Western Libraries' Northwest Collection is a rich and extensive resource for information on the Pacific Northwest, a region defined as Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska. The collection features works by authors, scholars, and others whose efforts have contributed significantly to the interpretation and understanding of the Northwest.
This circulating collection of books and video emphasizes important works on regional and local history; art; literature; business and labor, industry, and commerce; science and technology; agriculture and natural resources; politics, government, and law; environment and conservation; ethnicity and culture; geography; and archeology, and anthropology. The collection also features work by renowned Pacific Northwest authors and film-makers whose scope of creation has expanded beyond the region.
The Northwest Collection is housed in the expansive Central Reading Room, an elegant high-ceiling space accented by arched stained glass windows that run the length of the second floor of the Wilson Library. Designed in the late 1920's by architects Charles H. Bebb and Carl F. Gould, the room serves as a special gathering space for research, special events and exhibitions that advance the understanding of our region, and connect technology-empowered students to the historic research libraries of the past.