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Our mission and vision, our collections, responses to user suggestions, our history, and more.

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DKL READ PosterDudley Knox Library contributes to learning, research and teaching -- anytime, anywhere -- through relevant and evolving collections, tools, services, and spaces designed for NPS patrons of today and tomorrow.

Strategic Goals:
  1. Select and provide Scholarly Content relevant to NPS instructional and research needs
  2. Promote Seamless Access and Remove Barriers to collections, people, and services
  3. Create Learner-Centered physical and virtual Spaces
  4. Assure Institutional Memory through a centralized repository for the NPS scholarly record and archives


The Dudley Knox Library is a dynamic and collaborative partner with members of the NPS community that is dedicated to advancing knowledge through integrated resources, responsive services, library instruction, and research assistance. We work together to promote NPS’s position as a top-tier graduate-level teaching and research institution that fosters lifelong learning. DKL is a flexible, agile organization that measures and continually assesses our quality, relevance and effectiveness as we support the NPS strategic plan.

Dudley Knox Library Annual Reports

See examples, facts and figures, and more about DKL's many activities. These reports are organized by fiscal year (FY) and are created and maintained by library administration.


Our Collections

We collect scholarly content in all formats on subjects that support the current curriculum, instructional, and research needs of the Naval Postgraduate School. And although we are not a historical collection, we do seek out archival materials associated with the Naval Postgraduate School and its predecessors, including the Hotel Del Monte.


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We welcome your offer of a gift and will consider the offer according to our collection development policy and needs. We will not consider gifts that are in poor physical condition unless they are classics in specific research fields or in the area of naval or military history.

Gifts will only be considered with no restrictions or promises of immediate or future disposition. We can only acknowledge the number of items donated and we cannot legally provide an appraisal or estimate of the value.

Donors considering offering a gift to the Naval Postgraduate School should provide an inventory and value/appraisal with their completed Deed of Gift form.  The offer will be forwarded to the appropriate Navy accepting official (NPS President is authorized to accept or reject gifts up to $12,000; Chief of Naval Operations is authorized to accept or reject gifts above $12,000). 

If you would like to make an offer of a gift, please contact us:
  • Collection Development Coordinator (831) 656-3500 or
  • University Librarian (831) 656-2343

Suggest a Purchase

We welcome your suggestions for books, journals, and other library resources that support teaching, learning, and researching.
You may fill out the Purchase Request Form.

Q&A from our Suggestion Box


  • COMMENT:  Please add S/MIME to public computer workstations
  • ANSWER:  Yes, we will add this capability to our public workstations. However, be aware that NPS is BLOCKED from accessing a wide array of .MIL sites (NPS is a .EDU).  So, even though we enable S/MIME you still may not be able to access every site you would like to access.     More information


  • COMMENT:  Will you please add a sign to Printer 1 like the one posted on Printer 6?
  • ANSWER: We will add signage to those machines that are FAX enabled!  We also provide one library machine (Printer 6)  for which we disabled the PRINT function so that it is a stand-alone machine that can COPY, SCAN, EMAIL and FAX – saves lines for those quick tasks.  All other machines COPY, PRINT, SCAN and EMAIL to your @nps dot edu account.


  • COMMENT: Would you please add lockers to the Nursing Mothers’ Room?
  • ANSWER: The Library is pleased to offer a private space to support NPS nursing mothers (Knox 265, located on the 2nd floor of DKL – get the key from the Information Desk). This space is available all hours that the Library is open.

This room has: privacy screens and a comfortable chair; running water; cleaning supplies; and cupboards/drawers that nursing mothers may use to store their personal effects (I will put some notepads on the counter so you can “label” your stuff/space). There is a sign to hang on the outside of the door when the room is in use.

It is also Library policy to allow nursing mothers to store their milk in the Library Staff Room (Knox 108) where we have 2 refrigerators/freezers.

