Welcome to Buswell Memorial Library, a place of intellection and creativity on the Wheaton College campus and a treasure trove of scholarly resources, both old and new, in print and online.
The library’s physical collections and services are provided from two campus locations: the main library building and the 3rd floor of the Billy Graham Center. Over 1,400 students and faculty enter the main library building on a typical day when classes are in session, and, in addition, many others access the library’s catalogs, online journals, and other resources from their dorm rooms, offices, and off campus. The library’s physical collections contain over one million items, making Buswell the largest library collection of liberal-arts colleges in the state of Illinois. Of these, 370,000 are books. We subscribe to several thousand journals in print and online. Due to cooperative programs with other libraries, we can get almost any book or journal article you want, even if we don’t own it. Our special collections are especially noteworthy.
The library’s faculty and staff provide a full range of academic services, including a strong partnership with the teaching faculty to build the research skills of our students. We host special events, such as book discussions with Wheaton professors. Our very successful renovation project, carried out in 2006 as part of the college’s Promise campaign, has revitalized our physical spaces by providing enhanced opportunities for academic consultation, technology use, a library café, and a new home for the college archives and special collections. The library’s mission statement, vision, and commitments express our purpose and areas of focus.
But more important than any statistic or mission statement is the actual impact the library has on the lives of our faculty and students. On our homepage and throughout our website, you will find vignettes we have created to showcase this impact. These vignettes represent only a small part of all that the library helps to make possible.
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