About the Library

The mission of the Malone University Library is to support the academic programs of Malone University by providing for the curricular and research information needs of its students, faculty, administrators, staff and community patrons.

In addition to the academic collection, the library maintains special collections in the areas of children's literature, curriculum materials, Graphic Novels and the Friends Library which houses historical and current books and documents related to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Of special interest are the historical materials from the University's beginnings as the Cleveland Bible College, and an extensive collection of religion materials.

Mission & History

Mission

The mission of the Malone University Library is to provide curricular materials, research information, and Christian spiritual development resources for Malone students, faculty, staff and library patrons and to provide instruction in the use of those resources and in general information literacy skills.

History

Malone University's library is named in honor of Everett L. Cattell, Ph.D., a former Malone president who also spent many years as a missionary in India. The building officially opened in 1972. The original collection of 62,000 books, which was physically carried from its former location in another campus building by Malone students and faculty in December 1971, has grown to more than 177,000 book and periodical volumes and more than 9,000 audiovisual materials. To increase our resources even more, Malone joined the OPAL (Ohio Private and Academic Libraries) consortium and later OhioLINK, two networks that provide access to millions of books, journal articles, and other library materials.

Special Features

Collections include rare historical materials from the University's beginnings as the Cleveland Bible College, an extensive collection of religion materials, and the Friends Library, which houses historical and current books and documents related to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Collection

The library is automated through the Innovative Interfaces Innopac (III) library automation system. The library is also a member of the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL) consortium, which consists of libraries from twenty-four colleges and universities. Through the OPAL Malone Catalog, the library provides access to the 3,000,000 volumes held by the OPAL consortium - noted as one of the best undergraduate collections in Ohio. Books can be requested by students from the campus, their homes, or their offices for delivery to the Malone library in about four days via statewide courier delivery. Through the online catalog, students can also discover what materials have been placed on library reserve by their instructors.

Special Collections

  • Friends Library
  • Curriculum Library
  • Music Library
  • Juvenile Collection
  • Graphic Novel Collection

OhioLINK

In addition to its membership in OPAL, Malone is a member of OhioLINK, a statewide central catalog and resource-sharing consortium for most of Ohio's universities and colleges. Malone students may order materials in OhioLINK's 35,000,000 item catalog for delivery. Students may also go to any OPAL or OhioLINK library and borrow items directly. Student requests for periodical articles, which can be supplied by OhioLINK libraries, are generally supplied at no charge. Government document materials can be obtained by interlibrary loan from depositories in the region, which include Mount Union University, Kent State University and the State Library of Ohio. The library is also a member of OCLC, which provides access to over 81,000,000 titles in over 29,000 libraries throughout the world. Through OCLC, the library can obtain virtually any book or periodical article through interlibrary loan.