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 accepts gift-in-kind of materials that would not otherwise be available to our users. To ensure that such gifts will be of use to the students and faculty of Wheaton College they are mediated. Buswell Library will not accept any donation without prior screening and authorization. After review and acceptance, the library can occasionally arrange to pick up gifts. In some instances, the library may also arrange for the shipment of books and other collection materials. Donors may request written acknowledgment of their gifts to the library.

When donating to Buswell Library it is important to remember that the library reserves the right to add the items to the collection, sell them to a third-party vendor, or handle them in any other way deemed appropriate.

To begin the process of inquiry regarding a book donation, please contact Joshua Avery at (630) 752-7434 or email 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

According to federal law, the library is 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 Buswell Library.