Penrose Library | Whitman College

Faculty Services

by Danielle Hirano  Oct 16 15

Library Instruction

As detailed in the Penrose Library Mission and Guiding Principles, the Instructional and Research Services department guides students through the research process, helping them develop critical thinking skills to conduct research, synthesize information, and communicate the results of intellectual inquiry.

Scheduling an Instructional Session

You may request an instructional session for your class. We work with students to help them develop search strategies, find and evaluate resources, and use resources effectively in coursework. And we will work with you to tailor our instruction to meet your specific course needs. Our program of instruction is developed in collaboration with classroom faculty to build general information literacy skills and is designed to fit into the framework of your course.

Instruction provides students with

  • information tailored to course projects and assignments
  • exposure to discipline-specific research tools
  • hands-on experience with relevant print and electronic resources
  • experience with research strategies and information literacy skills

Instruction includes presentations and hands-on active learning components, as well as class discussion. You may schedule an instruction session in the Center for Teaching and Learning, college classrooms or college computer labs. Please contact Lee Keene (509-527-5917), Head of Instructional and Research Services, to schedule your session.

Library Liaisons

Departmental liaisons are available to share information about library resources and services and discuss course-related library instruction. Current liaisons assignments are as follows.

Division I

Anthropology — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917

Economics — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909

History — Melissa Salrin — 509-527-4731

Politics — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917

Psychology — Julie Carter — 509-527-5915

Sociology — Julie Carter — 509-527-5915

Division II

Art — Melissa Salrin — 509-527-4731

Art History & Visual Culture Studies — Melissa Salrin — 509-527-4731

Classics — Ben Murphy — 509-527-5918

English — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917

Foreign Languages — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905

Music — Ben Murphy — 509-527-5918

Philosophy — Ben Murphy — 509-527-5918

Religion — Ben Murphy — 509-527-5918

Rhetoric — Ben Murphy — 509-527-5918

Spanish — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905

Theatre — Ben Murphy — 509-527-5918

Division III

Astronomy — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909

Biology — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909

Chemistry — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905

Geology — Julie Carter — 509-527-5915

Math & Computer Science — Kun Lin — 509-527-5916

Physics — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905

Interdisciplinary Programs

Asian Studies — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917

Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909

Encounters — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905

Environmental Studies — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917

Film & Media Studies — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909

Gender Studies — Dalia Corkrum — 509-527-5193

Global Studies — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917

Race & Ethnic Studies — Dalia Corkrum — 509-527-5193

Sports Studies, Recreation & Athletics — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917

Writing Center — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917

Course Reserves

The purpose of placing materials on reserve is to make common readings readily available to students for a short amount of time. Reserves also allow a faculty member to provide students with controlled access to items not in the Library’s own collection, such as personal copies. Faculty members may place items on either print reserve or electronic reserve (e-reserves).

How to place an item on reserve

Please complete a Reserve Request Form (PDF), listing all items you will be placing on reserve. You can choose to place items on reserve for the following loan periods:

  • 3 hours (library use only)
  • 24 hours (items can be taken out of the library)
  • 6 days

To guarantee that your materials are available for the beginning of the semester, submit them no later than two weeks before the first day of classes. Once the semester has begun, allow at least four days for processing.

Materials to be placed on e-reserve that are already in electronic format may be emailed to Jen Pope. Materials to be scanned, or put on reserve in their original format, should be accompanied by a Reserve Request Form, brought to the circulation desk and given to the Circulation Supervisor on duty.

What can be put on reserve?
  • Library books, videos, CDs, and DVDs
    Please gather together the library materials you would like on reserve for your courses. Reference books and periodicals do no circulate outside the library and are not normally placed on reserve.
  • Books not owned by the library
    The Library will attempt to purchase books needed for reserve use. You may request them by contacting the Acquisitions Department. Please be sure to indicate that the item is for reserve, and provide the course number.
  • Personal books, videos, CDs, and DVDs
    Personal copies may be placed on reserve if the Library does not own the item. Please mark these with your name. Note: Personal copies must be marked and barcoded for use with our circulation system. The Library cannot assume liability for materials that are worn, torn, mutilated, or stolen.
  • Photocopies
    Faculty are responsible for providing clean, single-sided, unstapled photocopies. Photocopies must be accompanied by a Reserve Request Form and a full bibliographic citation. The Library subscribes to a number of databases that allow durable links to journal and newspaper articles. The Library will link to materials through library databases when possible.
  • Required vs. Recommended Reading
    Space is limited on reserve shelves, so only those materials that are required reading, viewing, or listening for coursework are put on reserve. Items which are recommended but not required should not be placed on reserve.
  • Summit and ILL materials will not be placed on reserve–no exceptions!
  • Textbooks
    Textbooks will be placed on reserve only when the Bookstore has insufficient copies to meet demand and additional copies are on order.
  • Items may not remain on reserve indefinitely. All items are removed from reserve at the end of each term.
View a Reserve List

You can view or search for your reserve lists on the Course Reserves page. As soon as items are placed on reserve, they will be available for check-out. It may take up to 48 hours before they appear in Sherlock.

Reserves and Copyright

Note that putting copies of articles or chapters on reserve may violate U.S. copyright laws. In some cases, faculty members should request permission from the publisher, who is usually the copyright holder. Addresses of the publisher are usually listed in the front of the copyrighted material. If you need help determining copyright owner or publisher address, please ask a librarian.

