Main Library

Cowles Memorial Library building is home to:

  • Main Library Collections
  • Martin Music Library
  • Curriculum Library
  • Archives
  • Special Collections
  • Composition Commons
  • Language Labs
  • Instructional Technology
  • Information Systems

Some facts about the library:

  • original library building was dedicated in 1948
  • contains over 176,000 print books
  • provides access to over 200 databases
  • has over 70,000 ebooks
  • checked out over 23,000 books in 2014
  • averaged 4500 visitors per week in 2014

Archives and Special Collections


Archival records (manuscript materials, photographs, ephemeral publications, etc.) are actively collected in two areas:  (1) the history of Whitworth University, and (2) Pacific Northwest Protestant history.  Access is by appointment.

Special Collections

Encompasses non-circulating books and periodicals segregated from regular collection for the sake of long-term preservation because they are rare, fragile, or fit a selected research collection focus.  The latter category includes Pacific Northwest Protestant history, a special collection begun in 1999.

Floyd Daniel Photography Collection

A special collection of over 1,500 photography books, housed in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room.

Moldenhauer Archives

A small collection of music-related materials, mainly Spokane area music history.  (Published scores comprising the Moldenhauer Archives Reference Collection are integrated into the Martin Music Library Holdings.)


Campus Map

First Floor

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first floor


Second Floor

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second floor