MABEL, which stands for Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library, is a central repository for the discovery, sharing and preservation of Western's digital assets. These assets include images, video and sound recordings, and textual documents from several different organizations throughout Western. The result of an intensive cross-campus partnership involving content creators, stewards and stakeholders, MABEL provides the Western Community access to digital content that contributes to the creative, research, teaching, and learning activities at Western Washington University.


MABEL currently is the implementation phase. However, we invite you to get involved!

  • If you are affiliated with Western and wish to contribute content to MABEL, please check back soon. The MABEL Team is currently hard at work on our Ambassador Program.
  • If you are interested in participating user experience activities, please contact Western Libraries' Usability Team.

Did you know? The name MABEL is in part an homage to Mabel Zoe Wilson, Western's first full-time librarian. Miss Wilson served as librarian from 1902-1945, and was a strong advocate for the collections and the mission. Western's library building (now the Wilson wing of the main library) was renamed for Mabel Zoe Wilson on April 15, 1964.