Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room

Northwest Room


Located in the Downtown Library
906 West Main Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
(corner Lincoln St. and Main Ave.)
See map above!

Phone Contacts

(509) 444-5338

Hours of Operation

Open Days:
Tuesdays: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursdays: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fridays: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Closed Days:

Northwest Room Hours

Mondays: Closed

For bus route and schedule information, call the Spokane Transit Authority at (509) 328-7433.

Parking is available under the library for $.75 per half-hour for the first two half-hours and $1.00 per half-hour after that with a daily maximum of $8.00.

Use of the Collection

The Northwest Collection is a research collection and hence, it does not circulate. As many materials are rare and fragile, the following guidelines for use are always observed:

  • Pencils only for note taking: pens are not permitted in the Northwest Room.
  • The use of personal laptop computers, and cameras may be permitted, providing that they do not disturb other researchers. Please check with staff before using.
  • All materials are returned to staff ten minutes before closing.
  • All materials are re-shelved and re-filed by staff. Photocopying of some materials may be restricted. Library staff will assist in limited photocopying of unrestricted materials.
  • Spokane Public Library does not surrender its right to print or otherwise reproduce manuscripts or to grant permission to others. The researcher must assume responsibility for the use of material including the infringement of copyright or other agency owner.
  • As the Northwest Room was designed to accommodate research, no accommodation has been made for small children.
  • Cellular telephones are not allowed in the room.

Thanks Ned!

Ned M. Barnes

Ned M. Barnes served on the Library Board of Trustees starting in July 1988 when he was appointed to fill another trustee member's unexpired term. He was reappointed in 1991 and served two five-year terms. He was again reappointed in 2003 and served until his death in April 2011. He was the longest-serving board member the library has ever had and was truly dedicated to the health and vitality of the library in Spokane.

A passionate advocate for the Library, Ned spread the word about library services everywhere he went, converting many of his friends and colleagues into library users and advocates. In August, 2010 the Washington Library Friends, Foundation & Trustees Association honored Ned with its prestigious Distinguished Service Award for Trustees. The award recognized Ned’s “long and faithful service” to the library and his “wisdom, sound judgment and creative ideas in instituting library practices which have resulted in improved library services and efficiency.”

Spokane Public Library is truly grateful and honored to have known and worked with Ned Barnes.