Answered By: Gabe [Research & Writing Studio] Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016 Views: 602
That's what they say! Now, we don't really have an authoritative source for this (if you do, please share), but that is the legend. Take a close look at the leather on the doors-- it doesn't exactly look like other leather you may have seen. Also, the old portion of the library was constructed at a time (1928) when it would have been more likely that whale skins would have been available. However you take it, as icky or cool, it is part of the story that makes our library unique.
- Not really a source, but an interesting addition, I think. There's an interview with Mary E. bond, who was a Campus school student while the library was being built and on page six, she mentions that the students were particularly fascinated by the "leather doors..." http://content.wwu.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/scohp/id/81/rec/1
- Additionally, in a 1933 edition of the Northwest Viking,a student paper at the time, an article describing the library specifically mentions "The doors resemble the carved metal doors of the Romanesque churches. Those leading into the reading room are made of whale skin with metal joints." That's only 5 years after the library was built!