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Penrose Library also has a number of rare books, including this copy the title-less work usually known in English as the Nuremburg Chroncile, but also called the Liber Chronicarum. Published in 1493, the Chronicle is an incunable, or a book printed…

The Allen Reading Room, named in recognition of a gift from the Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation, is a strictly-enforced quiet study area in the library. It was built as part of the library remodeling in 2000, which moved the main entrance towards…

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Arley Jonish was the college librarian from 1966-1989. He oversaw many changes to the library, including the addition of the Stuart Wing in 1974.

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Arminda Fix was the first librarian at Whitman serving from 1899-1916. A Walla Walla native, Fix attended Whitman Academy then Whitman College, graduating in 1899. She subsequently attended library school in New York and studied at Columbia…

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A page from the Nuremburg Chronicle depicting the tower of Babel.

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A student conducts business at the circulation desk, which in 1984 was located on what is now the first floor of Penrose Library. The desk was in the northeast corner of the building. Notice the pillar near the "Book Return" sign that leads to an…

College Hall was the main campus building in the early years of the college, and included a library room, which housed the collections until the Memorial Building was erected in 1899.

Dalia Corkrum is the current Director Penrose Library. She began in that position in 2005.

Henry Yaple was college librarian from 1988-2005 He is seen here holdings a $1200 reference book, which is ???

An excerpt from the 1894 course catalog detailing the library's holdings.
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