About the Library

Mission & History


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 other library patrons and to provide instruction in the use of those resources and in general information literacy skills.

View the Malone University Mission, Foundation Principles and Doctrinal Statements here


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 145,000 book and periodical volumes. To increase our resources even more, Malone joined the OPAL (Ohio Private and Academic Libraries) consortium and later OhioLINK. When our resources are combined with those two networks, the Cattell Library provides access to millions of books, journal articles, and other library materials. Students can order physical items for automatic delivery to our campus and can access electronic materials directly from our library's webpage.


The university's librarians actively curate a collection that supports the teaching, learning, and research needs of current Malone students and faculaty. The library also holds the historical archives for Malone University and for the Evangelical Friends Church--Eastern Region (EFC-ER).

Special Collections

  • Friends Library = publications relating to the Evangelical Friends Church
  • Curriculum Library = K-12 teaching aids
  • Music Library = scores, hymnals, musical CDs and vinyl record albums
  • Juvenile Collection = picture books through young adult literature
  • Graphic Novel Collection = all levels