Ella Strong Denison Library


Denison library is now open for for current students, faculty and staff of the Claremont Colleges to use for study space and for rare materials research.

At this time, we cannot accommodate off-campus individuals wishing to use the library for study space.

If you wish to use the library’s collections and rare materials, please contact us least 24 hours in advance of your anticipated visit by either sending an email message to and/or by submitting your rare materials request through your special collections researcher account.

If you are feeling sick, have been deemed a close contact, or have been recently diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), please cancel or reschedule your visit for another time. Scripps College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and is working diligently to safeguard the safety and well being of our communities. Visit Scripps Strong to learn more.

Questions? Send us an email or call (909) 607-3941. For the latest information about Denison Library and its collections, take a look at our e-newsletter, The Denison Dispatch.

Summer 2022 Hours (effective May 13 – August 26)

Mondays: 10am-1pm or by appointment
Tuesdays: 10am-1pm or by appointment
Wednesdays: 10am-1pm or by appointment
Thursdays: 10am-1pm or by appointment
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Closed

The library will be closed on June 20 and on July 4-5 in observance of the Juneteenth and 4th of July holidays.

About Denison Library

Denison Library is a non-circulating repository for Scripps College’s unique and special collections focused on the history of printing and the book; artists’ books; the study of women, gender and education; and the college’s nearly 100-year-old archives. As a library dedicated to special collections, which occupy a unique place in higher education and research, Denison Library’s mission is to engage individuals with the power of primary source materials to enrich both an undergraduate’s educational experience and the wider community of scholarship. The library’s collections are available to just not Scripps College students, faculty, staff, and alumnae but to members of the other Claremont Colleges, as well as to community and external researchers.

Denison Library’s digitized materials are available on The Claremont Colleges Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America, and the library’s finding aids for processed archival and manuscript collections are on the Online Archive of California. Cataloged books and printed materials may be found in the online catalog we share with The Claremont Colleges Library.

The Claremont Colleges Library

The Claremont Colleges Library supports the seven institutions comprising The Claremont Colleges consortium. Its mission is to “partner with faculty, students, and staff to provide a vital physical and digital center for research, teaching, learning, and other forms of intellectual engagement at The Claremont Colleges.” As a member of The Claremont Colleges consortium, Scripps College students have access to more than 3 million print and electronic volumes and myriad full text and other electronic sources, resources far exceeding those of colleges of comparable size.