Permission should usually be requested in the following situations:

  • The copyrighted material placed on Reserve is being used for more than one semester.
  • If you wish to put more than a brief amount of copyrighted material on reserve.

Questions? Please contact Jen Pope.

Honors Thesis FAQ for Faculty

All honors thesis students must deposit both print and digital copies of their thesis with Penrose Library. For faculty, key points include the following:

Where can I find thesis submission guidelines?

Complete guidelines on formatting and submission can be found here.

When is the deadline?

Both print and digital theses are due in the library no later than Reading Day of Spring Semester.

Where are thesises submitted?

Print copies are to be turned in to Penrose Library Administrative Assistant.

How do students submit digital copies?

Digital copies will be uploaded by students in PDF/A format for long-term storage and preservation by the library. Students may find instructions via the library website for formatting and submitting their thesises as PDF/A.

What do I need to sign?
  • Faculty advisors must sign the certificate of approval form for the print copies of the thesis.
  • In addition to submitting their PDF/A thesis, honors thesis students and faculty advisors must sign a Non-Exclusive Distribution License. On this form, students and faculty must indicate whether they would like the thesis to be accessible via the Internet and Interlibrary Loan to users unaffiliated with Whitman, or to restrict access to Whitman affiliated patrons (students, faculty and staff). This form also allows a hold (or embargo period) to be placed on access to the thesis if the author(s) or advisors plan to publish or seek a patent based on work in the thesis. Students will be responsible for bringing this form to faculty to sign, but it is a good idea to begin conversations about the level of access that will be assigned to the thesis.
Do student rentain their copyright?

Granting the College (and the Library) the right to provide electronic access to the thesis does not transfer copyright; the student author(s) retain the rights to their work.

How can students learn more?

The library will offering a workshop for students on these submission guidelines. Times and locations will be announced through the library website.

Who do I contact with questions?

Melissa Salrin, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian ([email protected] 509-526-4731)
Ben Murphy, Instructional and Research Librarian ([email protected] 509-527-5918)

Collection Development

Suggest a Purchase

Tell us if there’s something we should have in our collection. We have access to Choice Reviews Online to help you keep up with what’s being published in your field. Or sign up for GOBI Notifications and find out when new books in your field are published.

Library Collection Development Policy (PDF)

Collection Development Process (PDF)

How to sign-up GOBI notification:

The library’s primary book vendor is YBP (Yankee Book Peddler). As books are published, they are added to YBP’s online database, GOBI (Global Online Bibliographic Information). In some instances, books are sent automatically to the library “on approval” while others are designated for notification.

The GOBI system allows faculty the option of reviewing notification slips of recently published material. A profile detailing the faculty member’s specific areas of interest serves as the basis for this service. The alerts are generated by YBP every Saturday morning and appear in your email inbox.

Just click on the link embedded in the email to access the list of new titles. Then select the titles that you want to recommend for purchase. Once you have chosen all of the titles that you want to select, click Recommend to send the selections to the Collection Management librarian. Orders for the titles are generated and the material arrives at the library in a few weeks. If you are interested in establishing a profile for the GOBI Notification service, please contact Roger Stelk, Collection Management librarian, at [email protected], or by phone at 509-527-5909.

gobi notification

Data Management

What is a Data Management Plan?

Since 2011, researchers applying for NSF grants have been required to submit a supplementary Data Management Plan (DMP) of no more than two pages with their grant applications. The Data Management Plan outlines how data will be gathered, preserved, and shared, in accordance with NSF policies.

What is the NSF data sharing policy?

The National Science Foundation stipulates that “investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections, and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of the work under NSF grants.”

What should the Data Management Plan include?

The NSF lays out the requirements for the DMP in their Grant Proposal Guide. The DMP should include information explaining:

  1. The types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project.
  2. The standards to be used for data and metadata format and content.
  3. Policies for access and sharing, including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, and other rights or requirements.
  4. Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives.
  5. Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of and access to them.

Some Directorates, Offices, Divisions, and Programs have specific requirements beyond those outlined above. Please check the NSF website to find out whether your grant proposal will require additional components.

Some questions to consider
  1. What types of data will be produced? How much data, and how often will it be changed or updated? Will versions need to be tracked?
  2. What identifiers will be used for the data? What file formats will be produced, and will special software or tools be required to create or view the data? What metadata standards will be used to organize the data?
  3. Who is responsible for managing and controlling the data? Who owns the data? If private and confidential data is being collected, what provisions are in place to protect that information?
  4. Where will the data be stored? How secure is the data, and what back up procedures exist?
  5. For whom is the data intended? How long must it be retained?
  6. How will you make the necessary data publicly accessible? How do you intend to publish or distribute the data?
What resources are available to help write a Data Management Plan, and to make data publicly available?

There are links to questionnaires and other tools that can be helpful in preparing a Data Management Plan on the Penrose Library Data Resources LibGuide.

Data Services librarian Amy Blau [email protected](509-527-4905) is available to discuss various aspects of data management.

If you are planning to submit an NSF grant, please contact Rachna Sinnott (509-527-5990) or Tana Park (509-527-5926) in the Office of Grants & Foundation Relations at least one month before the due date. They can provide guidance on grant submission procedures and compliance with College and federal requirements, including the Data Management Plan. For more information on Whitman’s policies and procedures regarding grant submission, please visit the Grants & Foundation Relations website.

