At Wheaton, we instill in students an ability to think critically and to seek and find knowledge.
Wheaton's students, faculty, and staff constantly partner with the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library on academic and intellectual activities, in their ultimate pursuit of knowledge. The Wallace Library—located in the heart of campus—offers the community extensive tangible and digitized resources from the library, collections, and the Gebbie Archives & Special Collections. With an investment in the library and archives, you help maintain Wheaton's rich history as well as provide materials such as textbooks and databases, technology resources, and study spaces needed by students to succeed academically at Wheaton.
Wheaton Fund donations will help support:
Gebbie Archives & Special Collections
The archival collections contain a multitude of primary source materials relating to Wheaton College and its long, spirited history. These include administrative records of Wheaton Female Seminary and Wheaton College, college publications, papers and manuscripts of the Wheaton family, alumnae classes and faculty, photographs, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia, audio and videotapes of Wheaton events, materials related to student organizations and academic pursuits and the records of the Alumni Association.
Madeleine Clark Wallace Library
Top five highlights of Wheaton's library and resources:
- The library is open 114 hours a week. During Night Owl (the last two weeks of the semester), it is open 24/7!
- Readings assigned for students' classes are often placed on electronic course reserves, available 24/7! For books and films on reserve, students can ask for assistance from a library staff member or student-employee at the Information and Circulation Desk.
- If students need a study space, there are many quiet places in the library. If they are working on a group project, they can reserve a collaboration room many of them have flat-screen TVs that can be connect to one's laptop.
- Community members can access over 185,000 ebooks, 77,000 journals and newspapers, 81,000 streaming videos, and 100 research databases 24/7 from anywhere! Plus, the library has thousands of print books and DVDs, and rare books and archival material, too. Just search in the library catalog to find all this and more.
- If students cannot find the resources they need, they can request books from libraries in the HELIN consortium right from inside the library catalog. Also, students can have the library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department order books and journal articles for them from other libraries worldwide.
Physical and Electronic Collections
The collections of the Wallace Library are varied and unique. The library strives to provide resources that support current coursework and research as well as anticipated future needs. With new formats, technologies, and changes in access, they focus on selecting materials that are scholarly, authoritative, and timely to sustain the curricular needs of our connected and foundational courses.