The Everett L. Cattell Library is located at the heart of Malone’s campus. The structure, which was built in 1972, contains more than 145,000 books, CDs, audiovisuals, and periodical subscriptions selected to support the needs of Malone’s course offerings. In addition to the extensive selection of items in areas such as religion, education, nursing, and literature, it also features specialized collections in juvenile literature, educational curriculum materials, music CDs, government documents, a growing collection of DVDs, and a section devoted to Friends Church writings and information.
Malone’s library is a member of OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries), a consortium of libraries from twenty-four colleges and universities. Malone students can use the OPAL catalog to search Malone’s library collection, to check the availability of items placed on course reserve by professors, to renew books, or to access the 3,840,000 items held by the OPAL consortium. OPAL items can be requested from any on- or off-campus computer for delivery to the Malone library within four days via statewide courier delivery.
Through its participation in OPAL, Malone is also a member of OhioLINK, a statewide central catalog and resource-sharing consortium that includes most of Ohio’s universities and colleges. Malone students can order from OhioLINK’s more than 48 million items for delivery to Malone or any other OhioLINK library. Malone students may also go to any OPAL or OhioLINK library to borrow books directly. Nearby OPAL/OhioLINK libraries include The University of Mount Union, Kent State University, Walsh University, The University of Akron, and College of Wooster.
Regular Malone library books circulate to Malone students for three months or up to the end of the current semester. DVDs circulate for one week. Malone music CDs and books from other OPAL and OhioLINK libraries circulate for three weeks and can be renewed four times if no other requests are pending. Periodicals and reference materials must be used in the library.
Students can search more than 200 computer-based periodical indexes and reference databases, providing access to more than 48,000 full-text journals. Among these databases are Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, CINAHL (nursing), ERIC (education), Sport Discus, America History and Life, BIOSIS (biology), Education Research Complete, GPO (government documents), LexisNexis (Academic, Congressional), MEDLINE, and PsycINFO. The library also provides links to Mergent Online, ATLA Religion Database, Christian Periodical Index, and Social Work Abstracts.
Other services available at the library:
- 24 computers with Internet access and many software programs (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Black/white and color copiers and scanners
- Fax services for Malone students
- Microfilm/fiche reader/printers
Reference librarians are available to help with general research skills as well as specific informational questions. They can be reached by phone at 330-471-8314, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the library website instant messaging (MEEBO) box.
For assistance with basic library needs such as book check-outs, inter-library loan requests, renewals, etc., the circulation staff is available at 330-471-8317 or email@example.com.