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 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:


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 ( 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:

Questions? Contact Erika Mann at


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

New and Trial Resources for June 2018

The library has added subscriptions to several new databases! We invite you to use and share these resources in your classes and with other members of the Purdue Fort Wayne community.


Jove: Behavior and Jove: Psychology

These databases collect peer-reviewed videos that provide high-quality video demonstrations to help individuals teach and learn key concepts in psychology and behavioral sciences.




This business database provides in-depth, up-to-date information about industries in the United States. Each report includes key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, and more. Risk reports assess the future operating conditions for each industry.



This site includes a variety of training videos for mental health professionals, including clinical demonstrations, live sessions, nonverbal observation, and in-depth commentaries.


vault-logo-102The library is offering trial access to Vault Career Guides, a robust resource that provides company, career, education, and internship insights for students and job-seekers. Access to this trial is available until June 23, 2018. Tell us what you think of this resource by contacting your librarian or emailing

Library Catalog Transition

Helmke Library is moving closer to the launch of our new library catalog and search system! Here are a few things to know:

  • IUCAT and Express Search will be available until the end of Summer I (June 23). Our new, enhanced Library Search will be the best way to access our collections starting in Summer II.
  • During the transition of our systems, access to individual library account information will not be available online. Beginning Thursday, May 24, please call the Helmke Library Service Desk at 260-481-6505 or email with any questions about your loans, due dates, or fines.

As always, your Helmke Library librarians and staff are ready to help you access information and resources throughout the summer! Contact us online, be in touch with your librarian, or visit us in person Monday-Thursday from 8 AM until 7 PM or Fridays from 8 AM until 5 PM.