The Northwest Room displays permanent art from the collection, including Catholic Ladders, “Bird’s Eye” or panoramic maps of Spokane, and original artwork. The room also includes five display cases, which feature temporary exhibits, which rotate several times a year.


Current Exhibit

A World of Words: Dictionaries, Spellers and Readers

February 2018-April 2018

Dictionaries have played a significant role in preserving and protecting the English language. The library’s collection of rare dictionaries includes a first edition of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language published in 1755 and considered the first “modern” dictionary.  Other rare dictionaries include a first edition of Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language. McGuffey readers, spellers and foreign language dictionaries round out the collection, which all served to standardize spelling and usage.












Past Exhibits

November 2017–January 2018: Adventures and Opportunities in the Great West
August–October 2017: Greetings from the Northwest
May–July 2017: The Publishing Journey of Lewis and Clark’s Journals
January–May 2017: The Search for the Northwest Passage