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Hirons Library

The Hirons Library is dedicated to the support and enrichment of the college curricula through the provision of print and non-print materials to students and faculty and to furthering the cause of lifelong education through instruction in the effective use of library resources. A wide variety of services makes the library an important center of campus activity. J. Wilbur Hirons Library is named in honor of a former President of Beacom College, who oversaw the College during the pivotal formative years from 1935 - 1951. After the merger of Goldey and Beacom Colleges in 1951, he was elected chairman of the board and served until his retirement in 1969. His dedication to academic excellence is a guiding force in the College today.

The student is invited to:

  • Access a wide range of information in a variety of automated database systems.
  • Find the information needed to support course work in the library's specialized collection of books, journals, and audiovisual media.
  • Locate needed facts from a multitude of disciplines in the broad-based reference collection.
  • Learn lifetime library skills through specialized instructional programs and the friendly assistance of the trained library staff.
  • Use library materials in the comfort and quiet of individual study carrels or work with fellow students in one of five group study rooms.
  • Borrow materials from other libraries by using the interlibrary loan program.
  • View videotapes in the private audio-visual room.
  • Relax in the attractive lounge area which is conducive to browsing the current issues of local, national, and international magazines and newspapers.
  • Prepare for job interviews by using books and videotapes in the Career Center and by researching information on local and national firms in the Reference Collection.
  • Ask reference questions of our professional library staff via email
  • Use the convenient self-service photocopy and digital fiche machines.

Faculty and staff are served by:

  • A timely collection of professional educational literature--current journal subscriptions and books.
  • Regularly issued lists of new library acquisitions.
  • Help in the acquisition, through interlibrary loan of materials needed for advance degree study.
  • Instructional lectures in bibliographic and library research techniques given to classes by librarians upon request.
  • Help in the planning of library projects and reserve reading assignments.

If you have a Reference Question, please email our Reference Desk or call the Circulation Desk at (302) 225-6247.  Please visit Quick Facts for current library hours.