Wardman Library Blog

Whittier College Wardman Library


Slightly enlarged, greatly modernized, and rededicated in 2003, the Bonnie Bell Wardman Library offers students and faculty spaces and tools for many different kinds of research and learning activities. Computer clusters with scanning, printing, and photocopying include several large-screen Macs that can be used for digital audio and video editing and viewing. Group study rooms are Internet- and media-ready, as is a dedicated digital media viewing room. For laptop users, wi-fi throughout the building allows for wireless connectivity.

Currently the collection totals 250,000+ volumes, with over 300 print journal subscriptions and access to 17,000+ electronic subscriptions. Circulation, reference, and interlibrary loan services are available to all members of the Whittier College community. The Library is also a member of LINK+, a patron-initiated interlibrary loan system that allows for resource sharing with over 50 other libraries.

In addition to its main collection, Wardman Library curates a wide assortment of historical materials. Special collections are tied to the Quakers and the College’s history, and the Library also hosts on its main floor the Whittier Area Genealogical Society’s (WAGS) extensive collection of research materials. Researchers can access these special collections by appointment. The Special Collections includes 100 years of The Quaker Campus, historical materials related to the town of Whittier, photographs and autograph letters by John Greenleaf Whittier, papers of and about Jessamyn West, Quaker autobiographies, and a large collection of Richard M. Nixon historical materials.

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Whittier, CA 90608
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