Statements and Policies

Mission Statement

As the shared center of intellectual inquiry at Wheaton College, Buswell Library’s mission is to build, preserve, and promote the use of physical and virtual academic resources; foster skilled and confident users of these resources; and promote community on the Wheaton campus.

Vision Statement

Buswell Library desires to be the shared center of intellectual inquiry and discovery for Wheaton College, recognizing that all truth and knowledge comes from God. The library will nurture partnerships that will augment its resources, teaching mission, and the community of which it is a part.

The library will build, preserve, and promote access to and use of physical and virtual resources through strong consortial relationships, innovative technological infrastructure, enhanced faculty collaboration in resource selection, marketing partnerships, and excellent stewardship of all resources, including financial, employee time and skills, and collections.

The library will thoroughly integrate its teaching into the curriculum through active involvement in curricular development, partnerships with faculty and academic departments, awareness and promotion of emerging trends and resources, and direct engagement with students both within and outside of the classroom.

The library will promote community and collaboration by cultivating relationships across campus through sponsoring and participating in campus-wide activities, creative use of the library's physical and virtual spaces, service excellence, and dynamic teamwork among library staff to achieve unprecedented integration and flexibility.

Cell Phone Use Policy

Out of consideration for others, please set your cell phone to vibrate only. If you need to make or receive a call, please move to a stairwell, the café area, or entrance foyer.

Food & Drink Policy

The library provides vending machines and a coffee service, and you can also bring in your own food and drink. Please consume food only in the library’s café area. Drinks are welcome throughout the library as long as they are in containers with secure lids.

Book Donation Policy

Buswell Library is grateful to receive donated materials that are suited to an academic library collection. Such materials should be in good condition, clean, and without much if any highlighting or marginalia. Please note that we do not accept magazines, mass-market paperbacks, textbooks, books that treat their subject from a popular rather than scholarly point of view, or books that contain outdated information.

It’s a great idea to contact us before bringing us your donation. Please contact Joshua Avery at (630) 752-7434 or to discuss a book donation. If you are interested in donating materials of rare or historical value, or that relate to the history of the college, please contact Sarah Stanley at (630) 752-5707 or

If you would like a letter of acknowledgment for your donation, please tell us at the time you make the donation and provide us with your name and address. If you would like the letter to state the number of items you’ve given, please count the items before you give them to us and let us know the number.

According to federal law, we are prohibited from setting a monetary value on your gift. If you would like to claim your donation on your income tax return, please consult If you wish to have your donation appraised, please complete the appraisal process before turning the material over to us.

The library reserves the right to dispose of all donated materials according to our professional judgment. This means that we may decide to keep, give away, or sell what you donate.

Thank you for your support of Buswell Library.