Faculty Teaching Support

Collection Development

We encourage all faculty at Wheaton to help us build library collections that closely match the college curriculum and the needs of our students. Each academic department or program has a designated librarian who ensures that acquisitions funds are expended well. Please contact your subject librarian to find out how to become involved in recommending library materials.

Course Reserves

Course reserves are kept at the Circulation Desk and circulate for two hours (with one renewal), or, three days (with one renewal). Reserves will default to two hours, but faculty can request three-day reserves if needed. Faculty can request items to be placed on reserves that are currently a part of the library's collection or from a personal collection.

To place library items on course reserves, please use one of these options:

  • Create an online course list through resourcelists.library.wheaton.edu
  • Bring the desired item(s) to the Circulation Desk at least 3 days before they need to be on reserve. Complete the paper form designating the course code, name, and time period for reserve access.

To place items from your personal collection on reserve, please use the paper form at the Circulation Desk in the Library (Main). If the item you want to place on reserve needs to be purchased, please coordinate with the appropriate subject librarian.


LibGuides are easy-to-use, online templates that enable you to post and/or link material relevant to your courses and direct your students to library resources. If you would like a LibGuide created for your course(s), please contact your subject librarian.

Library FAQs


Research Instruction

As of fall 2016, undergraduate students receive sequenced research instruction in the information literacy component of Christ at the Core. Beyond this sequence, customized instruction is available for all other courses, both undergraduate and graduate, at your request. In consultation with you, your subject librarian can prepare and deliver instruction that is tailored to particular assignments, topics, or skills. We can also advise you on developing assignments that will make effective use of library resources and help meet your teaching objectives. 

Student Plagiarism

Wheaton students know that plagiarism is wrong, but often lack precise knowledge about what does and does not constitute plagiarism in a given instance. To make this judgment even harder, the definition of plagiarism varies somewhat from one scholarly discipline to another, and expectations also differ across the globe. International students especially may appreciate explicit guidance.

The library faculty have prepared a tutorial that provides clear, practical examples of plagiarism and borderline plagiarism according to commonly held American standards. As such, the tutorial serves as a practical application of the college’s Plagiarism Policy.

Please consider assigning or recommending this tutorial in your courses. When the student completes the tutorial, a certificate can be printed as proof of successful completion. For more information, please contact research.help@wheaton.edu.

Teaching Space

The following spaces are available for class sessions or other instructional activities in which students require ready access to library resources.

  • Reservations can be placed in 25Live.
  • Semester-long or quad-long reservations will not be accepted for any of the library labs. Buswell 133 (Library Seminar) and Buswell 126 (Hoisington) are handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • For more information about reservations, please contact library.admin@wheaton.edu
  • Academic software is installed on library computers. If you require other software, please contact. ait.service.desk@wheaton.edu at least 3 weeks before the beginning of the semester. Due to system requirements and software incompatibilities, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to install the software you request.
  • See our exam week policy if you're interested in reserving a computer lab during finals week.


Hoisington Conference RoomLibrary room 126

20 seats. Smart classroom (networked computer, DVD/CD player, projector), whiteboard, lectern.

Library Seminar RoomLibrary room 133

18 seats. Smart classroom (networked computer, DVD/CD player, projector), Music Cabinet (CD, cassette, LP record, VHS, and DVD players), whiteboard, lecturn.

Archival Seminar RoomBilly Graham Hall room 309

24 seats. Smart classroom (networked computer, DVD/CD player, projector), whiteboard, lecturn.

Library Computer Labs (can be reserved separately, or combined into one space)

Lab A: 30 PC workstations, one instructor workstation with projection to screen

Lab B: 16 desks, one instructor workstation with projection to screen

Both labs have the following features:

  • A touchscreen to allow on-screen annotations
  • Personal laptops can be connected and projected
  • Apple TV with AirPlay, to allow teaching from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch