About Quinney Library

S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation

Thanks to the support of the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah, the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Natural Resources Research Library was established in 1992. Joining forces with the College of Natural Resources of Utah State University, the library responds to the growing needs of natural resource educators, researchers, and managers. The Foundation has continued to provide funding and comradeship and we thank them for this tremendous gift. Read more about our benefactors in their biography, Gifts of Greatness.

Meet Our Staff

Patsy Palacios

Patsy Palacios


Quinney Natural Resources Library

Phone: (435) 797-4051
Office Location: QL 105
Wes James

Wes James

Systems Administrator

Quinney College of Natural Resources

Phone: (435) 213-7171
Office Location: QL 308

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The Library plays an important role in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. It serves as an educational, social, and sustainable resource for students, staff, and faculty alike. It has grown as the College has grown; it is becoming a part of QCNR's history and will be part part of the future. Drop by and see us!

The Beginning

While the Quinney Library officially came into being in 1992, the College of Natural Resources had two mini-libraries long before this. The Fisheries and Wildlife Library and the International Range Management Library. The libraries started informally when faculty members decided to combine their own books and journals into 2 small rooms and let others come and borrow them. But most of the information necessary for teaching and research was still scattered among offices and labs. In view of that, the administration initiated a plan to build, staff, and fund a state-of-the-art electronic library capable of supporting the Departments, Institutes, and Centers. Fund raising officially started in 1988.

The Grand Opening

We celebrated a new beginning in October 1992. The Quinney Library now presented a 7,000 square foot library to the Utah State University community. The $1.6 million facility was funded by a generous gift from the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation of Salt Lake City Utah. The new library was built to house a collection of 80,000 books and would focus on materials for natural resources research and teaching. The completed structure provides the College with a conference room, a computer lab, open access Internet access, cutting-edge storage and approximately 60 hours of service per week.

Who We Are Now

In the time since it’s founding, the library has changed from a quiet repository of books to a vibrant community filled with both physical and digital resources. We recruit excellent student employees who provide many front-line services and we have a strong IT staff who constantly upgrades and retools the electronic environment.

The Quinney Library will continue to provide high-quality electronic resources while creating spaces that actively facilitate our users, but our main contribution will be as an integral collaborative partner with the QCNR in the teaching, learning, and research processes.