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About the College Library: About


Our Mission

The College Library staff fosters a diverse community of lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and engaged citizens. We offer access to high quality resources, development of information literacy skills, and individual support for the success of our students, faculty, and professional staff. We advance academic excellence in learning, teaching, and research by connecting people, scholarly resources, and technology in comfortable and collaborative environments designed to support student success, personal growth, and thoughtful inquiry in the pursuit of a liberal arts education.

Our Vision

The College Library is a nexus of intellectual activity on campus, connecting people and resources in order to innovate, create, and share knowledge. We are advocates for our users' diverse needs and proactively pursue and advance initiatives in alignment with our identity and role as a leading liberal arts college library. Our expertise in information literacies, the scholarly publishing landscape (open access and affordability), and a commitment to the preservation and analysis of the College’s history lowers barriers to information and positions us as a leading contemporary college library.

Our Commitments and Values:

Informed by our community, we intentionally collaborate with students, faculty, and professional staff to further the College's goals, and encourage creative activity, scholarly engagement, and academic integrity. We take responsibility for fulfilling our mission, pursuing our vision and responding to a rapidly changing academic and higher education landscape.

The College Library:

  • Recognizes the strength and value in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff
  • Asks our communities and colleagues for input and welcomes constructive feedback
  • Acquires, preserves, and provides access to scholarly, diverse collections
  • Enables the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in all forms
  • Teaches the critical evaluation and use of information
  • Develops welcoming and creative services for our user communities
  • Provides safe, inclusive, and adaptable environments for individual and group work
  • Evolves personnel and positions to be responsive to user needs
  • Advocates for the use of open educational resources and open access to scholarship
  • Applies best practices and professional standards to inform decision-making
  • Approaches our work with a growth mindset and encourages informed experimentation

Adopted February 2017; Updated July 2023 

Shadek-Fackenthal Library & Martin Library of the Sciences

Shadek-Fackenthal Library










Shadek-Fackenthal Library (SFL)

Martin Library of the Sciences

Martin Library of the Sciences (MLS)

Shadek-Fackenthal was constructed in 1938 and renovated in 1983. Holdings include American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Athletics, Business, Classics, Dance, Economics, Education, English, Film, Government, History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater. 

Martin Library of the Sciences was built 1990 (dedicated 1991). Holdings include Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Environment, Health Sciences Information Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Archives & Special Collections. 

A brief history of the libraries can be found here.


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