The mission of the Cline Library is to support the curricular, research,
and community service goals of Northern Arizona University and its constituents.
A central learning resource, the Library offers services, instruction, and
timely access to information resources and collections that
- prepare and develop students in our undergraduate, residential setting;
- meet the requirements of graduate programs that support the specialized
interests of Arizona and the Colorado Plateau;
- reflect an educational environment that is culturally and socially diverse
and global in perspective;
- support students and staff in thinking critically, acting cooperatively,
and expressing creativity;
- serve individuals outside the residential setting who are seeking educational
opportunities and enable distance learners to participate fully in the
- address the economic and social needs of the state through public service;
- encourage continuous library staff development in pursuit of a highly-trained
work force committed to the academic life of the University.
See also the library's strategic and operating plans for 2010-2011 (pdf).
Northern Arizona University's Cline Library is named in honor of Platt and Barbara Cline, distinguished alumni and benefactors of education, who were long-time residents of northern Arizona.
A Cline Library building addition and renovation were completed in 1991 and 1992. The two architectural firms involved in the design and construction were Architecture One and Sasaki Associates. Materials on the building's exterior are primarily brick and Coconino sandstone.
A Northern Arizona University centennial commemorative sculpture by Budapest artist Péter Párkányi Raab is on display at the main entrance. Párkányi Raab completed "1996: The Year of Science" during his appointment as an NAU visiting artist. The limestone and bronze sculpture was placed at the entrance in the fall of 1996.
The current facility is more than 200,000 square feet and includes a four hundred seat assembly hall. The Cline Library Assembly Hall offers a venue for large university and community events. Consult the Assembly Hall Calendar for public lectures, film showings, etc. Next to the Cline Library Assembly Hall you’ll find Scholars’ Corner, a small coffee shop offering Starbuck’s coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks, and more.
The six stained glass windows installed in the east and west walls above the Jean Collins Reading Room were a gift to the library and the university from Jean Collins, Emeritus Dean and University Librarian, upon her retirement. Local artist Vickie Belman of Spiral Mountain Designs created the windows from a joint design with Dean Collins.
The Cline Library offers more than 1.4 million volumes in its collections, including books, periodicals, videos, sound recordings, government publications, and archival materials related to the Colorado Plateau and Northern Arizona University.Users can access hundreds of electronic resources and thousands of e-journals and books from the library Web site, library.nau.edu.
Students may use one of the more than 160 desktops throughout the library to access the Web as well as productivity software such as Microsoft Office. You’ll find wireless connectivity throughout the building. Community users have access to a limited number of these computers for up to 1 hour each day.
The library is building 28, on Knoles Drive on the Flagstaff campus. For more information, see our Location and Directions page. Call 928 523-2173 with general services and information questions. For research assistance call 928 523-6805. In addition, you can call toll-free at 1-800-247-3380 or drop us a line at
Cline Library, Northern Arizona University
PO Box 6022
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6022
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This page last modified April 15, 2013