We’ve put together some great resources to help you navigate copyright in your academic and personal life, including fair use analysis tools and sample copyright request forms. The Whitman College Copyright Policy and procedures for use of copyrighted materials are also available.


by Danielle Hirano  Oct 14 15

Librarians can help you decide on paper topics, narrow your topic to a reasonable size, and locate the right materials for your research. They can help you with many aspects of your research, such as finding information resources in print and online, planning a research strategy, and designing catalog and database searches.

You’re welcome to drop in or to make an appointment for a research consultation. Contact them by email or phone:

Lee Keene [email protected] 509-527-5917

Julie Carter [email protected] 509-527-5915

Ben Murphy [email protected] 509-527-5918

Amy Blau [email protected] 509-527-4905

Melissa Salrin [email protected] 509-526-4731

Research Services

by Danielle Hirano  Oct 14 15

The Whitman College and Northwest Archives provides basic reference services during its regular hours. Consultations with archives staff may be scheduled during these or other times.

Researchers are encouraged to contact the archives prior to a visit. The archives is open to the public and complies with the access guidelines of the Society of American Archivists. Users are required to follow standard access procedures and complete standard access forms during research visits.

Requests that require research into the holdings of the Whitman College and Northwest Archives may be completed for a fee. A basic fee of $25 will be charged for the first hour of research; additional time will be billed at $12.50 per half hour. The basic fee of $25 must be paid in advance, in the form of check payable to Whitman College and Northwest Archives. This fee includes postage and up to 20 photocopies; additional copies are $.10 per page. Digital scans may be obtained for $10 per image.


The Whitman College and Northwest Archives staff is available to make presentations and exhibit primary source, contextual, and subject-specific materials to classes and groups. In addition, the archives is able to make available digital copies of many of its historic resources for educational purposes.


Researchers wishing to photocopy materials in the archives must first consult archives staff. Certain materials may be copied by the researcher in the archives reading room. Fragile materials will be reproduced at the discretion of and by archives staff. Archives staff may refuse to reproduce materials owned by other repositories.Fees may be paid by cash or check.

  • Black and white photocopies: $.10 per page
  • Color photocopies: $.50 per page
  • Digital scans: $10.00 per image (for originals larger than 11×17″, $20.00 per image)
  • Photographic reproductions: minimum charge of $15.00 for an 8×10” print
  • VHS or DVD copies: $25 per tape/disc.

Please note that permission to publish or display reproduced images must be applied for separately (see below)

For information regarding reproduction fees for Whitman College faculty, students, staff, and alumni, please contact archives staff.


Researchers wishing to quote from, publish, or display materials from the archives must complete a Permission to Publish form.

Fee Schedule
$10 per image
Use Fee
Publication Use
Commercial Publishers $40 per image
Nonprofit Organizations and Agencies $10 per image
Academic Publishers
Thesis, Dissertation (Unpublished) No fee
Advertising Use
For-profit Organizations and Individuals $100 per image
Nonprofit Organizations and Agencies $25 per image
Video, Television, Film, CD-ROM Use (Per Still Image)
For-profit Organizations and Individuals $100 per image
Nonprofit Organizations and Agencies $25 per image
Internet, Web Site Use $100 per image
Exhibition / Display Use
For-profit Organizations and Individuals $100 per image
Nonprofit Organizations and Agencies $25 per image
Special Use On Request
Waived Fees

Permission fees are routinely waived for the Whitman community, including current faculty, staff, and students as well as for college offices and publications. Fees are also waived for black-and-white reproduction of a few images of textual or visual materials reproduced within the covers of a scholarly journal, in an academic monograph published in a press run of fewer than 2,000 copies, and in scholarly microform or electronic editions. Even when permission fees are waived, reproduction fees may still apply and the Permission to Publish form must be submitted.

Union-Bulletin Inquiries

Two ways to gain access to articles and obituaries published in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin or other local newspapers:

  1. Microfilms are available on the ground (first) floor of Penrose Library in the Whitman College and Northwest Archives and may be accessed Monday through Friday 10:00-noon and 1:00-4:00.
  2. Freelance researchers unaffiliated with the archives are available to locate and copy articles and obituaries for a fee. Research fees must be paid in advance, whether or not the search yields the desired articles. The research fee schedule is as follows:
    • $25.00 minimum charge for up to one hour of research. Patrons will be contacted if the first hour of research yields no results.
    • $12.50 per half hour after the first hour
    • Each hour of research includes 20 copies. Additional copies cost 10¢ per page.
    • Large numbers of copies or CDs may require additional charges for postage or supplies.
    • Please make all payments by check, payable to the individual researcher.

Email research requests to: Gayle or Donna

Requests may also be mailed to: Donna Cummins, Memorial 302, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Resources for Genealogists

Several basic genealogical sources are available in the Penrose Library and the Whitman College and Northwest Archives.

Federal and Territorial Censuses – Penrose Library, Main (2nd) Floor, “Books on Microfilm” Cabinet
  • Enumeration sheets provide information about the address, nationality, citizenship, profession, and literacy of every member of a given household.
  • Penrose Library has the following census records on microfilm:
    • 7th Federal Census, Oregon Territory, 1850
    • 8th Federal Census, Washington Territory, 1860
    • 9th Federal Census, Washington State, 1870
    • 10th Federal Census, Washington State, 1880
    • 12th Federal Census, Washington State, 1900
    • 13th Federal Census, Washington State, 1910
    • Washington Territory Census Rolls, 1871-1892
    • Provisional and Territorial Census Records of Oregon, 1842-1859

Penrose Library does not have a name index for the census or enumeration district maps.

