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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 Collection

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.

See the guides Finding Resources and How to Use the Library for more information.


  • 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.

See the Archives & Special Collections page for more information.


The J. W. Martin Library has computers for your use.

Our computer resources include the following:

  • Twenty desktop computers available to NWOSU students, staff, or faculty in our computer lab.

  • Six laptops available for in-library use or check-out.

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.

See the page on Computers & Printing for more information.

Research Assistance

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.

See his contact information or the page on Reference for more details.

Study Rooms

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.

Study Room 7 contains a laptop and SMART Board. Like the other study rooms, it is available to all. However, it is kept locked. To use it, you must ask at the front desk.

Other Resources

An assortment of other resources is available at the library, including but not limited to:

  • Recent Releases, which include new bestsellers and other popular novels.

  • Digital scanner.

  • Photocopier (10¢ per page).

  • Microform reader.

  • Regional newspapers (see the News page for more information).