For more information: Workplace Accommodation for Nursing Mothers

As a Federal Agency, NPS strives to be a leader in providing wellness programs and workplace accommodations. NPS has a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public which may be used by the employee to express breast milk. NPS managers and supervisors must provide a reasonable amount of break time to express milk as frequently as needed by the nursing mother. The frequency of breaks to express milk as well as the duration of each break will likely vary, according to the needs of the individual mother. Supervisory personnel are required to use their best judgment in determining/considering a reasonable amount of break time. Please contact Deborah Baity, NPS EEO Manager, {(831)-656-2480 or email (in Outlook)} for advice and guidance for supervisors, managers and employees regarding the location of the workplace accommodations.

October 2014 | Still In Effect : No Thumb Drive Policy

  • QUESTION: Are thumb drives allowed on Library workstations?
  • ANSWER: Sorry, but NO! There is still a DoD-wide and NPS ban on the use of flash–based thumb drives on PC workstations. You may use them on your personal MAC devices.

For more information, read the NPS thumb drive policy.

July 2014 | Printing from Mobile Devices

  • QUESTION: Please enable Library printers to accept jobs from mobile devices, such as iPads
  • ANSWER:  At this point in time the campus does not have printing capabilities from mobile devices – printing can only be done from workstations and laptops that have loaded the appropriate drivers.   DKL and ITACS have been exploring how to provide this capability and we continue to discuss with Xerox how to move forward, specifically ensuring that mobile devices can work with Xerox’s secure print on the NPS network.

June 2014  |  Still In Effect :  No Thumb Drive Policy

  • QUESTION: Are thumb drives allowed on Library workstations?
  • ANSWER:  Sorry, but NO!  There is still a DoD-wide and NPS ban on the use of flash–based thumb drives on PC workstations.  You may use them on your personal MAC devices.

For more information, read the NPS thumb drive policy.

May 2014  |  Abuse of Library Multi-functional Devices (Print, Scan, Copy, Email, Fax machines)

  • QUESTION:  I notice a disturbing volume of "personal" and "non-federal" use of Library MFDs.
  • ANSWER:  Dudley Knox Library’s multi-functional devices (MFDs) may be used by library patrons for their official government business and for limited personal use (i.e. a few pages).

Dudley Knox Library welcomes NPS students, faculty, staff, and alumni; local military and college students; local retired military; and the general public (latter by appointment only) to use the library.  

We know that several non-NPS-affiliated patrons are significantly abusing access to and use of our federal government equipment, paper and toner.  In fact, the University Librarian has counseled these individuals (as recently as 21 May).  These individuals know that we are watching them and that their base-access privileges may be in jeopardy if they do not comply with Library policies and NPS rules, including NAVPGSCOLINST 5230.4D Policy on Appropriate Use of Naval Postgraduate School Computing and Information Systems.

Abuse of federal government equipment for significant personal use violates policy and amounts to “fraud, waste and abuse.”

Dudley Wright Knox - Naval Officer & Historian

Naval Postgraduate School is proud that our Library is named for for Dudley Wright Knox.  Knox's work on the Knox-King-Pye Board in 1919 provided a pioneering vision for the advanced education of naval officers and played a major role in the evolution of the Naval Postgraduate School.



Dudley Wright Knox (June 21, 1877-June 11, 1960) was born in Fort Walla Walla, Washington, the son of Colonel Thomas Taylor Knox, U.S. Army, and Cornelia Manigault Grayson. After attending high school in Washington, D. C., he entered the U. S. Naval Academy on appointment from the Ninth District of Tennessee on September 6, 1892. He was graduated on June 5, 1896, and following the two years at sea, then required before commissioning, he was commissioned Ensign on May 6, 1898. Subsequently, he attained the rank of Captain to date from February 1, 1918. He was transferred to the Retired List of the Navy in that rank on October 24, 1921, but continued on active duty until relieved on June 26, 1946. He was advanced to the rank of Commodore on the Retired List, to date from November 2, 1945.

Commander Dudley W. Knox as a Captain.
Commander Dudley W. Knox as a Captain.

