Library News Archive

  • Special Collections Exhibit

    Mar 26, 2017

    Come and view our new special collections exhibit for 2016-2017, "The SPU Quasquicentennial 1891-2016". The exhibit contains books, photographs, maps, and other materials related to the 125-year-history of SPU. You will find it on the second floor, in the display case on the south wall.  See librarian Steve Perisho's annotated guide for further details about each item on display.

  • Digital Commons @ SPU

    Mar 26, 2017

    The Digital Commons @ SPU is an online repository for both the history and future of the university. You can view past and current works of scholarship created by members of the community, delve into the pictorial history of the university, watch lectures you may have missed, and more.

  • New Chapter in SPU History Book

    Mar 7, 2017

    A supplemental chapter to Howard Snyder’s Rooted in Mission: The Founding of Seattle Pacific University 1891 – 1916 is now available to read on Digital Commons @ SPU. This manuscript by Howard Snyder describes the tenure of Seattle Pacific College (SPC) president Orrin Edward Tiffany, from 1916 to 1926. Topics covered include: World War I and the 1920s at Seattle Pacific College; Tiffany's administration and vision for SPC; growth and development of SPC; short biographies of SPC faculty and Board of Trustees; the founding of the Normal School; student life and activities, including music and athletics; and the end of Tiffany's tenure.

  • Friends of the Library Annual Event

    Feb 25, 2017

    Please join us on Tuesday, March 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in Upper Gwinn, for a panel discussion on Rooted in Mission: The Founding of SPU. Panelists will include Doug Strong, David Leong, Bill Woodward, John Glancy, and Adrienne Meier, with author Howard Snyder responding. This event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the SPU Library.

  • Creative Conversations

    Feb 16, 2017

    Join us on Thursday, February 23rd, at 12-12:50 p.m. in the Library reading room, for another entry in Creative Conversations. We will host a screening for the documentary film Road to Redemption which follows several episodes in the life of Doolittle raider, prisoner of war, missionary to Japan, and SPU alumnus Jacob DeShazer. SPU Admissions counselor and Fine Arts associate Kim Gilnett will introduce the film, and light snacks will be provided.


  • Creative Conversations

    Feb 10, 2017

    Join us on Thursday, February 16th, at 12-12:50 p.m. in the Library reading room, for another entry in Creative Conversations. SPU Theology professor Dr. David Leong will give a presentation entitled "Race and Place : How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconcilliation." Light snacks will be provided.


  • Holiday Hours — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day & Weekend

    Jan 14, 2017

    In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the library will have reduced hours all weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, January 14th and 15th, the Library will be open from Noon — 8:00 p.m., and on Monday the 16th from Noon — Midnight.

  • Book Display : Life after College Week

    Jan 14, 2017

    The Library is participating in the Center for Career and Calling’s Life after College Week with a book display.  Through January 27th, items related to both the pragmatic and the spiritual aspects of pursing your vocation will be on display to the immediate right, as you enter the Library. You may borrow any of the engaging resources found on the table.

  • Christmas Break Hours

    Dec 9, 2016

    December 9th through the 23rd, the Library will be open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed weekends. The library will then participate in the university-wide campus closure, from Christmas Eve through New Year’s day. We will  reopen Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the break, come check out a DVD or a book from the Popular Fiction Collection. You may also enjoy the quiet of our reading room and the Christmas tree of books. Merry Christmas to all!

    book tree

  • Day of Common Learning

    Oct 25, 2016

    Wednesday the 26th of October is the 15th annual Day of Common Learning. This year, SPU welcomes Dr. Alondra Nelson as our keynote speaker, who will discuss genetics, genealogy, and social inequality in a lecture titled "Tracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories." Please see the Library's subject guide for more information on Dr. Nelson's work and other related topics.