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 

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, entrance foyer, or the café area.

Food & Drink 

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.

Materials Donations 

Buswell Library no longer accepts most donations of books and other materials for the general collections. Buswell Library will not accept any donation without prior screening and authorization. Buswell Library does not provide appraisals on donated items. If you have items you would like to be considered for donation, please contact the designated librarian to discuss your donation.

Buswell Library
Buswell Library may accept donations of items that align with our overall collection strategy. Please contact Joshua Avery at or (630) 752-7434 to begin the process of making a donation to the general collections of Buswell Library.

Serials and Periodicals
Buswell Library may accept donations of serials (journals, magazines, and newspapers. Please contact Megan Ruenz at or (630) 752-7654 to begin the process of donating serials or periodicals.

Rare or Historical Items
Buswell Library occasionally accepts the donation of materials that are rare, have historical value, or relate to the history of Wheaton College. Please contact Katherine Graber at or (630) 752-5959 to begin the process of donating rare items.

Buswell Library may accept donations of items that align with the collection strategies of HoneyRock. Please contact Steve Oberg at or (630) 752-5852 to begin the process of donating items for HoneyRock.

For full details about materials donations, you can visit Buswell Library's Materials Donation Policy.