Fall 2020 In-Person Library Services FAQ

The Collins Library is providing limited local services for students and faculty who can visit the Library. Below is a series of FAQs that provide information on requesting books, using our space, and other details of local service.

  • Is the library open?
    Collins Memorial Library is not currently open for full library services in-person. However, the reading room is open, and study spaces can be used by current University of Puget Sound students using our reservation system. Current hours of operation can be found on our website.

  • How do I make a seat reservation to study in the library?
    Students can reserve space in our reading room via our seat reservation system.
  • Can I book a group space in the library?
    No, in order to keep users socially distanced the library does not have group study spaces available at this time.
  • Do I need a reservation to print?
    No, you don’t need a reservation to enter the building to use the printers located in the library’s reading rooms. Other questions related to printing on campus are best addressed by Technology Services.
  • Are the stacks open?
    No, the stacks at the library are currently closed for browsing, but University of Puget Sound users can place holds on books via Primo.
  • Can I request a book from the library? How long does it take?
    Yes, you can place holds on books via their records in Primo by clicking the Request Collins copy for Tacoma pickup link. Requests take 2-3 days to be fulfilled.

    • Users will be notified by email when the requested book becomes available for pickup in the library lobby.  You may pick up your books at any time when the library is open.
    • Summit items from the Orbis Cascade Alliance can be requested and that the turnaround time is 7-10 days to take into account the limited hours which most libraries are operating, shipping time as well as quarantine time.
  • Can I request scans of printed materials?
    Yes, students may request that portions of print books be scanned. When signed in to Primo, a link will appear in the Primo record that alerts users to this service.
  • Can alumni and visitors use the library?
    The library is not currently open to alumni or the public at this time.
  • How can I return books?
    Books can be returned any time through the exterior book drop or mailed back. Once items are checked in any overdue fees will be waived.
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From the Archives & Special Collections: The Abby Williams Hill Journals

In August 2019, the Archives & Special Collections received a Washington Digital Heritage grant to digitize, transcribe, and make available online nine journals written by the artist Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943). These journals focus on Hill’s travels throughout the United States between 1895 and 1906 and provide a unique female perspective on significant issues affecting the nation at that time, including education, tourism, and the rights of women, African Americans, Native Americans, and the working class. Over the next nine weeks, we’ll be using the blog series to highlight each of the journals and their significance for researchers. Abstracts for all of the journals can be found here.

Abby Williams Hill is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest for her talent as a landscape artist whose paintings depicted the beauty and grandeur of our region. She was born in Grinnell, Iowa but moved to Tacoma, Washington with her husband Frank in 1889, the same year that Washington became a state. Fiercely independent, Hill eschewed the fashions and pastimes of women in the early twentieth century for a life spent hiking in the wilderness and traveling with her four children while her husband Frank remained at home in Tacoma. She described herself as a woman who was “cut out for the wilds,” and her journals contain hundreds of pages devoted to her camping expeditions and adventures.

The earliest journal in the Hill collection is from 1895, when she joined a 26-day camping expedition to Mt. Rainier. This was her first real experience “in the wilds” and it was quite an adventure. Hill titled one entry “Camp Misery” as she described battling “hordes of mosquitoes and gnats” and sleeping on a “bed of stone.” In another, titled “Camp Terror,” she records how terrified she and her companions were when someone tried to steal their horses in the middle of the night. But Hill also writes about the beautiful scenery that inspired her – the wildflowers, waterfalls, wildlife, and other sights and sounds of the wilderness. One day, after visiting Carter Falls and Narada Falls, she wrote: “The night was bitter cold. All were quite ready to go home in the morning but me. I felt I could endure much for a few days of such grandeur.”  Later, while near Paradise, Hill said, “Mountains all around, sunset and moonrise, wind through the trees, crash of avalanches and roaring of falls…I think we all felt very near to God for being so surrounded by his beautiful works.”

Immediately upon returning home from Mt. Rainier, Hill set out on an 11-day trip to the Hood Canal with friends. There she embarked on long hikes and sketched the scenery. Of one foray into the wilderness, Hill wrote: “After the pools came the wildest scenery and the most severe climbing up rocky sides, over boulders and under them, across the streams on logs, many feet above the whistling torrent, and at last seated to sketch in a place where the roar [of the waterfall] was so great I could not make my companion on the next rock hear my voice…It is thought no woman had ventured as far as I did today.”

Hill’s journals provide a rich and varied resource for scholars of all ages. Check back next week for the next installment in our series…Hill’s journal from a summer spent on Vashon Island in 1900.

The Archives & Special Collections is currently unable to host in-person researchers. If you need assistance or would like to set up a virtual appointment, please email us at archives@pugetsound.edu.

By Laura Edgar, Assistant Archivist & Archivist for the Abby Williams Hill Collection

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! September 15 through October 15

The National Hispanic Heritage Month web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Information from the http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ website

Select Bibliography of Recent E-Works at Collins Memorial Library
(must be logged in as a Puget Sound user)

  • The gender of Latinidad: uses and abuses of hybridity by Angharad N. Valdivia. Access
  • The Latinx urban condition: trauma, memory, and desire in Latinx urban literature and culture by Crescencio Lopez-Gonzalez. Access
  • The Oxford encyclopedia of Latina and Latino literature edited by Louis G. Mendoza. Access
  • Campaigning to the New American Electorate: Advertising to Latino Voters by Marisa Abrajano. Access
  • Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s: An Economic Profile and Policy Implications by Alberto Dávila, Marie T. Mora. Access
  • The border and the line: race, literature, and Los Angeles by Dean J. Franco. Access
  • Shared selves: Latinx memoir and ethical alternatives to humanism by Suzanne Bost.  Access
  • Latinx studies: the key concepts by Frederick Luis Aldama & Christopher González. Access

Streaming video
(must be logged in as a Puget Sound user)

Latin America in Video
This is new streaming collection available in Academic Video Online. Gives researchers of Latin American studies, Spanish, and Portuguese a comprehensive and unique perspective on the region. The first of its kind, the collection’s materials are presented in their original language with abstracts and indexing in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

For more ebooks, print books and streaming video, visit our Primo catalog.


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New Streamroller Print in Library: A Tribute to Tacoma

Print by Spring Munsel Gideon

Artist Statement

Spring Munsel Gideon

Born and raised in Tacoma, I’ve found myself now raising my own family in Kitsap County. This work explores what ‘Home’ means to me. Set against a background of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Museum of Glass, and Tacoma Dome; the floral design beneath relates to my life in the area. Berries for a childhood on my Grandparent’s Puyallup farm, various flowers to note the birth months of those important in my life, a dogwood for the time I spent in British Columbia, and a rhododendron for Washington State.

This print was created by carving a 3’x3’ linoleum block and printed using a steamroller for 2019 Wayzgoose Kitsap.


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Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, Pop-up display in Collins Library

Learn about the 19th Amendment and the right to vote for women:

Rightfully Hers poster 1
Rightfully Hers poster 2
Rightfully Hers poster 3
Rightfully Hers poster 4

For additional thoughts on democracy and voting, check out these related posts:

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Artists’ Books & Social Justice: Ballot BOX by Bonnie Thompson Norman

"Ballot Box" by Bonnie Thompson Norman

Ballot BOX  by Bonnie Thompson Norman

Bonnie Thompson Norman is a Seattle artist who is passionate about voting and civil rights. She has been a printer and book artist for over forty years, and is proprietor of The Windowpane Press. She learned printing at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, eventually becoming their Studio Director. In Seattle, Bonnie works as a hand book binder and letterpress printer and teaches classes in printing and book making. She produces works that offer challenging questions, provocative puns and inspiration about timeless and/or contemporary issues in the form of broadsides and artist’s books.

Ballot BOX, part of the Collins Memorial Library Special Collections is a book intended to educate and inspire viewers to recognize the power and right to vote.

In Bonnie’s own words:
It may come as a surprise to learn the right to vote is not explicitly stated nor provided for in the United States Constitution. Rather, this right has been shaped by Amendments, Congressional legislation, judicial review, and requirements and restrictions enacted by the States.

For me, voting is a fundamental and cherished expression of patriotism and democracy. By casting my vote, I am connected to the principals of Government of the People, by the People and for the People.

