College of Arts and Sciences

Simpkins Tree

History, Facilities, and Accessibility

Our Facilities

Simpkins Hall, the fourth building constructed at WIU, is home to the Department of English.  Most Department of English classes and offices are in Simpkins Hall. Read about the History of Simpkins Hall. Is Simpkins Hall Haunted? Read stories here

A Writing Center for all students boasts itself in Simpkins Hall 326.

A student lounge & reading room is located in Simpkins Hall 025.

A dedicated lactation room is located in Simpkins Hall 025B. For more information view the Compliance with Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act. Request for Lactation Room Access form (pdf).

Simpkins Hall Theater is located on the second floor and hosts many plays and performances.

A filtered Hydration Station is located on Simpkins Hall ground floor! Other campus Hydration Stations.

Simpkins Hall Vending Machines include Pepsi Products (soda) & M&M Snack Machine (chips, candy, cookies, breakfast items) on ground floor, Hot Products (gourmet coffee, hot chocolate, tea, soup) on 1st floor, Juice Products (water, vitamin water, juice, Gatorade, lemonade, tea, energy drink) on 2nd floor, and Pepsi Products (Pepsi flavors, Mountain Dew flavors, Orange Crush, Root Beer, Lemon Lime) on 3rd floor. See more Vending Service Info.

Restrooms are located on each floor separated by women's (including a private stall) on one side and men's on the other side. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors also have a separate gender neutral bathroom in the far corner by the men's restrooms.

No Computing Resource Centers are located in Simpkins Hall. The closest ones are Corbin/Olson 110 and Memorial 046. Find campus computer labs.

Lost and Found for our building is located in Simpkins Hall 129. If your item is not here check OPS (Office of Public Safety), the bus system Go West Transit, or other buildings' lost and found office.

Poster boards are located on each floor to advertise any events and information. Please get approval from Simpkins 124 before posting on our dedicated boards. See poster distribution list for each building. Follow protocol.

Find Us

WIU provides directions and maps which show the location of Macomb and describe the best ways to get here. Simpkins Hall is located in the southwest corner of campus, adjacent to Sherman Hall, and immediately north of Lake Ruth.

Pick up visitor parking permits and campus maps at Mowbray Hall, across from the University Union on Murray Street

Web Help

Web accessibility is a top priority for the Department of English. We want to make this site accessible to everyone. To that end, we ask you to report accessibility problems or suggest improvements. Please contact the Department of English by phone (309/298-1103), email ( or by postal mail: Department of English, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. If we can’t solve your problem, we’ll provide site content in a format you can use.

Web Standards

We have designed this site with the hopes of meeting the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) guidelines. Because these standards are based on Section 508 and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), we believe our site will meet or exceed those guidelines.

University  Accessibility Information

University Accessibility Information