Library Fact Sheet

The Collins Memorial Library of the University of Puget Sound was named for former trustee, Everell S. Collins. The library offers a comfortable atmosphere for teaching and learning. Services include information literacy, circulation of print, media and digital materials, course reserves, interlibrary loan, reference, and a learning commons with computers.

During the school year the library is open 116.5 hours a week; Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 2:00am; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.. These hours are subject to change during holidays, mid-term breaks, and final exams. Phone 253.879.3675 for a recorded message that is updated regularly. See Library Hours.

Borrowing Privileges
Borrowing is free to students, faculty, and staff who are enrolled or employed at the university. Current students, faculty, and staff from Orbis-Cascade Alliance institutions and the Northwest Consortium of Private Colleges and Universities have borrowing privileges through reciprocal lending agreements. Others may use the collection in the building or borrow material through interlibrary loan via their home library, special arrangements or on a fee basis. Phone 253.879.3669 for further information or send an email to See Borrowing.

The Collection

  • Total volumes:  505. 519
  • Audio/video tapes/CDs/DVDs:  16,659
  • Over 190 databases
  • Total periodicals subscribed to (including electronic):  47,432 unique periodical titles
  • Research consultation with professional librarians
  • 24/7 access to ready reference assistance through virtual chat service
  • Group and personal study rooms
  • Access to collections of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, a network of more than 38 academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest
  • Art and music programs and exhibits

Access to the Collection

  • Primo (Through one easy interface, search Collins Library & SUMMIT Libraries for books, journals, articles, videos and DVD’s, CD’s, maps, government documents, and more. About Primo):
    A database of materials offered by Collins Library, containing books, periodicals, media, maps and government documents. In addition it lists items on reserve by course and instructor, titles on order, and periodical issues as they are checked in. Access is available from public terminals and computer work stations in the library or through the campus network.
    Direct access to over 28.7 million volumes at 36 northwest academic libraries in the Orbis-Cascade Alliance.
  • Additional Databases
    Databases offering bibliographic, image, streaming media, and full-text information and covering a wide array of disciplines are available through 39 computer workstations in the Learning Commons. Commercial databases are restricted to university faculty, staff, students and others with library privileges.

Art in the Library

The library rotates much of its artwork. Each year the library sponsors an award for one graduating Studio Art Major. The winning art work is then displayed in a prominent spot in the library for the term of one year. Permanent pieces include works by Northwest artist Dale Chihuly and Paul Horiuchi.

The original building was completed in 1954. The addition was completed in 1974 and there was a major renovation in 2000. The architectural style of the building is known as campus gothic.

Study Areas
Lounge seating, group work areas, tables, individual carrels and 63 study rooms for individual or group use are available on a first come first serve basis. The library also features multimedia carrels and houses the Instructional Technology Services on the lower level.

Telephone Numbers:

Circulation Desk: 253.879.3669
Library Hours: 253.879.3675
Library Director: 253.879.3118
Media Desk: 253.879.3963