Newspapers – Penrose Library, 1st Floor, Whitman College and Northwest Archives
  • Local newspapers available in Penrose Library:
    • Walla Walla Union Bulletin (and all preceding Walla Walla newspapers), Newspaper Cabinet #28, 29, 1861-ongoing
    • Waitsburg Times, Newspaper Cabinet #27, 1881-ongoing
    • Dayton Chronicle, Newspaper Cabinet #2, 1917-1957
    • Whitman College Pioneer, Newspaper Cabinet #30, 1893-ongoing
  • None of these newspapers is indexed. To locate articles, you must know an approximate date of publication.
Directories – Penrose Library, 1st Floor, and in the Whitman College and Northwest Archives
  • Walla Walla County and City Directories are located in the Northwest Collection on the first floor (1911-1997) and in the archives reading room (1880-2000).
Yearbooks – Whitman College and Northwest Archives Reading Room
  • Whitman College Academic Catalogues (1882- )
  • Whitman College Yearbooks, Waiilatpu (1906-1997)
  • Walla Walla High School Yearbooks (1915-2000)
Other resources – Whitman College and Northwest Archives
  • Ogle’s Standard Atlas of Walla Walla County, 1909 (contains plat maps)
  • Vertical clipping files on “Whitman College People” and “Northwest People,” dates unknown

If you would like assistance with your research, please contact the Walla Walla Valley Genealogical Society.

Finding Primary Resources Elsewhere

Northwest Digital Archives: Provides access to finding aids from historical repositories in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington State Digital Archives: Digital full-text access to select public records, including birth, death, and census records.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC): A database of catalog records for archival collections held by institutions throughout the United States.

American Memory: A free, full text electronic archive of images, sounds and texts from 19th- and 20th- century America.

Repositories of Primary Source: A directory of web sites for archives and manuscript repositories throughout the world. An excellent place to find contact information for archives and archivists in any region you are studying.

City of Walla Walla Online Records

Fort Walla Walla Museum

Kirkman House Museum

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute Interpretive Center for the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District

Washington State Library’s Classics in Washington History (includes Lyman’s History of Old Walla Walla County)

Whitman Mission National Historical Site

Digital Collections

by Danielle Hirano  Oct 14 15

The Whitman College Digital Collections provide access to digitized historical materials from the College Archives, the Northwest Manuscripts Collection, and other special collections in the Penrose Library.

Whitman College Digital Collections

Detail from 1890 map of Walla Walla

Featured digital collections: Whitman, 1859-1909 and Walla Walla, 1859-1909 include nearly 1,000 digitized manuscripts, photographs, and publications from Whitman’s and Walla Walla’s first 50 years.

Whitman College Institutional Repository

Change and Continuity Video

The Whitman College Institutional Repository provides access to more current digital materials of scholarly or enduring value created by faculty, staff, and students at the college.

Library Services

by Danielle Hirano  Oct 14 15
In brief,Top 10 Things for Students to Know about Penrose Library.

Borrow & Request

Penrose Library extends borrowing privileges to all Whitman College students, faculty, and staff members. Although the Library’s primary commitment is to members of the Whitman community, certain library privileges are available to visiting scholars, local high school students, and members of the general public.

Library Cards

A valid Whitman ID or Penrose Library card is required to borrow materials from Penrose Library. ID cards are not transferable and may not be used by anyone other than the person to whom they were issued. A valid ID or library card must be presented every time materials are borrowed.

Cards must be validated for use at the Penrose Library Circulation Desk before they can be used. Any questions or concerns about ID or Library cards should be directed to the Circulation desk (509-527-5192).

Library users assume responsibility for notifying the Library of change of address, loss or theft of ID or library cards, and loss or theft of library materials they have borrowed. Library users also accept responsibility for materials borrowed on their ID card and for returning the materials to the Library by the due date.

Students, Faculty, and Staff will be issued a Whitman ID through the Human Resources Office and Campus Security. Alumni Borrowers are issued ID cards through the Alumni Office & Campus Security. Community Borrowers may purchase a library card at the Circulation Desk. Cards will be issued upon completion of an application form, presentation of photo ID, and payment of appropriate fees. Community members under the age of 18 must have a parent present to be issued a card. Please see our Community Borrowing page for more information.

Loan Periods

Loan periods differ by patron type.

Students can borrow books for six weeks and DVDs and videos for six days. Senior thesis students can borrow books for up to one semester.

Faculty can borrow books for the duration of one year, due at the end of the spring semester. DVDs and videos can be borrowed for seven days.

Staff can borrow books for six weeks and DVDs and videos for six days. Staff cannot check out items that have been placed on Reserve for a course.

Alumni can borrow books for six weeks and DVDs and videos for six days. Alumni cannot check out items that have been placed on Reserve for a course. Summit and Interlibrary Loan borrowing are not available to Alumni.

Community Members can borrow books for six weeks and DVDs and videos for six days. Community members cannot check out items that have been placed on Reserve for a course. Summit and Interlibrary Loan borrowing are not available to Community members.

Check-out Limits

Students can borrow up to 100 items at a time.

Faculty have no limit on the number of items that can be borrowed.

Staff can borrow up to 15 items at a time.

Alumni can borrow up to 15 items at a time.

Community members can borrow up to 5 items at a time.

To view a full list of library materials checked out to you, verify due dates, or check fines, log into your library account.


