John E. Riley Library

John E. Riley Library

The John E. Riley Library is housed in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons. Vital to the educational and intellectual life of the University, the library's physical collection contains more than 125,000 items, including books, curriculum, periodicals, non-print materials such as CDs and DVDs, and federal government documents (the library is a selective repository). Additionally, the library maintains a special collection of works by or about John Wesley. Through participation in OCLC Inc., an international library network, the library has access to additional books and other materials from libraries around the world, available via interlibrary loan. Students may borrow a limited number of items from Boise State University and the College of Idaho.

The library's electronic collection (found at includes indexes and databases that contain more than 150,000 ebooks and thousands of online periodicals, dissertations, and music. The library also maintains the University's institutional repository of scholarly works from NNU students.

Key to the library's mission is its staff, which provides friendly, professional service. Librarians, staff, and student assistants are available to make the use of the library more effective and meaningful. Library services include interlibrary loan, instruction, and individual research assistance.

The Leah Peterson Learning Commons provides individual study areas and 17 group study rooms, and has wireless access for laptops and access to campus networked computers.

The University Archives contains items pertaining to the history of the University. Use of the Archives is by appointment only.