Learn about the J. W. Martin Library, what it contains, and how you can access its resources.
Construction of Northwestern’s library began in .
Construction was complete by the end of , and the library opened in . The prominent sculpture in the center of the building, entitled Quest, is the creation of Duayne Hatchett, art professor at Tulsa University. The library’s front lawn originally featured a lighted fountain.
The library was eventually named the J. W. Martin Library in honor of the university president who presided over its construction. It continues to serve the NWOSU community, providing research and reading materials to the Alva cmapus as well as the satellite campuses in Enid and Woodward.
The J. W. Martin Library houses over 114,000 volumes of printed material.
The digital collection, available through our research databases, is even larger, giving you access to millions of resources including peer-reviewed articles and eBooks.
You can search our print collection, most of our digital collection, and library holdings across the country from our online catalog.
Our print resources, CDs, and DVDs can be checked out with your university I.D. See the page on Borrowing for more information.
If you want materials we don’t have, we can order them from another library. See the page on Interlibrary Loan for more information.
Archives & Special Collections
The university archives and Tyler Collection are located on the second floor of the library. Our archives focuses on the history of Northwestern Oklahoma and this university.
The J. W. Martin Library has computers for your use.
Our computer resources include the following:
Twenty desktop computers available for NWOSU students, staff, or faculty in our computer lab.
Ten laptops available to check out for (in-library use only).
An iPad and a Toshiba Thrive available to check out for (in-library use only).
Two Kindles available to check out for .
Printing is free for NWOSU students, staff, and faculty. Simply print from the computer lab, and your printed materials will be available at the front desk.
Any of the staff or librarians will be happy to help you.
You can ask us about finding books or articles, or about completing a research assignment. However, the research and instructional services librarian has the specific job of helping you with research difficulties.
The J. W. Martin Library has twelve study rooms.
These are in addition to our tables, three lounge areas, and study carrels. The study rooms are first-come, first-serve. Simply pick an unoccupied room and start studying.
An assortment of other resources is available at the library, including but not limited to: