Ella Strong Denison Library

Scripps is the only one of The Claremont Colleges with its own library. The Ella Denison Strong Library is a special collections library with a variety of comfortable and quiet spaces for study and research, including the Holbein room and its gothic fireplace.

Among the library’s many distinguished holdings are Emily Dickinson’s letters and the Macpherson collection of books by and about women. The Scripps College Archives provide materials on the history of Scripps and include the Ellen Browning Scripps papers. The library also boasts a Rare Book Room and rotating exhibits of its contents.

Designed by the original campus architect Gordon Kaufmann, Denison Library is a favorite space on campus for the Scripps community. It features a centrally located stained glass Gutenberg window and ornate hand-carved wood interiors. The Holbein Room, with its intricately carved fireplace, provides an elegant yet comfortable classroom and gathering room space, and cozy study nooks lead to the library’s main doors that are open only twice a year for matriculation and commencement.

Denison Library will be closed effective Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Scripps College continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working diligently to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of our communities. For more information, visit Scripps’ COVID-19 information page here.

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The Claremont Colleges Library

The Claremont Colleges Library supports the seven institutions comprising The Claremont Colleges consortium and is organized into five divisions. These divisions include: digital technologies and scholarship; research, teaching, and learning services; scholarly information resources; special collections and libraries; and user services and resource sharing. The library provides a variety of services to 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students.

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