Unique collections focusing on the history of the Inland Pacific Northwest

The Northwest Room is named in memory of our friend and supporter, Ned Barnes.

We are located on the second floor of the Downtown library.

You can read more about the Northwest Room and its history.

Please be sure to read our policies on the use of the collection prior to your visit.

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Exhibits, resources, and special collections

High school yearbooks

Yearbooks Several hundred Spokane high school yearbooks are now available online. You can view these yearbooks in your web browser without downloading any files or additional software.

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Biographical files

Biofiles For over 100 years, librarians at SPL clipped the newspapers for biographical information. These clippings include obituaries on pioneers, but they also contain all kinds of biographical information from papers in Spokane and around the Northwest.

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Digitized photo archives

These collections, available online, emphasize the most frequently requested subjects in the Northwest Room – the homes, buildings, streets and activities in and around Spokane.

Digital Collections

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Northwest exhibit schedule

The Northwest Room displays permanent art as well as exhibits which rotate several times a year.


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House history

Getting to know the history of your house can be a fun and fascinating process.

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The Fuller Collection

The Fuller Collection consists of rare materials relating to the history of writing and printing.

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Northwest Map Collection

Maps offer a whole different dimension to studying and understanding the history of the Pacific Northwest.

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Northwest Room Photo archive

Spokane Public Library’s small, but impressive, photograph collection contains several hundred prints offering glimpses of life in the Pacific Northwest.

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