Penrose Library Mission Statement

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.