The Whitman College Library lending periods are intended to allow scholars convenient long-term use of library materials. In order to assure reasonable access to the library’s collections for all users, the Library offers several resopnses to the competition for materials. Items known to be in heavy demand, especially for course assignments, should be placed on Reserve. Items on reserve have shorter loan periods, allowing wider access to materials.

Patrons needing items that are checked out may search the Summit catalog via Sherlock and request a copy from another institution (find out more about Summit borrowing).

If there is heavy demand for a title, please feel free to suggest that the Library acquire additional copies.

If you need an item that is checked out, you may recall the item using the Request Item button in the Penrose catalog. The current borrower is required to return the item within a short period.

Notification of Recall
Borrowers will be notified immediately by email that the item they have checked out has been recalled. The item must be returned by the date specified in the recall notification, usually within five days of the receiving notice. Items needed for Reserve will be recalled immediately.

Minimum Use
Borrowers will not receive recall notices for one week from the time of original check-out.

Failure to return a recalled item by the specified due date will result in a $5.00 per day fine. Fines will accumulate until the replacement cost of the item has been reached, or the item is returned.


Renewals are no longer available for students, alumni, staff and community members. To match the loan rules of Summit, as of Summer 2014, the loan period for books has been increased to 6 weeks with no renewals. Please contact Access Services at 509-527-5192 or [email protected] with questions.

Faculty may renew Whitman books twice, but books must be returned at the end of the spring semester after the third year from original checkout. While faculty may renew books for up to three years, the Library must balance the need for researchers’ long-term use of library materials against our need to periodically review the condition of materials. We strongly encourage their return for use by others.

Overdue Fines and Replacement Fees

All overdue items are subject to fines, which vary according to materials type.

  • Books are subject to a $0.25 per day fine.
  • DVDs and videos are subject to a $1.00 per day fine.
  • Hourly reserves are subject to a $0.25 per hour fine.
  • Daily reserves are subject to a $1.00 per day fine.
  • Recalled items are subject to a $5.00 per day fine.
  • Summit and ILL materials are subject to a $0.50 per day fine for the first 10 days; $1.00 per day for the next 15 days; $30 maximum fine.

Faculty are not charged general overdue fines for materials held by Penrose Library. However, all faculty are subject to recall overdue fines as well as overdue fines for Summit & Interlibrary loan materials.

If a Penrose item is lost or stolen, the minimum Item Replacement Fee is $75.00 or the actual price of the item, if greater. An additional, non-refundable $15.00 processing fee per item is charged.

Summit and Interlibrary Loan materials which are lost or stolen incur a minimum of $110 per item replacement fee, or the actual price of the item, if greater.

Suspension of Circulation Privileges

Library privileges will be suspended when your library account accrues $20.00 or more in fines, until partial or complete payment is made. Please pay all fines at the Penrose Circulation Desk. (Outstanding charges on student accounts will be transferred to your college bill at the end of each semester. Faculty are not subject to suspension.)

Replacement items that are charged to your library account will block your ability to borrow Summit and Interlibrary Loan materials.

The immediate return of billed items will clear the replacement charge. when returning a billed item, please speak with the Circulation Supervisor to make certain that the charge has been cleared from your Library account. Refunds will not be issued if the book has been lost for more than one year.

Please direct questions about replacement costs and billing to the Access Services Manager.

Confidentiality of Circulation Records

Penrose Library is committed to the protection of the privacy rights of all of its students, faculty, staff, and other library users. In compliance with Washington State R.C.W. 42.17.310(1), the Washington State Public Disclosure Act, and in accordance with the American Library Association policy on the “Confidentiality of Library Records,” all library records are considered to be confidential transactions. Library staff will not release the name of any person to whom an item is currently charged, nor will they release past circulation records (including Interlibrary Loans) except pursuant to court order, search warrant, or subpoena. Requests for confidential circulation records from a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency should be referred to the College Librarian.

Summit and ILL

Using Summit and Interlibrary Loan

If we don’t have what you need at Penrose, you can borrow most materials from Summit or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Keep in mind that borrowing from other libraries takes time, and will require that you plan ahead.

Requesting from Summit

You can request Summit items directly from within Sherlock using the Summit request link.

  • Summit materials take between 5 and 7 days to arrive.
  • Most Summit materials circulate for 6 weeks with no renewals.
  • Summit DVDs and Videos circulate for 6 days with no renewals.
  • Patrons with fines in excess of $20 cannot borrow from Summit.
  • Summit is available only for current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Items available at Penrose cannot be borrowed from Summit.
  • When your item has arrived, it will be held for 5 days before being sent back to the lending library.
  • Overdue Summit items will be charged $0.50 per day for the first 10 days, and $1 per day for the next 15 days. The maximum fine is $30 per item.
  • If a book is lost or not returned, you will be charged a fee of $110 (or more, if the replacement cost is higher than average).
Requesting from Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If the item you want isn’t available from a Summit library, you’ll need to request it from Interlibrary Loan. You can request items from ILL through the Sherlock, or by searching WorldCat; just look for the button that says “Request from Interlibrary Loan”.

Journal articles are not available through Summit, and must be obtained from ILL. You can request journal articles not available at Penrose directly from the database you’re searching, by clicking the “ILLiad Interlibrary Loan link” for articles.

Log in with your Whitman username and email password.The item information will be filled out in the ILL form for you. Just verify the information is correct and submit your request.

Materials such as books and DVDs can be loaned in their original format. Articles in journals or on microfilm will be photocopied or sent electronically.

