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About Collins Library


At Collins library you have access to experienced staff, including librarians, student peer research advisors, and subject experts.  We are happy to help you learn to use the library and find materials for your research papers and course assignments.

We are committed to creating a welcoming environment for all our users.  Click here to learn more about our efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion.

The library provides access to an abundance of physical and digital collections.  If  you do not find what you need in our collections, we are part of a network of libraries called the Orbis Cascade Alliance that can easily deliver materials  through a system we call Summit.

Our distinctive collections provide unique opportunities for students and researchers to work with one-of-a-kind items. Visit our Archives and Special Collections to learn more about the history of Puget Sound and opportunities to work with historical rare books and documents.

On behalf of all the staff at Collins Library, we hope you will all visit the Library often and freely share your thoughts about our services, facilities, and resources.  You can email us directly: or use our Tell Us What You Think link.

With best wishes for a successful and fulfilling academic experience.

-Collins Library staff

  • Note to visitors:  Some services are restricted to Puget Sound campus staff and students. If you are a visitor to Puget Sound we strongly recommend that you work with librarians at your own college, school or public library. They 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 Library Services desk at 253.879.3669 with questions before you come to visit.


Collins Memorial Library is one of the nation's premier liberal arts college libraries and is recognized as an innovative and creative organization.  The library serves as the information gateway of choice for the Puget Sound community.


We provide excellent collections, high quality service, engaging environments and innovative instruction in support of the University's mission to teaching, learning, civic engagement and diversity.

The Library is a place for all students:

  • We invite you to
  • Learn actively
  • Explore freely
  • Think critically
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Respect everybody
  • Build community


The staff embrace and support the University's core values of self expression, collegiality, courage, passion, diversity, leadership and stewardship of our environment.  We uphold the principles of the American Library Association's Code of Ethics, including the principles of intellectual freedom and the protection of library user's right to privacy and confidentiality. 

How to Contact the Library

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.