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End-of-term Hours

On the last Saturday of the term, December 2nd, the library will be open for extended hours, from 8:00 a.m. until midnight. The following Thursday, December 7th (the last day of finals), the library will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. See the rest of our holiday hours here. Best wishes to all, and Merry Christmas!

The Writing Center Reopens January 2018

The Writing Center has now closed for finals week and Christmas break, but will reopen the second week of Winter Quarter, and continue to assist SPU undergraduates at any stage in writing a paper. Whether you have a complete draft or nothing at all, the Writing Center can teach you strategies for coming up with ideas, organizing, and refining them. No appointment is necessary—Writing Center hours restart January 8th!

Read for fun this Christmas!

Take a break—read for fun over the Christmas holidays! Our Popular Fiction Collection, on display in the Reading Room on the main floor of the Library, contains approximately 80 titles selected for your enjoyment. Stop in and pick one out before you leave campus (and take a moment to see our "Christmas Tree" made of books, just to the left of the collection!).

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The SPU Library is a member of The Orbis Cascade Alliance of college and university libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Students, faculty, and staff have access to more than 28 million items in the combined collections. Read more


Featured Book

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, ed. Derek R. Nelson and Paul R. Hinlicky

(eBook, available to read online)

This is, understandably, the year for Luther dictionaries and encyclopedias. The Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, ed. Wengert, is on order, and the Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, ed. Lamport, under consideration. But The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, ed. Nelson and Hinlicky, is available now for consultation. Though an important Luther-Lexikon appeared in 2014, these are the first multi-authored such works of reference in English since 1965. The 125 entries in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther are authored by Reformation-studies specialists from around the world, so their bibliographies are happily multi-lingual. The editors tend to subsume narrower topics under broader themes. Thus there is no entry on "Ein Feste Burg", but only the "Music, Poetry, and Hymns" sector of the two-part entry on the "Arts." "Intentionally forward-looking in approach," the Encyclopedia concentrates on the importance of established knowledge for the future of Luther studies.

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