The time it takes to receive ILL materials can vary widely, so be sure to plan ahead if you think you’ll need to borrow from ILL. Some articles may arrive in just a few days, but other materials may take up to six weeks.

Access Services handles all requests for Whitman faculty, staff and students at no charge. Any requests can be made online and picked up at the Whitman Circulation desk.

ILL items circulate to all patrons for 6 weeks with no renewals. Occasionally, restrictions on photocopying or use outside of Penrose may exist.Older and archival materials, reference materials, original newspapers and journals, and theses and dissertations are frequently unavailable. Some materials may also be unavailable due to copyright restrictions.

Technology Services

Borrowing Laptops and other Equipment

Laptops are available for student check-out through the WCTS staffed Technology Support Desk in the Library. These computers are available for four-hour use within the Library only and are checked-out on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please see the WCTS Library Computer Facilities page.

Students requiring media equipment to support technology-intensive work should contact WCTS.

Technology Support Desk Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-midnight
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-midnight


Over 40 computers are located in carrels throughout the Library and are available for student use. All are on the campus network, and have access to Library and internet resources, as well as to high-speed printing. Additionally, Penrose Library offers wireless network access throughout the building. Four public access kiosk machines are available for searching the Library’s catalog, brief web browsing, or email. These workstations have a 15 minute time limit. For additional information, please see the WCTS Library Computer Facilities page.


A walk-up color scanning station is available on the second floor of the library. The scanner has a 17”X24” scan area and allows scans to be saved as multiple file types including .jpg, .txt and .pdf. Scans can be saved to a USB flash drive or sent via email. There is no charge to scan materials.


Penrose has three black and white copiers on the Main Floor. Students are encouraged to purchase copy cards from the Circulation Desk in increments of $2 and $5. Double-sided copying is encouraged. Copies cost 5 cents per printed side. A color copier may be found in the Instructional Media Services Department in Hunter Conservatory.


High-speed printers are available on each floor of Penrose Library. Printed pages are 5 cents each for one-sided black and white pages, or 10 cents for two-sided (duplex) sheets. Printers default to double-sided printing.

Fax Machine

Fax service is available for students at the Penrose Circulation Desk. Charges for a domestic fax are $1 for the first page and 50 cents for each subsequent page. Faxes which are sent to international locations are charged at a rate of $5 for the first page and $1 for each subsequent page.

Study Rooms, Supplies, & Lockers

Group Study and Media Rooms

Penrose Library has eight large group study rooms available for groups of two or more students to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Three media viewing rooms for individual students are also available. Keys for the rooms may be checked out at the Circulation Desk for a three-hour time period, and may be renewed once, provided no one else is waiting to use the room.


A limited number of supplies may be purchased at the Circulation Desk. These include laptop locks, headphones, thumb drives, and blank CD/DVDs. Please inquire at the desk.

Student Lockers

Penrose Library has 164 lockers available to Whitman College seniors who are writing a thesis. The lockers are located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors and are assigned throughout the year according to need. To receive a key, the student must come to the Circulation Desk and present a Whitman College ID and a signed Senior Privileges Form to a Circulation Supervisor.

Failure to comply with the locker policy may result in the loss of locker privileges.

  • Library books must be checked out to a student or they will be removed.
  • No food, beverages, alcohol, or illegal substances may be kept in lockers.
  • Lockers are subject to periodic inspections by Library staff.
  • Library journals, reference books, or other restricted library materials may not be retained in lockers. If any of these materials are found in the lockers, they will be removed and returned to the collection.
  • Students who do not return the key by the due date will be fined. A $31 replacement fee will be charged if the key is lost or stolen.

Information for faculty

Please refer to the Faculty Services page.

Off-campus Access

Whitman College uses a proxy server to provide access to materials for which we pay subscription fees. To use Whitman resources from off campus, you should access them from the library website. You will be automatically sent to a log in screen: Use your Whitman email username and password to log in.

To report problems accessing resources from off campus, please contact the Systems Librarian.

Community Library Use

Penrose Library makes certain resources available to visiting scholars, local high school students, and members of the community. In order to borrow from Penrose Library, you must have a valid Penrose Library Community Borrowing card.

Library cards may be purchased at the Penrose Library Circulation Desk. Cards will be issued upon completion of an application form, presentation of photo ID, and payment of appropriate fees. Community members under the age of 18 must have a parent present to be issued a card. Any questions or concerns about Library ID cards or general circulation issues should be directed to Access Services at [email protected] or 509-527-5192.

Library users assume responsibility for notifying the Library of change of address, loss or theft of Library ID card, and loss or theft of library materials they have borrowed. Library users also accept responsibility for materials borrowed on their ID card and for returning materials to the Library by the due date.

Community Borrowing Rates – Annual Fees
  • Area high school students: $10 (Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent)
  • Area elementary and high school teachers: $25
  • Walla Walla Community College students and faculty: $25
  • Walla Walla University students and faculty: reciprocal borrowing agreement (valid ID required)
  • Members of the general public: $45
  • Orbis Cascade Alliance & NAPCU libraries – reciprocal borrowing agreement (valid ID required)
  • Spouses/partners/family members of Whitman employees – no charge

Summit and Interlibrary Loan borrowing are not available to Community Borrowing members of Penrose. Community members may check out up to five items at a time. Library privileges will be suspended for any patron accruing $5 or more in fines, until partial or complete payment is made. Please pay all fines at the Penrose Circulation Desk.

