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July 11 - July 25, 2021
Summer is off to a great start!
We are entering the second week of the OLLI summer session
Canvas (Northwestern’s Learning Management Platform) is the way to access your virtual classroom.

  • Log in using your NetID and NetID password. This may be different from what you use to log into the OLLI online registration system.
  • Usernames and passwords are case-sensitive; make sure your caps lock is not on.
  • Re-type your password each time you log in, as your computer may pre-fill with an incorrect password.

Student Canvas Site Resources
Click Here to check out the Student Canvas site where you will find many helpful resources including:

Submit a ticket to the OLLI Help Desk OR email, but please DO NOT do both, as this causes confusion and extra processing.

*Please DO NOT contact Northwestern's IT department. They are not familiar with our program or membership. In addition, you will likely receive longer wait times as they are supporting all Northwestern students.
Your Role in OLLI’s Peer-Led Experience

  • Prepare: Carefully and purposefully read assigned material and discussion questions in advance. Consider ideas, arguments, or views presented in the selection. Highlight, make notes, and identify questions you want to explore.
  • Participate: Enter the conversation, sharing your ideas succinctly and with focus. Listen actively and respectfully to the ideas and opinions of others. 
  • Volunteer to be a Discussion Leader: Discussion leaders are needed every week for the peer-led experience to be a success. Coordinators look to study group members to play this important, fun, and rewarding role. Whenever possible, volunteer to be a discussion leader, alone or with a partner. 
A Taste of OLLI
Do you have a friend who would like to learn more about OLLI?

Wednesday, August 4, 10am–11:30am
Location: Online meeting via Zoom

The “A Taste of OLLI” information session is for non-members to learn about the peer-led structure of OLLI, how our study groups work, and events we have throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming part of our vibrant community of lifelong learners, register for our free information session today!

This Fall Term
Northwestern OLLI will be back on campus this fall.
Given the vastly improved local health landscape and the significant progress we have made in planning a return to campus, OLLI will return to in-person experiences this fall.

Enjoy both on campus and virtual experiences.
Because we have discovered so many unexpected benefits of virtual learning during this last year, we will continue to offer some virtual experiences in addition to our in-person experiences.

Coming back better than ever.
In addition to the outstanding peer-led learning, programming, and community you previously enjoyed, OLLI will be better than ever by offering more choice, convenience, and community.

Click Here for the Full Announcement about OLLI's Return to Campus.
Notification of Passing

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of past OLLI member Phil Alexander. Phil became an OLLI member in 1997 and was a respected friend of his poetry classmates. Phil will be greatly missed by his family and all of his friends at OLLI. For more information - Click Here.
Northwestern Main Library is Open
Library stacks are now open, and OLLI members can access the Main Library building in Evanston. Opening the stacks means that the Hathi Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which provided digital access to about 80% of our print books, has ceased since the physical books are available once again.

Schaffner Library on the Chicago campus remains closed through summer.

Entering Main Library: We recommend that you bring your Wildcard to save time when checking in at the Welcome Desk. If you do not have a Wildcard you will need to show a photo ID, such as your driver's license, state Identification card, or passport.

Those who are not fully vaccinated need to bring a mask and wear it while in the Library. The University is no longer requiring patrons to show their Symptom Tracker status. Reservations are not required to enter the library. The Circulation Desk will be open to check out books and accept returns but most of the other service desks will be closed for summer.

Building Hours menu is at top of library homepage screen or call for info at (847) 491-7658.
Main Library Hours for the summer, beginning June 21: Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 8:00pm; Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm to 8:00pm.
July 4 Holiday: NU Libraries will be completely closed beginning Thursday, July 1, through Monday, July 5. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 6 at 8:00am.

Until further notice, NU library staff will continue to ship books to patrons who are not able to come to the library in person.

  • Go to the Library Website
  • Click the Request function for a particular item
  • Click Pickup Location menu and select Personal Delivery, Home.
  • Enter your street address and zip code in the Notes field.
  • Click Send Request.

If you need help finding resources for your study group, or have questions about other library-related matters, email Tracy Coyne at

Additional information: Click Here
OLLI Staff Hours
The OLLI staff continue to work remotely in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. While remote, we are still working hard to support you and the program. We are available Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm by email ( which we check regularly.
Northwestern's Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
To access Northwestern's Coronavirus (COVID-19) website which includes regularly updated messages, advisories, and information — Click Here
National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (NRC)
The mission of the National Resource Center is to help OLLIs thrive by connecting OLLIs to each other and to resources, collaborating with OLLIs and partner organizations, consulting with OLLI leaders to find solutions, and celebrating the camaraderie and growth of OLLIs and their members. Members can subscribe to their monthly newsletter to find out what is happening at OLLIs across the country.

To access the NRC website — Click Here