Following graduation from the Naval Academy, Knox had duty as a Passed Midshipman on the battleship U.S.S. Massachusetts and upon outbreak of the Spanish-American War he was commissioned as Ensign and transferred to the U.S.S. Maple, serving on blockade duty in Cuban waters until the defeat of Spanish forces. He was then transferred to the Receiving Ship U.S.S. Independence at Mare Island, California, serving from August 25 to November 1, 1898, and then to the U.S.S. Yorktown which proceeded to Manila and engaged in operations against the Philippine Insurrection. During this insurrection he later commanded the U.S.S. Albay and U.S.S. Iris, which also participated in the Boxer Rebellion Campaign.

Relieved of command of the U.S.S. Iris in June 1901, he reported for a tour of duty as an Inspector of Ordnance at Brooklyn, New York. Then followed four years in the First Torpedo Flotilla comprising the first destroyers of our Navy. In this he successively commanded the U.S.S. Shubrick (Torpedo Boat No. 31), U.S.S. Wilkes (Torpedo Boat No. 35), U.S.S. Decatur (DD-5) and the Flotilla itself, which crossed the Atlantic and went to the Philippines and the coasts of China. Subsequently he was Ordnance Officer of the battleship U.S.S. Nebraska (BB-14) during the Atlantic Fleet's cruise around the world from 1907 to 1909, and then served as Aide to the Commandant of the Mare Island Navy Yard. On May 18, 1908, Knox married Lily Hazard McCalla, the daughter of Rear Admiral Bowman H. McCalla. They had one child.


Thereafter he had duty as Fleet Ordnance Officer of the Atlantic, and later the Pacific Fleet; attended the Summer Conference of Officers and upon graduation and promotion to lieutenant commander remained for duty at the Naval War College in 1912-1913. He served as Aide on the staff of Admiral William S. Sims, Commander Atlantic Torpedo Flotilla 1913-1914. Knox was instrumental in developing a doctrine and transforming the destroyers of the Atlantic Fleet from a scouting force into an offensive weapon. On November 25, 1914 he reported for duty in the Office of Naval Intelligence, Navy Department, Washington, D, C., where he served until April 20, 1916. Assigned duty as Commandant, Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he served in that capacity through the early period of World War I, until August 1917, when he returned to the Navy Department for brief duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He was detached on November 22, 1917 and proceeded to London, England, to join the staff of Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, U. S. Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. There he served first as Aide in the Planning Section, and later in the Historical Section, attached successively to the U.S.S. Melville and the U.S.S. Corsair. He was awarded the Navy Cross for "distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on the Staff of Commander, U. S. Naval Forces Operating in European Waters." Also, for meritorious service in that capacity he was awarded the Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George by the Government of Great Britain, and the Cross of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus by the Government of Italy.

A 1934 photograph taken while Captain Knox served as officer in charge of the Office of Naval Records and of the Library of the Navy Department.
A 1934 photograph taken while Captain Knox served as officer in charge of the Office of Naval Records and of the Library of the Navy Department.

In March 1919 he returned to the United States, and from April of that year until March 1920, served as a member of the faculty of the Naval War College. During the next year he successively commanded the cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn (ACR-3) and the cruiser U.S.S. Charleston (C-22), flagship of the destroyer force, Pacific Fleet. Relieved of command of the latter vessel on July 14, 1921, he again returned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department. Transferred to the Retired List of the Navy on October 20, 1921, he continued active duty as Curator for the Navy Department and Officer in Charge, Office of Naval Records and Library, Navy Department. He transformed this establishment, in the course of the next two decades, into one of the most important agencies in the United States for the study and preservation of naval history. When Knox assumed command of the office, its vast collections of records, including large numbers of those from the recent war, were in an unorganized, almost chaotic state. With a tiny staff, he established a modern archival system and managed to collect and classify most of the important records relating to the navy's activities in World War I. At the suggestion, and with the support, of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the office undertook the collection, editing, and publication of records relating to the activities of the navy in the early days of the Republic. Between 1934 and 1941 seven volumes of documents relating to the quasi-war with France were published, followed by seven more relating to the Barbary wars.