Collins Librarian Jane Carlin recently had a chance to check in with Bonnie and asked her a few questions about her views:

It has been six years since you published Ballot BOX. What is the significance of this book six years after publication?
For me, this is not a new issue. I have always been moved by the act of voting. When I lived in Los Angeles and my children were much younger, I made sure that I would take them with me each and every time I went to a polling place. I was often a bit emotional about the process of telling and showing my children how democracy works…talking about how we checked in and our signatures were verified, how we went into our very own private voting booth, how we placed the ballot in the box…and finally, how we got a sticker that said, “I voted!”

Initially when absentee ballots (later called mail-in ballots) were made available, I was a bit sad about missing the act of going to the polling place with my neighbors. However, I came to appreciate the convenience of being able to vote on my own time and with less worry of having to rush to the polls before they closed. With the limitations which have been imposed by individual states and jurisdictions on access to voting, cleansing of voting rolls, disenfranchisement of people who have fully served time for offenses, shortened hours, fewer polling sites…and now, the threats against the United States Post Office, the right to vote is further and seriously undermined.

What message do you want viewers to take away after seeing Ballot BOX?
I would like people to understand that the right to vote in our country, though not written into the Constitution, is a foundation of our democracy. It is important to understand our rights and why it is important that these rights be extended to each and every citizen in an equal and unrestricted manner.

There are many challenges facing voters today. What’s your take?
I hear from people with whom I have tried in the past to encourage to register to vote that they don’t know enough about either the candidate running or the issue presented, or both. Or, they don’t think their vote will make any difference in the outcome. My response first is, again, not voting is still a vote. Secondly, their paychecks already reflect how issues in the past have been determined in the way deductions are allocated and spent. So, each time they get paid, their paycheck is a reflection of past legislation like the establishment of Social Security, or Unemployment Insurance, etc. Third, and this is the biggest stretch for people, is that they could spend a few moments looking at the Voter Information Pamphlet or consulting several different sources to see what they have to say on particular issues and candidates. I emphasize several disparate sources.

Additional Resources for Students on Voting: (Compiled by Collins librarian Andrea Klyn)

For additional thoughts on democracy and voting, check out these related posts:

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Spotlight on the Constitution, Voting Rights and Elections by Fran Leskovar

Fran Leskovar gives Setauket Gang presentation Sept. 2019

With our Presidential Election in November, Constitution Day in September, and the Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Collins Library is pleased to host a series of blog posts by Fran Leskovar.

Very often Americans do not realize the greatness of our Constitution and often take it for granted. But our Constitution is more than just a document outlining the system and the limits of our government based on theories of John Locke, Montesquieu, or ancient Roman and Greek systems of the polity. It is a symbol of our national unity and American identity characterized by the dedication to liberty, rule of law, resilience, and belief that, in America, nothing is beyond our reach. But most importantly, it is a document that entrusts us, “the People,” with a responsibility to protect it, defend it, and continue developing a “more perfect Union” based on our four freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. As the guardian angel of this “land of the free and home of the brave,”  President Abraham Lincoln, told us in his famous Gettysburg Address, “it is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on…that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” In that spirit, let us remember on this Constitution and Citizenship Day all of our heroes– known and unknown– native sons and daughters, first-generation citizens, and newly arrived members of our family who dedicated their lives to our country, our values, and our Constitution. Let us also remember the words of late President John F. Kennedy to not ask ourselves what our country can do for us but rather what we can do for our country. And, finally, let us continue to believe in this nation, our Founding ideas, and American dream. We live in republic, to paraphrase Senator John McCain, “where we are more alike than different” and share the common heritage and responsibility given to us by our Founding Fathers with the three simple words in our Constitution, “We the People.”
– By Fran Leskovar

About Fran Leskovar
Fran Leskovar is a two-time recipient of the University Summer Research stipend. His work on the American Revolutionary War espionage has been presented at the AHSS Symposium and Board of Trustees Symposium here, at the University of Puget Sound, and to the national audience at the prestigious Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium at the John Hopkins University and University of Washington Undergraduate Symposium.  Fran Leskovar is currently publishing his paper titled “The American Revolutionary Intelligence: The Culper Ring and The Notion of Liminality” in the Macksey Undergraduate Journal. Besides his interest in the American Revolution and early years of American state, Fran Leskovar has a considerable background in the history of Cold War and European history. This summer, he has been working on a paper titled “‘Playing Hapsburg:’ The Hapsburg Monarchy and The post-Yugoslav Croatian Society” in which he explains why such a strong sentiment for the Hapsburg past exists in the post-1990s Croatian society.”

