Ella Strong Denison Library

Denison library is now open for for students, faculty and staff of the Claremont Colleges for the following services:

  • A two hour appointment to use study space
  • A two hour appointment to consult rare and archival materials
  • To view the library’s current exhibition, Forces for Change: Realizing a Better World Through Children’s Books                   (no appointment necessary for students, faculty and staff of the Claremont Colleges).

Appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance; click the green button below to schedule yours today.

schedule your appointment.

All library patrons will be required to wear a N95, KN95 or surgical mask while indoors. 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 appointment. 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.

Off-campus researchers and visitors can now make an appointment to come inside the library for rare materials research onsite and to view the library’s current exhibition. Please send an email at least 24 hours in advance of your anticipated visit to to learn more about our COVID-19 protocols for off-campus guests. At this time, we cannot accommodate off-campus individuals wishing to use the library for study space.

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.

Spring 2022 Hours (effective Jan. 18 – May 13)

Mondays: 10am-9pm
Tuesdays: 10am-7pm
Wednesdays: 10am-7pm
Thursdays: 10am-5pm
Fridays: 10am-5pm
Saturdays: 1pm-5pm
Sundays: 3pm-9pm

The library closes from 12-1pm for lunch on Monday through Friday.

Spring Break: The library will be open March 14-18 from 1-5pm and will be closed on March 12, 13 & 19.

César Chávez Holiday: The library will be closed on March 25.

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.