About Collins

Welcome to Collins Library at the University of Puget Sound!

The entire library staff is dedicated to providing you with the information resources and services you need when and where you need them.

Our primary Mission is to support the teaching, research and scholarly activities of the University of Puget Sound's faculty, students, and staff. Some services are restricted to those who are employed or enrolled at this institution. If you are a visitor to Puget Sound we strongly recommend that you work with a librarian at your own college, school or public library. He or she may be able to uncover resources that you overlooked and/or make a referral to a library that best suits your needs. If you need to use another library, your librarian may be able to make arrangements on your behalf. You are also welcome to call our Information desk at 253.879.3669 with questions before you come to visit. View the Library Annual Report 2017-2018. We invite you to review our Strategic Priorities for the Collins Library in support of Leadership for a Changing World, University of Puget Sound 2018-28 Strategic Plan.  

-Jane Carlin, Library Director

How to Contact the Library

  • Information Desk, 253.879.3669
  • Hours (recording), 253.879.3675
  • Archives, 253.879.2669
  • Book Donations, 253.879.3615
  • Comments/Feedback

Driving Directions From Interstate 5

From the North

From Interstate 5, take Exit 132 and stay on the right side to head toward Gig Harbor/Bremerton/ Highway 16.  Take the second exit, Union Avenue.  Follow the directions below.

From the South

From Interstate 5, take Exit 132 and stay on the left to merge onto Highway 16 (if you stay to the right, you'll end up back on Interstate 5 heading north).  Be careful; it is one of those ramps where you are trying to merge ON to Highway 16 and people are trying to merge OFF it at the same location!  Once you have merged onto Highway 16, take the very next exit, Union Avenue.  Follow the directions below:

Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. Travel north about two miles; go straight through the light at 6th Avenue and the next light, North 11th. You will see the campus on your right. Continue on until you reach North 18th Street and turn right. The library is located behind the chapel. See the Campus Map for the exact location.

Street parking is available on North 18th Street . You may also park in lots designated for general parking.  A parking decal is required for other campus parking not designated for visitors.
Borrowing Policy
Visitors are welcome to to use the print collection within the library. However, a community card is needed to borrow materials. The cost of a card is $150 for one year, or $100 for six months, and may be purchased at the Circulation Desk. For more information, see Community Privileges.

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan requests are made only on behalf of the University's students, faculty, and staff. All materials, with a few exceptions, are available to visitors through interlibrary loan. Inquire at your library for details.

Information Service
Library staff at the Information Desk help users locate and retrieve information and provide basic help with the library's collections and resources. Priority is given to faculty, students and staff. Limited assistance is available to visitors.

A coin-operated photocopier is available on the main floor Learning Commons (in the Scanner Room).  Rates: 8.5x11 b/w: 10 cents,11x17 b/w:.25 cents; 8.5x11 color:.50 cents, 11x17 color: $1.00.  Ask at the Circulation Desk for Assistance. 

There are over 425,000 volumes of books and bound journals, plus a sizable collection of federal and Washington state government publications, microforms, and media materials. Special collections of archival materials are also maintained. There is electronic access to the library catalog and hundreds of databases over the campus network.

Visitors may access Primo Search, the library's online catalog. Databases are restricted to the University of Puget Sound faculty, students, and staff. Affiliated users may also use the databases for research purposes.

Conservation List
The University of Puget Sound and Collins Memorial Library provide a Conservation List as a public service and do not endorse any particular business on this list.