For additional thoughts on democracy and voting, check out these related posts:

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Events/Exhibits Fall 2020-21


  • Fall 2020:  Rising Together:  An Exhibition of Zines, Artists’ Books and Broadsides with a Social Conscience.  Unfortunately this exhibition has been cancelled, but please visit the web link to learn more about the artists and books represented and to view the online catalog. 



  • February – May: Science Stories: Artists and Scientist Collaborate
    Co-curated by Lucia Harrison, Tacoma artist and Professor Emeritus from Evergreen College, Jane Carlin, Collins Library Director and Peter Wimberger, Professor of Biology and Director of the Slater Museum, this exhibit pairs artists and scientists in a collaboration. We are hopeful this exhibit will open in February 2021 in the Collins Library.
  • June – July: Puget Sound Book Artists 11th Annual Members Exhibition



  • February: Wildlife: The Guild of Book Workers
    This exhibition will feature approximately 50 works by Guild members. The exhibition will open in the summer of 2021 and travel from five to seven venues across the country, closing in the fall of 2022. Works will include fine and edition bindings, artist’s books, broadsides (letterpress printing, calligraphy, and decorative papermaking) and historical binding models. The number of framed wall pieces will make up a very small subset of the entries. Both the bindings and framed works to be exhibited will be selected by a jury to ensure that they are of excellent quality. Previous Guild exhibitions can be viewed online at https://guildofbookworkers.org/galleries.

Spring 2020 Events


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New to Tacoma? Learn about our city by viewing these great resources published by the Tacoma Historical Society!

Image from: https://www.tacomahistory.org/

Speaking Out About Dreams That Matter
This two-part presentation highlights some of the people who have fought for civil rights and social justice from throughout Tacoma’s history. The presentation supplements previous research with new interviews with several leaders that we’ve conducted this summer via Zoom.

The presentations aired in August as part of a Tacoma Public Library webinar series and are now freely available on YouTube:

Part One: https://youtu.be/SnIm0VqZAsc
Part Two: https://youtu.be/p31EWlrDfHE

COVID-19 Diary Project
Tacoma Historical Society is collecting diary entries (both text and audio options are available) which will be saved for posterity, to help future residents and historians understand what this 2020 experience has been like for those in the Tacoma area. Anyone is welcome to contribute:

Tales of Tacoma Blog
Tacoma Historical Society has launched a new blog, Tales of Tacoma, which is geared towards inviting students and Tacoma residents of all ages to contribute stories about Tacoma history. THS welcomes teachers interested in incorporating an assignment into their class to reach out to discuss more details. To view the blog and find out more about participating, visit: https://tacomatales.org/

Tacoma Historical Society has made three titles from our ’21 Tales’ series, which are geared towards K-8 students, available as audiobooks, to be more accessible during the pandemic.

Find them on our podcast platform here: https://anchor.fm/tacoma-historical-society

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Overdue items and Returning Items

Information about overdue library items and how to return them during the Fall 2020 semester:

Overdue Items:

  • Summit Items: If you are away from campus and unable to return your SUMMIT items, please do not worry. Although we are unable to renew Summit items, we will waive any accrued fines once the items are returned.
  • Interlibrary Loan Items: If you are unable to return your Interlibrary Loan items, please email ill@pugetsound.edu to request a renewal for the items. If the renewal is approved, ILL staff will update your record with no fines. If the renewal request is denied, please return the items and staff will waive any fines for overdue items.
  • Collins Library items: Please try to renew items online. If you are unable to do so or have no renewals left, please email circulation@pugetsound.edu to request a renewal for the items. We will waive any accrued fines once the materials are returned.

Returning Items:

  • You will not be charged any fees for overdue items that are returned.
  • If you live locally, you can return Collins Memorial Library, Summit, and Interlibrary Loan materials via the outside book drop of Collins Library.
  • If you live out of state and are unable to physically return materials to the library, you may return them via mail at the address below:

University of Puget Sound
Collins Memorial Library
1500 North Warner #1021
Tacoma, WA 98416-1021
Attn: Access Services Department

  • You will continue to receive automated notices for overdue materials until the items are returned.
  • Please contact the library with any questions: libref@pugetsound.edu.


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