During World War II he was assigned additional duty as Deputy Director of Naval History, and on November 2, 1945 he was advanced to the rank of Commodore, to continue while serving in that capacity. He was relieved of all active duty on June 26, 1946. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for "exceptionally meritorious conduct ..... as Officer-in-Charge of the Office of Naval Records and Library and as Deputy Director of Naval History from the beginning of the National Emergency on September 8, 1939, to the cessation of hostilities on September 2, 1945. Serving with distinction throughout this critical period, (he) carried out his important assignment with diligence and efficiency to insure that accurate records of the United States Navy's participation in World War II were maintained for posterity. Reviewing action reports, war diaries of ships and other historical data, he directed the correlation and preservation of this vital information and in addition, was responsible for the servicing of numerous publications for accuracy of facts pertaining to Naval History ....." Commodore Knox died at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland, on June 11, 1960, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

In addition to the Navy Cross and the Legion of Merit, and the decorations from Great Britain and Italy, Commodore Knox had the following service Medals: Navy Expeditionary Medal; Spanish Campaign Medal; Philippine Campaign Medal; China Relief Expedition Medal; Cuban Pacification Medal; Mexican Service Medal; World War I Victory Medal with Overseas Clasp; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.

Commodore Knox was the guiding spirit in organizing the Naval Historical Foundation, and was its Secretary from 1926 to 1946. He was a Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1946 to 1959, when he succeeded Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy as President. He was a member of the Advisory Council of Living Age, the American Neptune, the Americana Institute, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the American Antiquarian Society, and had been Vice President of the Navy Mutual Aid Association.

He was a gold medal essayist, U. S. Naval Institute, in 1914 and 1915; Naval editor of the Army and Navy Journal in 1920-23; was Naval correspondent for the Baltimore Sun in 1924-1929 and for the New York Tribune in 1929; and had contributed articles on Naval subjects to various other publications. He was the author of The Eclipse of American Sea Power, published in 1922; The Naval Genius of George Washington, published in 1932; Naval Sketches of the War in California, published in 1939; and The Professional Value of Naval History, published in 1957.

His A History of the United States Navy was first published in 1936, and a revised edition published in 1948. Dr. James Finney Baxter III, President of Williams College, reviewing that book in the American Historical Review, described it as "the best one-volume history of the United States Navy in existence". (American Historical Review, July, 1940)

He was survived by his wife, the former Lily Hazard McCalla of Santa Barbara, California.

Their son, Commander Dudley Sargent Knox, USNR, earned the Legion of Merit, the Commendation Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, for outstanding service in World War II.

His American Naval Participation in the Great War (With Special Reference to the European Theater of Operations) is available online at the Naval Historical Center.

Adapted from: "Commodore Dudley Wright Knox, U.S. Navy, Deceased," produced by Office of Naval Records and Library, 13 Sept 1960, located in Dudley Knox ZB file, Navy Department Library.

The information in this biography was taken from the following sources:

  • "Commodore Dudley Wright Knox, U. S. Navy, Deceased", [Unpublished] September 13, 1960. Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Six 1956-1960, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980.
  • "Commodore Dudley Knox Dead; Navy Historian and Author, 82," New York Times June 12, 1960.
  • "Dudley W. Knox, Commodore U.S. Navy," Dudley Knox Library Groundbreaking Ceremony Program August 24, 1970.
  • "Dudley W. Knox, Commodore, U.S. Navy," Dudley Knox Library Dedication Ceremony Program March 10, 1972.
  •  Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. 3, 1968.

You can read more about Dudley W. Knox at:

Hayes, C.D., (CDR USN). 2008.  Developing the Navy's operational leaders: a critcal lookNaval War College Review 61(3): 77-108.

Knox, D.W.; King, E.J.; and Pye, W.S. 1920. Report and recommendations of a Board appointed by the Bureau of Navigation regarding the instruction and training of line officersUnited States Naval Institute Proceedings. 46(210):1265-1292.  Calhoun URI:

Powell, S. K., (Midshipman USNA).  2004. "Train for the known, educate for the unknown":  The Navy's struggle for clarity with graduate education in the Humanities from Holloway to RickoverInternational Journal of Naval History 4(3): 45 pages.
Pull Together: Newsletter of the Naval Historical Foundation 2012 51(2).  Spring/Summer 2012 issue features an excellent series of articles about Dudley Knox's lasting impact on naval history and archives.

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