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Book Ordering: Christina Dolan-Derks (509.777.4485)

Course Reserves: Barbara Carden (509.777.3767)

Library Instruction: Marianne Stowell Bracke (509.777.4483)

Library Policies: Amanda Clark (509.777.4482)

Room Reservations: Tami Robinson (509.777.4483or Barbara Carden (509.777.3767)

Course Reserves

Course Reserve Request Form
Fill out and print this document, then submit with your reserve materials

  • Materials for reserves may be brought to the circulation desk for processing. These may be items from our library collection or personal materials. Photocopied materials must be copyright compliant. A copyright compliance information sheet is available at the circulation desk. You are responsible for your own photocopying.
  • Please fill out a reserve request form for each course (available at the circulation desk). Allow for a few days processing time prior to student availability.
  • Reserve materials may be assigned check out periods of one, two, three, and four hours or one, two, three, and seven days.
  • Students will be able to find your reserve materials on a list that is posted at the circulation desk or by searching reserves on the library catalog.
  • Unless otherwise stated on the request form, all materials will be removed from the reserve shelf at the end of the term.
  • Contact the Circulation Specialist at 509.777.3767 for assistance with reserve materials.

Library Instruction For Faculty


The Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library's library & research instruction program forms a part of the university's critical thinking goals. Librarians offer instructional services in cooperation with teaching faculty to help students learn the necessary concepts and skills for successful library research.


  • To teach students how to define their research needs, locate, evaluate and effectively use the needed information.
  • To teach students to conduct research using both traditional and electronic information sources.
  • To help students become familiar with the scholarly and professional resources and information systems in their disciplines.

Course-Related Instruction

Librarians work closely with the faculty in tailoring library workshops to individual courses. The research tools fundamental to a particular discipline are taught, especially in upper-division courses. We expect that the students in a particular major will graduate with knowledge of the bibliographic structure of the literature in their fields.

The research program is also closely tied to teaching basic library research skills to all students. In these classes the students receive an orientation to the library, to the research strategy, and to our various databases. They learn about the purposes served by journals and about the differences between these journals and they learn to critically evaluate electronic information.

Library and research instruction forms a part of most of the disciplines taught at the university. Further individual instruction is available to students individually at the Whitworth Library's Reference Desk.

Contact the Coordinator of Instructional Services

To Faculty: With sufficient lead time, librarians can provide library & research instruction sessions and printed materials geared specifically to your course and assignment. Please have a course syllabus and/or a research assignment available for the librarian. Plan ahead to schedule the best times. To schedule your class for library and research instruction during the current term, call Tami Robinson at 509.777.4483 or email

The library's Coordinator of Instructional Services is also available to work with teaching faculty to design an appropriate assignment to achieve your course goals/objectives.