Penrose Library is open 24/7, and at least one student has called it “the most beautiful thing in the world.”
The library is comfortable, functional, centrally located on campus and provides a great view of Ankeny Field. It offers plenty of study rooms and cozy, light-filled nooks for Whitties to curl up with their laptops, books and research materials for a long night of study.
On the fireplace mantle in the library's Allen Reading Room is a small, archival paper, bound log book titled “The Allen Reading Room Challenge.” It records highly personal academic triumphs, late night insights, and inside jokes that reflect a “this is your brain at 2 a.m.” perspective. Pages contain the only-after-2 a.m. reflections of the last person to leave the room on any given morning. It's a tradition that nocturnal Whitties take seriously as they share their thoughts and musings about the work done that night.