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The Leatherby Libraries

There are nine separate libraries that comprise the Leatherby Libraries. Each has a distinctive "portal" entrance with a customized ceiling feature. Each library has the physical collections of the disciplines of that library (books, periodicals, audio visual media, oversize collections).


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+ - Donna Ford and Fahmy Attallah, Ph.D. Library of Arts and Humanities

2nd Floor. Named by Chapman alumna Donna Ford and her husband, noted psychologist and author of Beauty of Being (Chapman University Press), Fahmy Attallah. In this library is the Thurmond and Athalie Clarke Gallery and the Bert C. Williams Multi-media Preview Room.

Fine Arts Collection: Color = Pink Dots. Library of Congress Call #'s = N.

Library of Arts and Humanities: Color = Red dots. Library of Congress Call #'s = B (except BF), C, D, E, F, P (except PN1990 - PN1999)

+ - Doy and Dee Henley Library of Social Sciences 

2nd Floor. Named by Chapman trustee and co-chair of the Library Millennium Campaign, Doy Henley and his wife, Dee. In this library is the Class of 2003 Group Study Room. (The Henley name also appears on the Reading Room accessible from the hallway from this library.)

Color = Yellow dots. Library of Congress Call #'s = A, BF, G, H (except HB - HJ), J, K, Z.

The ceiling portals of these two libraries echo the color schemes of the collections and are designed to have the names of the disciplines silk screened on them in those libraries. They are made of the same cherry wood of the wall paneling, with vertical and horizontal orientations.

+ - M. Douglas Library of Music

3rd Floor. Named by friends of M. Douglas. In this library is the Preston Listening Area, where students will be able to listen individually to music on differing media in the open area. There are two group study rooms, one of which is named the Jack J. and Beverly M. Rimel Group Study Room, and the Music Multi Media Listening Room.

Color = Black dots. Library of Congress Call #'s = M.

+ - Leon and Olga Argyros Library of Business and Economics

3rd Floor. Named by former Chairman of the Board of Trustees George L. Argyros for his parents. The ceiling feature here is a bronze "bowl" suspended from the ceiling embossed with a map of the world to symbolize international business. The colors are bronzes, brasses, and "accountant's green". Multi-media Preview room named by Benjamin and Margaret Clarke. A business ethics collection will be created through the gift of Robert Martini.

Color = Green dots. Library of Congress Call #'s = HB - HJ.

+ - Edgar and Libby Pankey Library of Education

3rd Floor. Named for the late trustee Edgar Pankey and his wife, Libby, long time members of a group known as the Fullerton Growers. Edgar Pankey wrote Love of the Land (Chapman University Press). Within this library is the Peter and Mary Muth Library of Children's Literature, the children's and adolescent material that serves the teachers in training from the School of Education. The ceiling feature picks up the paint palette of colors throughout the building in a design that evokes a mobile, symbolizing change and lifelong learning. In this library also is a permanent collection called "Timeline of Toys", given by Chapman trustee Ralph Tomlinson.The multi-media preview room is named by Chapman alumna, the Honorable Loretta Sanchez '82.

Color = Dark Blue dots. Library of Congress Call #'s = L.

+ - Onnolee Elliott Library of Science and Technology

3rd Floor. Largest library on this floor. One group study room and one multi-media room. Multi media room named by alumna Adam and Mamie Yong Maywhort. '78. Ceiling feature is in a cell format made from titanium alloy to symbolize technology and new materials.

Color = Purple dots. Library of Congress Call #'s = Q, R, S, T, U, V, W.

+ - John and Donna Crean Library of Film and Television

3rd Floor. The Creans have given the Library a collection of signed framed photos of the original 1939 cast of Gone with the Wind that will be featured in this library. The ceiling feature evokes the marquee of a movie theater. There are two group study rooms, one named by two alumni: Doug '72 and Susie '71 Willets, and the Dr. William E. and Katharina Bradley Film and Television Screening Room.

Color = Silver dots. Library of Congress Call #'s = PN1990 - PN1999.

+ - Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library

4th Floor. Dedicated by Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Elie Wiesel on April 11, 2005, the 60th anniversary of his liberation from Buchenwald, the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library is located on the 4th floor of the Leatherby Libraries. The library is a gift of Henry and Susan Samueli and is named in honor of Mr. Samueli's parents, both of whom were Holocaust survivors. The library's permanent and rotating exhibits tell of the individual lives affected, and all too often ended, by the Holocaust. The library's non-circulating collection includes photographs, documents, oral histories and books, including a first edition in Dutch of The Diary of Anne Frank, as well as reference works to support research on the Holocaust in its historical context. The Oskar Schindler Archive, donated by historian David M. Crowe, Ph.D., includes interview transcripts, the author’s extensive notes, and copies, including translations, of archival documents gathered during Crowe’s many years of research on the lives of the Schindlers and those they rescued. It is the most complete collection in the world of primary and secondary source material on the life and times of Holocaust rescuers Oskar and Emilie Schindler. The Archive also includes materials that were given to Dr. Crowe since the publication in 2004 of his definitive biography of Schindler, Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List, as well as rare documents and photographs presented to the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library.

+ - Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives

4th Floor. Named for Frank Mt. Pleasant, a well-known Carlisle Indian athlete of the early 20th century and uncle of Joan Mt. Pleasant Chapman, wife of former trustee C. Stanley Chapman, donors of this library. The colors of this library evoke the natural colors of nature and the ceiling feature that gives a cork "burl" look. There are two offices in the library, and a large workroom for processing archival and special materials. This library also contains the University Archives that holds material important to the history of Chapman University. There are two named rooms in the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives:

  1. The Aquin Mitsuo Yamagishi Reading Room. This monitored reading room is for patrons who are using materials from the University Archives or Special Collections. Mr. Yamagishi was an instructor in Chapman University’s World Campus Afloat program during the 1970s where he taught poetry and the art of Japanese paper making.
  2. The Dan and Sarah Caton Hogan Special Collections Seminar Room. Named by one of Chapman's newest trustees, Sarah Hogan. This conference room is shared with the Holocaust Memorial Library.


Notable special collections include the following:

  • University Archives: The repository of records, photographs and ephemera from the founding of Chapman University to the present.
  • Rare Books Collection: A vibrant collection containing books and book leaves from the manuscript and hand press periods. The core of this collection is the original Bible collection of university namesake Charles C. Chapman donated to the school in the 1930s.
  • Miniature Book Collection: Over 400 examples of fine press and fine binding miniature books.
  • Artist’s Book Collection: Over 100 excellent interpretations of the book as artistic object and artistic platform.
  • Fine Binding Collection>: A small, but exciting collection of beautiful traditional nineteenth and twentieth century bindings. The core of the collection are a number of bindings from binder and printer, Joe D’Ambrosio.

In addition to the Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University's Dale E. Fowler School of Law contains the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library which is housed in Donald P. Kennedy Hall.