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.

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