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Institutional Services

1. The Library:

  1. Mission

    The mission of the Library is to serve as a vibrant center of intellectual and cultural life at Hope College by assuming a significant educational role in a college community committed to excellence in learning and teaching.

  2. Buildings and Collections
    1. Van Wylen Library: Van Wylen houses the main collection and central library services for the college. It also contains the Curriculum Materials Library, Copy Works! and the TechLab.
    2. Many of the resources and services supporting the curriculum are available electronically from both on and off campus.

  3. Services

    Van Wylen Library offers reference, instruction, circulation of books, reserve circulation, interlibrary borrowing, and document delivery services. In addition to research assistance at Van Wylen Library’s Reference Desk, help is available to students, faculty, and staff online and by appointment.

    Van Wylen Library, in conjunction with other campus units, provides multimedia production services in the TechLab and at the Media Services Desk, a Hope Copy Works! Site. Services include assistance with computer software applications, audio and video editing, photocopying, scanning, poster production, and color laser printing. Van Wylen Library holds several computer labs, offers wireless internet access, and houses audio-visual playback equipment. Laptop computers are available for checkout.

    Van Wylen Library’s Granberg Room is a multimedia classroom available to the faculty by reservation for class use. The Library Teaching Lab (LTL) is equipped with ten student workstations and can be used for library instruction and computer-related instruction in other courses. Reservations may be made with the library’s administrative assistant.

    The library offers several faculty study carrels each year to faculty members who use the space while on sabbatical, conducting research, writing a book or article, etc. Faculty who would like to be considered for a study carrel should contact the library director or administrative assistant. Requests for Spring Semester and May Term may be made in October and November. Requests for Summer and Fall Semester may be made in March and April.

  4. Curriculum

    The library takes seriously its role as a partner in teaching students research and information literacy skills. Two courses in the curriculum are flagged as courses where students receive basic research education, First Year Seminar and Expository Writing (English 113). The librarians offer instruction for classes at all levels and in all curricular areas to help students make effective use of library resources and be prepared for graduate school or the workplace.

  5. Other Libraries

    The Beardslee Library of Western Theological Seminary, adjacent to the Hope campus, is available for use by the Hope faculty. Its holdings are included in the online catalog. Faculty may borrow materials from the seminary by using their Hope College ID card. Herrick District Library is also available for use, but faculty must register there for a public library borrower’s card. Other area libraries available for use include those at Davenport University in Holland, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, and the Grand Rapids Public Library. Faculty may also borrow materials from other libraries in Michigan through MeLCat, the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog. Requests for items from MeLCat can be initiated by individuals from the Hope College library catalog and are usually filled within a few days. Participating institutions include academic and public libraries.

  6. Selection of Books and Other Materials

    Library faculty work closely with faculty from other departments to select material in all formats. A member of each department is appointed to be the library liaison; their most important duty is to coordinate material orders from within the department. Faculty are expected to funnel purchase requests through the library liaison. Each librarian is assigned to work with a specific set of departments and serve as a primary contact point for information about library materials and services. Your departmental secretary knows who the liaison is for your department, and the library administrative assistant can tell you which librarian is assigned to work with you. Many tools exist to help both the liaison and the librarian evaluate possible materials purchases. Reports are provided monthly detailing materials ordered and received. The primary goal of this close collaboration is to build a purchased collection which supports Hope’s undergraduate curriculum and ensures that materials needed for course work will be available when needed.