Welch Library has more than 60,000 volumes in its general collection. Any students may check out (borrow) those in the circulating collection. Adult Degree Program students and Lifetime Learning students have the same borrowing privileges as other commuter students and dorm students. Both books and videos are housed in open stacks—the three floors that adjoin the circulation desk.
The reference collection includes encyclopedias, subject dictionaries, language dictionaries, indexes, atlases, concordances, and Bible commentaries. These books, whose call number begins with an “R,” cannot be checked out of the library. Reference is located on first floor of the old portion of the library. This is a good place to begin any research project.
The library’s reserve shelves have items that your teachers may require for additional reading and study. These items have restricted check-out periods, designated by the teacher who assigns them. Ask for these at the circulation desk.
You can find library materials by author, title, subject or key word by using the EOS automated catalog. After you log on to a library computer, click on the symbol for the catalog. You can type a key word in the search block, click enter, and get a list of any item in the library that includes that term. You can be more specific by choosing an “advanced search” that allows you to combine words for your search. You can also type in all or portions of titles and authors’ names. Build a bibliography by choosing “bibliography” and adding your search to the screen that comes up. This will allow you to sort, delete, and/or print the information about items you need. You can access the catalog through internet at: http://fwbbc.edu/CurrentStudents/library.html or through the library’s web page at http://welchlibrary.wordpress.com.
The music collection has more than 3000 scores and recordings, including the Sarah Lacey Nicholas Music Collection. Recorded music, both vinyl and cd, and some audiovisuals are housed on second floor.
The Curriculum Lab has more than 3000 items to acquaint teachers with materials they will use in the classroom.
The Free Will Baptist Historical Collection contains approximately 6000 books or other items related to denominational history. Items from this special collection are usually not taken out of the library. The men’s and women’s bathrooms are also on second floor.
The Ministry Lab houses audiovisual and computer materials for ministerial training students—with a special emphasis on comfort for long days of study.
The periodical room displays over 100 current subscriptions to a wide selection of magazines and journals, as well as subject indexes for using them. You may also use a variety of indexes through library databases.
The third floor stores back issues of periodicals. These are located in alphabetical order in the large room on the left.