A warm welcome from your library staff! We are looking forward to getting to know you and supporting you in your learning during and after your time at The Seattle School. The library offers a variety of resources and services to meet the teaching and learning needs of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of our school. We strive to be your partner in your educational endeavors—not merely a storehouse of information, but a place to enter into dialogue with both the resources and the library staff.

Library resources include subscriptions to the major psychology and theology research databases, online journal packages, a physical collection of academic books, fiction, and poetry, and a rich film collection uniquely curated for the Seattle School community. In addition, we provide access to an ever-increasing collection of more than 200,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic disciplines.

Digital versions of required and heavily utilized books are added to our collection when they are available for institutional purchase and are within budgetary allowances. Links to those books will be on the class pages in Populi  and in the library catalog.

We look forward to meeting you and gathering together in the building or via Zoom. Whether you are on campus for Seattle classes or for the residencies, you will find that the library shares space with the school’s front desk, the Commons (our student lounge), and the bookstore. We in the library endeavor to be a warm, welcoming (but not always quiet) place to connect with fellow students, find help with projects and research, eat lunch, have a cup of coffee, or even grab a nap (on quiet days).

Your library staff includes:

Cheryl Goodwin, Director of Library Services. Cheryl also serves as the Director of Institutional Assessment. This involves coordinating our accreditation efforts and providing support to our academic and administrative departments as they seek to continually evaluate and improve our programs, classes, and services. Cheryl loves to travel and enjoys the antics of her 4-year-old granddaughter, Penelope, husband Paul, and her yellow Labrador, Sam.

Sam Skillern, Library Assistant. Sam’s responsibilities include library circulation, retrieving materials from online databases, maintaining the collection, and converting materials into accessible formats. You may also occasionally see him greeting people at the front desk. Sam’s hobbies include playing Dungeons and Dragons and collecting LEGOs and Transformers. He’s also into Star Wars, Marvel, fantasy, and sci-fi and likes trying new restaurants with his wife Jessica, spending time with his brother Drew, and hanging out with friends.

Mary Rainwater, part-time Library Specialist. Mary’s official responsibility is obtaining interlibrary loans from other university libraries for items we don’t have. Her primary passion is film, and she thoroughly enjoys discussions about the relative merits and faults of new and classic movies. Mary takes several weeks off each spring to attend the Seattle International Film Festival, and the knowledge she gains from this experience is the primary reason we have such a robust film collection.

Cheryl, Sam & Mary