The Frances Penrose Owen Science and Engineering Library serves the College of Engineering and Architecture, the College of Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences on the Pullman campus of Washington State University. The Fischer Agricultural Sciences Library collects materials in the subject areas of crop sciences, entomology, environmental sciences, horticulture, landscape architecture, mycology, plant pathology, soil sciences and weed science.
When the Owen Library was opened in 1977, it was planned to be a building that would never need to physically expand. Librarians and teaching faculty of the day thought that the use of microforms would create a library collection that would grow in volume at an extremely slow rate. Instead, electronic materials, principally electronic journals, are starting to make this goal more reachable, despite large increases in our holdings of printed books and journals over the years. These electronic materials also allow WSU students, faculty and staff to use more and more of Owen’s collections 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether they are on campus or elsewhere in the state
The Owen Library includes a map room, public computers, a creativity station with a scanner, Acrobat, and Photoshop, wired study carrels, laptops for in-library use, and a wireless network. The WSU Emeritus Society is located on third floor of the Owen. Their office phone number is 335-8090.
To pay for printing any copying you must have money on your Cougar Card, the same card you use to check out books. To put money on your Cougar Card online, just go to the Cougar Card website, click on Add Cougar Cash, and follow the instuctions. If you need to put cash on your Cougar Card, or have problems with your card, go to the Cougar Card office, CUB Room 60.
The Owen Science and Engineering Library is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of College Avenue and Library Road. Limited, metered parking is available directly behind the library on Nevada and Washington Streets. For further parking help, contact Parking and Transportation.
For questions about reserves, loan periods, fines, or research, contact the Circulation/Reserves desk at (509)335-2672. The Owen Science and Engineering Library is also on Facebook. Stop by to search the library catalog, keep track of announcements and events, and view videos.
Owen librarians provides research assistance to WSU students, staff, faculty, and residents of Washington State in person, by email, or instant message.
Professors who intend to give their students an assignment that requires use of the library are encouraged to contact the library, or fill out the Library Assignment Form to make the librarians aware of your assignment.