The Charles F. Curry Library serves as the intellectual center of William Jewell College. Its mission is to provide information access, services and resources to meet present and future scholarly, instructional and community outreach needs of the William Jewell College community.
Curry Library is constantly developing its capacity to provide quality resources and services to meet the information needs of students, faculty, staff and community members. While the library’s primary emphasis is the support for campus programs and instruction and research, some services are also provided to members of the wider community.
Besides books (in excess of 250,000 volumes, with approximately 10,000 added annually) print journals and a selection of state and federal documents, the library is expanding its technological offerings through research databases, electronic books and journals and modern communications technology.
As a member of the regional Kansas City Metropolitan network and the statewide MOBIUS consortium, Curry Library provides access to works contained in many private and public libraries; we also gain the benefits of sharing resources for computerized purchasing, record keeping and reporting.
Our Special Collections Department houses the college’s archives, as well as collections of poetry, children’s literature, limited and first editions, fine printing, and religious works. We also host the William E. Partee Center for Baptist Historical Studies, a uniquely extensive collection of Baptist papers and important historical material.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of William Jewell College are always welcome at Charles F. Curry Library, to extend their knowledge and understanding of the world we live in. The library staff are also eager to learn of ways in which we can improve and extend our services.