Notifications of recalls, fines and bills will be by e-mail whenever an e-mail address is available; otherwise United States Postal Service will be used. It is the responsibility of the borrower to ensure the library information on file concerning addresses and phone numbers is current and accurate.

Library Use Policy

Penrose Library is committed to maintaining collections that exist as common resources to be shared, preserved, and respected in a manner guaranteeing protection for future users. The ethical use of library materials involves acceptance of this principle and appropriate conduct regarding library collections. We are committed to providing a space for the Whitman community to study, collaborate, and research.

  • Food and beverages must be covered and kept in spill-proof containers.
  • Smoking or the use of tobacco is not permitted in Penrose Library.
  • The Allen Reading Room is designated as a quiet study area in the library. Please be courteous of other library visitors who prefer to work in a quiet area.
Circulation and Access Policies

Please see our Borrow & Request section for information how to borrow materials, loan periods, fines, and other borrowing policies.

Inappropriate Use of Library Materials

Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:

  • Writing upon, defacing, tearing, cutting, mutilating, or destroying books or other library property
  • The willful concealment of a book or other library property on one’s person or among one’s belongings while attempting to leave, or leaving the premises of the Library without formal borrowing through the Circulation Desk
  • The willful concealment of a book or other Library property within the Library
  • The willful removal of a book or other Library property in contravention to Library regulations
  • The intentional alteration or destruction of library ownership records

Engaging in inappropriate use of materials will jeopardize library borrowing privileges.

Doing Research

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Subject Guides by Department

Penrose Library subscribes to hundreds of journals and databases. Many articles are available in full-text online.

Writing Your Thesis

Are you writing a thesis this year? You can find all the help you need at Penrose Library.

Citing Sources

We have guides and tips to help you learn to format your research papers and cite sources correctly.

Copyright Guidance

We’ve put together some great resources to help you navigate copyright in your academic and personal life, including fair use analysis tools and sample copyright request forms.

Off-Campus Access

Find troubleshooting tips and contact information for accessing electronic resources off campus.

Schedule a Research Appointment

Our Librarians are available to assist you with research topics, projects, and papers Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Drop-in visits are welcome too!

Journal Finder

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Find a Journal by title

e-Journal A-Z List

Find an Article by Title

Find an Article by Citation

About the Library

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Penrose Library: An Educational Partner

Penrose Library serves as a bridge between the Whitman College community—students, faculty, administration, and staff—and the information resources that promote teaching, research and learning. The library’s mission is to provide access to a diverse collection of resources to support faculty and student research and learning, and to guide students through the research process, helping them develop critical thinking skills, synthesize information, and communicate the results of intellectual inquiry.

How does Penrose Library, consistently ranked highly by the Princeton Review, accomplish this mission? The library’s digital environment, with more than 40,000 unique journal titles and 160 databases, complements its 500,000-volume print collection. Penrose is one of only a few college libraries that are open 24/7, and the facility itself was built and renovated with the idea that form follows function. Penrose’s archives and special collections include 3,500 linear feet of archival and manuscript material and over 5,000 rare books. And Whitman College is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which combines the assets of academic libraries throughout the Northwest to provide free access and courier delivery of millions of volumes.

Penrose Mission

Penrose Library serves as a bridge between the Whitman College community—students, faculty, administration, and staff—and the information resources that promote teaching, research and learning in the spirit and mission of the College.

Penrose Library Guiding Principles

We are a liberal arts college library that supports our undergraduate curriculum and facilitates access to resources for faculty research. In partnership with the faculty and staff, the Library staff selects, builds, preserves and offers access to diverse print and digital collections. Together we guide students through the research process, helping them develop the critical thinking skills to conduct research, synthesize information, and communicate the results of intellectual inquiry. Whether interacting with students in the classroom, one-on-one, or through electronic communications, we carefully assess students’ information, technological and educational needs and advise them appropriately.

An intellectual and social center of campus, the Library is conducive to individual study, reflection, and collaborative work. The Library’s physical spaces provide access to collections which encourage creativity and exploration in a technologically and aesthetically inviting environment. We welcome all members of the Whitman College community into the Library.

We value our flexibility, accuracy, accessibility and resourcefulness in providing quality innovative user-centered services. We seek opportunities for professional development, and we form partnerships on and off campus to extend our services and resources beyond the physical library and to enhance our skills and knowledge. A collegial working atmosphere is provided for all Library staff.

Staff Directory


Dalia Corkrum, College Librarian — 509-527-5193
Sharon Lederer, Administrative Assistant — 509-527-5191

Archives and Special Collections

Melissa Salrin, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian — 509-526-4731
Bill Huntington, Archives Assistant — 509-527-5922

Collection Management

Roger Stelk, Head of Collection Management — 509-527-5909
Rich Pengra, Library Assistant, Collection Development — 509-527-5912
Emiley Jensen, Library Assistant, Cataloging — 509-527-5920
Andrea Hergert, Library Assistant, Cataloging — 509-527-5919
Julianne Hoppen, Library Assistant, Serials — 509-527-5913

Instructional, Research, and Access Services

Lee Keene, Head of Instructional and Research Services — 509-527-5917
Julie Carter, Instructional and Access Services Librarian — 509-527-5915
Ben Murphy, Instructional and Research Librarian — 509-527-5918
Amy Blau, Instructional and Data Services Librarian — 509-527-4905
Jen Pope, Access Services Manager — 509-527-5914
Tom Call, Circulation Supervisor (Night & Weekend) — 509-527-5192
Christel Holce, Circulation Supervisor (Night & Weekend) — 509-527-5192
Ellen Brigham, Circulation Supervisor (Weekday Nights) — 509-527-5192
Sarah Owen, Circulation Supervisor (Weekday Evenings) — 509-527-5192
Eva Della Lana, Circulation Supervisor (Night & Weekend) — 509-527-5192


Kun Lin, Systems and Applications Librarian — 509-257-5916

Library Hours

During the academic year, Penrose Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the Whitman community.You will need your Whitman ID to access the building between 9 pm and 9 am.

