About the Libraries
The Consolidated Libraries identify, obtain, organize, and provide electronic, printed, and other information resources and services to our clientele. We also serve as a gateway to the world’s information sources through our four components: the Hanford Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Technical Library, the U.S. Department of Energy Public Reading Room, the Max E. Benitz Memorial Library of Washington State University at Tri-Cities.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is operated as a service to the Hanford Site by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The PNNL Technical Library provides scientific and technical information support for the Laboratory, the Hanford contractors, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office. The extensive electronic and print collections of the PNNL Technical Library are also available to WSU Tri-Cities faculty, staff, and students. Its catalog, Leona, is available on the Web.
The CIC Libraries house the U.S. Department of Energy’s regional Public Reading Room, also operated by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Public Reading Room makes information on the Department of Energy and Hanford’s activities available to the public. The Reading Room is set up to facilitate browsing through its collections.
The WSU Tri-Cities Max E. Benitz Memorial Library is one of four campus libraries operated by the Washington State University (WSU) system. The other three libraries are: Spokane Campus’ Cooperative Academic Library, the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing’s Betty M. Anderson Library, and the WSU Vancouver Library.
The Benitz Library provides access to information for faculty, students, and staff, and the public, in support of their research and educational needs.
The Southeastern Washington Business Information Center (BIC) provides assistance to business owners to improve competitiveness through information, education, training, and counseling. The Southeastern Washington BIC is available to help businesses east of the Cascades and south of Spokane in Washington State. BIC library materials can be checked out by library patrons with a valid WSU ID card or WSU Temporary Borrower’s card. An application for a library card can be obtained at the circulation desk.