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Penrose Library

Remote Access to Resources & Services: Home

As we deal with the on-going coronavirus spread, Penrose Library is here to maintain access to library resources for those that stay on campus and those off-campus

Chat reference

Librarians will be available from 9-9 every day for help with any reference questions you may have. Please be patient as we may have a higher volume of patrons using our services remotely. If the chat does not appear or work, please don't hesitate to email, or use our contact form.

Coronavirus Information to Stay Informed

Many academic publishers have made any coronavirus articles freely available. Here are some resources to learn more about COVID-19 coronavirus from government and academic sources.

How to spot (and stop!) coronavirus misinformation

Change in Operations

We will make every effort to ensure that students and faculty have access to the information resources they need to complete coursework, finish research, and continue their academic lives.  Our digital collections will be available for use, and reference librarians will be available online to answer questions and provide research guidance. We will be able to receive digital ILL materials. Please check our home page for updated information.

Library Hours: The library is closed until further announcement.

Archives: The archives is closed until further announcement.

Contact Us
  • Chat from 9-9, every day in the box on the left
  • Email us or send in a question
  • Call us at 1-833-PENROSE to leave a voicemail that the person managing chat will receive.
Returning Materials

We are extending due dates for library materials.  If you have materials currently checked-out, you should receive a notice with the new dates or they can be found in your library account (accessible via the library’s home page). Please return items to the outside book drop when you are finished with them.  Conversely, we'll be providing information soon about returning materials if you are not on campus.

Library Resources Available to You


With the library closed, there are many ways the Library can provide you with expert help and services.

Remote help

Need to fix your thesis citations? Need to access a print resource in Penrose remotely? Ask us! We can be contacted via email or chat. Chat is monitored by reference librarians from 9-9, 7 days a week. You can start a chat conversation from the link on the library’s home page or the box on the left on this page.

Online Materials and Tools

Remotely, you can still access all of our digital resources, including e-books. For physical materials on our shelves, including reserves, it is likely we can get you a digital version or make scans of a selection of pages from the resource. Feel free to chat or email us and we will work with you to find other means of access.

  • Sherlock Search: Use the filters on the left hand side of the screen to focus on e-books, streaming audio or video, and other online resources.
  • Articles & Research Databases: We have hundreds of databases that provide access to digital articles, video, and more!
    • Subject guides can help you find resources specific to your major/discipline.
    • Off-Campus Access: If you are not on campus, make sure you are logged in with your Whitman ID so that you can access materials. If you have any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Interlibrary loan: To the best of our ability, we will be maintaining interlibrary loan for digital materials (article and book chapter scans), though it may take longer depending on our own staffing as well as the availability of staffing at other libraries to provide materials.
  • Textbook access, including some reserves (managed by Whitman Bookstore): access provided through VitalSource and RedShelf to e-books to all Whitman students through May 25th. Students may access at and Further information, including answers to frequently asked questions for students and publishers can be found here. Contact the bookstore with any questions.

Guide to using the library

Special Access to Digital Materials

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