegro and Professor Audrey Ushenko are recreating Saint Giorgio’s Castle frescos in the lower level of Helmke and adding “trigger spots” that interact with mixed reality devices to show augmentation.

The event is FREE and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is online at: http://midwest2018.thatcamp.org/register/

Questions? Contact Erika Mann at manne@pfw.edu.


Join Us for an Open House

Open House invitation blog

Monday, August 13: 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m.

Tuesday, August 14: 8:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 15: 8:00a.m, noon

Thursday, August 16: 8:00a.m, noon, 2:00p.m.

Friday, August 17: 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., noon


Monday, August 20: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Tuesday, August 21: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 22: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Thursday, August 23: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.


For more information, visit our website at library.pfw.edu.