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S. Arthur Watson Library / Media Center

Watson Library - Supporting Excellence in Teaching and Learning through information and media services and collections.

Watson Library supports the Mission of Wilmington College. The Library promotes the life-long development of information literacy among students, faculty, and staff.  The Library acquires and organizes collections of materials in a variety of formats to support the college curricula. Librarians respond to information needs by facilitating access to resources in many formats and locations. They provide assistance in the selection, evaluation, use, and presentation of resources.

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The Curriculum Lab collections for education majors include both audio-visual and print materials. Located in the Media Center, Curr Lab audio-visual resources are integrated with other holdings and include grade-level appropriate films and music, including many titles related to classic children's works. Located just behind the Juvenile book collection, the print Curr Lab contains text-books, student workbooks, teacher editions (not more than 10 years old), etc. that support the instruction of future classroom teachers in grades K through 12. Some specific subject areas include Art, Multi-Cultural Perspectives, Diversity Issues, and Language Arts.

Resources to support subject specialists are located appropriately within the Main collection. Curriculum resources related to peace education and conflict management are located in the Peace Resource Center (PRC) collection, listed in the Watson/OPAL catalog. Print materials must be checked out at the Circulation Desk or the PRC and circulate for three weeks. Currently all testing materials are held by the Education Department. Consult the OPAL online catalog for specific holdings and loan status. Additional materials are available through OhioLINK.


 Watson Library qualified in 1986 as an official depository for selected government publications provided by various federal government agencies and departments. The library currently selects 12 percent of all government publications that are offered. The selected items are in different formats: paper sheets, books, pamphlets, maps, posters, microfiche and online linked documents. As of December, 2005, almost all federal government documents were made available on the Internet (see GPO's Federal Digital System) with selected direct links provided in the OPAL and OhioLINK catalogs.  Other Federal Government finding aids:  Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) and MetaLIB, permitting federated searches for government documents across all branches of government.

The Watson Library Federal Documents Collection is promoted through a special display next to the Circulation Desk and through posters located in the area on the main level where the collection is housed.  The Library is accessible to those with physical disabilities and provides public computer access through a guest login supplied by a staff member.  Three  Reference Librarians and the manager of the collection are available to assist researchers and public visitors seeking government information, either in the Watson collection or via finding aids provided by the Federal government. 

The Library makes the collection accessible through its OPAL/Wilmington online catalog and users of the system are able to view/access the collections of other Ohio FDLP libraries as well. All Watson Library selected government documents are described and cataloged into the OPAL catalog using professional record standards/all are available for loan through the OCLC Interlibrary Loan system.   The Library is able to borrow circulating government documents from other libraries through a courier system and Interlibrary Loan.  Printing from online documents is available on a cost-recovery basis of 10 cents per page.  Documents may also be saved to a users own device or attached in email. 


Circulation Desk/Loan Services/Public Service

937-481-2345   Watson Library Direct Line During Open Hours
General Library Open Hours:
Please remember that our online virtual library (OPAL Proxy) is available any day, any time.
Special Collections (Quaker Rare, College Archives) are always by appointment only


Academic Year (Regular Hours)

Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 6 - 11 p.m.

Academic Year (Regular Hours During Semester Sessions):
Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturdays.
Closed Sundays.
During weekends or late evenings, check at the Library Circulation Desk for Course-Required Reserved Videos. These may be viewed
in-hourse in Student Lounge or Upper Level.
Reservations for equipment support are required at least 2 working
days in advance of event. Reservations are not official if you have
not received a direct Media Center confirmation of details.
Summer and Vacation Schedule:
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Evenings, Weekends, and Holidays
Summer and Vacation Schedule:
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Evenings, Weekends, and Holidays

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Watson Library Mission

Watson Library resonates with the Wilmington College Mission to educate, inspire, and prepare students for a life of success and service. In support of the Mission, Watson Library provides library services and collections to the widest possible community of seekers and learners. Watson Library's primary responsibility is to the students, faculty, and staff of Wilmington College.

Watson Library

  • Provides a welcoming and comfortable research and study facility on the Main Campus
  • Offers wireless Internet access as well as networked campus computers
  • For its Main Campus and Cincinnati program users researching online from any location and at any time, the library provides a robust Internet collection that includes e-books, e-references, online videos, more than 140 journal and other content databases, and several catalogs of resources
  • Acquires and organizes collections of materials in a variety of formats appropriate to the mission and curricula of the college and to serve the informational needs of users.
  • The library's research professionals work with faculty to build collections and work with faculty and students individually and in classes to provide assistance in selecting, evaluating, using, and presenting knowledge and information.

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Mailing Address:

S. Arthur Watson Library | Wilmington College | 1870 Quaker Way - Pyle 1227 | Wilmington, Ohio 45177

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