Main Library Collections

Main Circulating Collection

The Circulating collection is open stacks and self-service. Users will find print materials on the second and basement floors of the Library. Print materials are also in the basement annex corridor and annex.

As of May 2008, the Library began the use of two classification schemes to organize the collection, Decimal Dewey Classification and Library of Congress Classification. Books with Library of Congress call numbers are shelved in LC Collection located in the compact shelving area on the basement floor.

Reference Collection

The Reference collection is an open stacks collection that includes reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, abstracts, bibliographies, and other resources. All materials are located in the Learning Commons on the Library's main floor. Reference materials do not circulate and must be kept in the Learning Commons.


Current unbound periodicals and journals are in Learning Commons; most bound periodical and journals are in compact shelves in the basement. Bound periodicals with titles beginning with "METHODIST" are on the basement floor hallway near the restrooms. Bound and current periodicals and journals do not circulate. 

Other Materials

Audio-Visual Collection
The Library has a collection of audiocassettes, slides, videotapes, DVDs, music CDs, and multimedia CDs on a range of topics. They are stored in the Audio-Visual room on the second floor of the library. Users may listen to or view the material in the Library using the available equipment. Users may also check out such materials.
Conference Journals
The Library collects Conference journals of the United Methodist Church and predecessor bodies. Please ask for assistance in locating the individual journals. These items do not circulate. 

Doctor of Ministry Project-Papers

The D.Min. Project-Papers are a collection of the bound final projects of Wesley's D.Min. candidates. The papers are shelved in the Reading Room. The projects do circulate.

Microforms Collection
The Library has both microfiche and microfilms available for users. The microforms consists of older works, periodicals, and journals. Microforms do not circulate. However, users may make copies for $.15 per exposure, payable at the Circulation Desk.

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