Ask a Librarian

Ask our Librarians for reference assistance.  Questions about borrowing or circulation (renews or overdues)? Contact the Front Desk (206-281-2228 or


To chat with a Reference Librarian click on the blue box on the lower right of the screen. 

  • When the Reference Librarian is logged in, the blue box will say "Chat with a Librarian," otherwise you will be prompted to leave us a message.
  • Your chat will be answered by the next available SPU librarian.


There is not currently a phone in the Reference area, but you may:

  • Call the Library Front Desk to ask to be connected with a librarian, 206-281-2228.
  • Look at our list of Librarians by Discipline to find the contact information for your librarian.


Contact the Reference Librarian at

  • During the hours the Reference Librarian is on duty we strive to respond to email questions within one to two hours.
  • Questions asked during the evenings and weekends will be responded to by the next business day.

Full Reference Desk Schedule