Welch Library has more than 65,000 volumes in its general collection. All students may check out (borrow) those in the circulating collection. Adult Degree Program students and Online 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, with call numbers beginning 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. With the help of a librarian, you may set up and EOS account to see your check-out history and develop lists of resources which can be saved, emailed, or printed. You can access the catalog through the internet at: http://f94016.eos-intl.net/F94016/OPAC/Index.aspx 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 and some audiovisuals are housed on second floor. Remember that you may also access most classical pieces from the online Naxos Music Library. Please see a librarian for log-in information.
The Curriculum Lab has more than 3000 items to acquaint teachers with materials they will use in the classroom, including teacher’s editions of textbooks, workbooks, and even lesson planning materials. There is also a collection of great works of children’s literature that are available for circulation.
The Free Will Baptist Historical Collection contains items related to denominational history. Items from this special collection are usually not taken out of the library.
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 50 current subscriptions to a wide selection of magazines and journals, as well as subject indexes for using them. You may also access a variety of indexes through library databases such as ATLA, JSTOR, and Proquest.
The third floor stores back issues of periodicals. These are located in alphabetical order in the large room on the left.