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FYS Intro to the Library

Hello students! Penrose Library would like to welcome you and offer this short introduction to our staff and services.

We intend for this virtual tour to not take more than a half hour of your time. Please don't hesitate to chat with us in the box on the left of this page or contact us if you have any questions.

Using the Library

Materials we have: 

Books and DVDs from Penrose Library: circulate for 12 weeks and can be renewed for 6 weeks

Books from other libraries (Summit): circulate for 12 weeks and can be renewed for 6 weeks

Journals, Magazines, Newspapers: Library-use only, digital versions often available 

Course Reserve Materials: Usually check out for 3 hours of in-library use only. 

Study room keys: 3 hour check out with 1 renewal

Helpful Links:

FAQ: See if your question is already answered or submit a new one!

Library Account: See what you have checked out, fines, and the status of requests.

Meet the Librarians!

We have drop-in hours in the library on weekdays from 9-12 and 1-5, or you can make an appointment with one of us. You can also contact us by chat during our drop-in hours, or send us an email.

Using our website


Helpful links:

Library classes


Library 100: Information Literacy. Students learn about library resources and research techniques. Thursdays 2:30-3:20, taught by Julie Carter, 1 credit, graded credit/no credit.

Library 150: Research in Archives and Special Collections. Students learn to use archival sources in their research, interrogate the role of archives in collecting and preserving information, and explore the holdings of Whitman College and Northwest Archives.Tuesdays 2:30-3:20, taught by Emily Pearson, 1 credit, graded credit/no credit.


Library 120: Information and Society. Seminar class looking at ethical and social issues in libraries around privacy, preservation, and access. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:20, taught by Amy Blau, 2 credits, graded credit/no credit.

Library 160: Through hands-on work in the Whitman College and Northwest Archives, this course will explore the ethical, legal, and technological challenges of creating-a digital or material archival collection that documents the history and politics of underrepresented voices both at Whitman College and in the Walla Walla Valley. Time TBA, taught by River Freemont, 1 credit, graded credit/no credit.

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