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Mission and Statistics

Library Mission

Townsend Memorial Library supports the University's mission. The library faculty and staff are committed to quality service, continuous learning, and academic excellence in a Christian context.

Library faculty and staff will provide access to a wide range and depth of resources and will teach critical skills to find, evaluate, and synthesize useful materials supporting curricular, vocational, and life-long learning needs.

The library cooperates in the development, implementation, and integration of campus electronic information policy. The library will support instruction, research, creativity, and the advancement and transmission of knowledge as the University prepares students for careers and community service. The library will provide an intellectual refuge of supportive and open inquiry to students and faculty as an integral part of effective teaching in a Christian environment.

Library Statistics as of June 1, 2018

  • Library physical address: 304 Vann Circle
  • Total titles/volumes: 224,764/219,124
  • Number of physical volumes: 189,634
  • Total AV titles/pieces: 5562/6690
  • Total CD titles/pieces: 2205/2397
  • McFadden titles/volumes: 827/936
  • LAC titles/pieces: 9546/12474
  • Bound periodicals: 26
  • Microfilm reels: 612
  • Microfiche pieces: 1905
  • Current periodical titles: 541 (163 print; 374 online; 4 newspapers)
  • Databases: 165
  • Electronic resources available through Discovery: 1,046,172 eBooks,
    3,842 eNewspapers, 357,864 full-text eJournals, 14,714 streaming
    videos, & 2,378,982 classical music tracks
  • Total circulation: 11,713
  • Interlibrary loan: (to other libraries) 401
  • Gate count: 64,281
  • Hours open: 98.5
  • Student headcount: 3876 (Fall’20)
  • Student FTE Fall 2020: 3576
  • Faculty: 190
  • Carnegie Classification: DRU Doctorate


Page last updated September 02, 2020