Whitman Archives is open Monday – Friday between 10 am – 12 pm and 1-4 pm, and by appointment. It is closed on college holidays.

Café 41 is open Sunday – Thursday from 8pm – 1am.

Non-Whitman community members can visit the library between 9 am and 9 pm.

Gifts to Penrose Library

Gifts to Penrose Library are very welcomed and valued. Through the generous support of friends and alumni, donations to the Library have helped build outstanding collections. Gifts, often those that memorialize or honor loved ones, continue to help foster the traditions of scholarship, critical thinking, and lifelong learning that are hallmarks of a Whitman education. Modest gifts are very much appreciated, as are bequests, endowments and larger contributions.

The collections at Penrose are carefully selected to provide balanced, vibrant and timely materials that serve to support the curricular and research needs of our faculty and students. In order to safeguard quality, consistency, and relevance to the needs of the College, donated materials are reviewed using these same criteria. Moreover, due to space, staffing, and resource limitations, we are unable to accept all gifts of materials.

General Policy

Gifts-in-kind, especially library materials, are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of Whitman College. Penrose Library retains the right to decline, retain, or dispose of the materials at its discretion. Only the Library Director, Collection Management Librarian, or Archivist/Special Collections Librarian may accept in-kind donations on behalf of the Library. A signed Gift of Property statement must accompany all such donations.

General Library Materials Gift Form

Special Collections Materials Gift Form

General Library Materials

We welcome books and media appropriate for the general library collections if they support the College’s curriculum and faculty research needs. The Library does not accept duplicates of held materials, textbooks, outdated or materials in poor condition, mass-market paperback books, general interest magazines, cassette tapes, software, photocopied materials, vanity press books, popular pamphlets or promotional materials. Only commercially produced DVDs in like-new condition will be accepted.

Before bringing gifts of 25 volumes or more to the Library, please contact Roger Stelk, Head of Collection Management (509-527-5909 or [email protected]) to discuss the potential donation. He may also be able to suggest other resources if the potential gift is deemed not appropriate for Penrose Library. Donations are boxed and delivered at the owner’s expense.

Special Collections Materials

Gifts of manuscript collections, rare books, and unique materials, especially those that pertain to Whitman College and northwest regonal history, are encouraged. Before such items or materials are donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives, please consult with Melissa Salrin, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian (509-526-4731 or [email protected]). The Development Office encourages donors to consider providing financial support for the processing and preservation of such donated materials, especially if the collection is of substantial size and/or significance.


Donors are responsible for obtaining an appraisal and consulting with a tax advisor in order to obtain such information. Generally, gifts with a declared value over $5,000 will require an independent qualified appraisal; those with a declared value over $500 will require that the donor file IRS Tax Form 8283. Please read IRS publications 526 and 561 for more information.

Appraisers may be located through the American Society of Appraisers, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, or the Appraisers’ Association of America. If you wish to have an appraisal conducted, please do so before donating the materials to Whitman College’s Penrose Library.

All gifts will be acknowledged by letter with a count of the donated items. The Library does not provide a detailed, title-by-title listing.

Access Restrictions

Generally, gifts for which the donor places restrictions on access are not accepted. Exceptions may be made, for a limited time, for certain sensitive materials donated to Whitman College and Northwest Archives. Penrose Library abides by the American Library Association/Society of American Archivists’ 1994 Joint Statement on Access to Original Research Materials.

Donated items that Whitman College’s Penrose Library retains are cataloged and listed in the Library’s catalog. Access to other materials will be governed by established library policies. Materials added to the general collections are interfiled with like books on the same subject. Separately named collections are not maintained.

Financial Support

Monetary gifts, especially those that would enable the purchase of new materials, the delivery of innovative services, additional furnishings, technology enhancements, or the support of special program areas are actively encouraged. Please contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director (509-527-5193 or [email protected]) or John Bogley, Vice President for Development and College Relations (509-527-5979 or [email protected]) for more information.

Please contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director (509-527-5193 or [email protected]) if you have any questions or wish to discuss a specific donation.

Student Employment

Below are the positions for which students are usually employed at Penrose Library. Jobs will be posted on iEngage before the beginning of the semester as they become available. Please apply directly through the iEngage website and refer to the specific postings for more information.

  • Archives Assistant
  • Cataloging / Serials Assistant
  • Circulation Assistant
  • Library Office Assistant

Additional information about student employment can be found on the Student Employment page on the College’s website.

Location and Directions

Penrose Library
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Penrose Library is located at the heart of the Whitman College campus. On the campus map below, we are building 40, to the left of Ankeny Field. Parking is available, both on street and in the lot off Park Street.

Campus Map

Contact a Librarian

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Contact Us
You can also contact a librarian directly from the list below or contact your departmental liaison. For complete staff directory, please visit “About Library” page.
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