Miller Library

McPherson College’s Miller Library houses a collection of print materials with special collections, including an archive of periodicals, an automotive technology collection featuring many rare and hard-to-find items pertaining to vintage and classic cars, and material documenting the history of the Church of the Brethren and of McPherson College.

Students visiting the library will also find private and group study spaces, ample computer lab space, a music collection, and a collection of feature films on DVD. We offer comprehensive access to numerous online journal databases and participate in an interlibrary loan program, making it possible for us to get just about anything you might need to complete that research project!

IMPORTANT:  Our online catalog is broken. Hackers found the online catalog and the catalog was rendered useless.  We are in the process of fixing records, but at this point the catalog is unusable. We have ebooks and ejournals on every topic and we encourage you to visit our Online Resources page in order to access these.
UPDATE: As of September 27, we have 6,858 of over 80,000 print items in our catalog.  We have focused on our special collections and items that people have brought to check out.  Here is the link to see what is currently in the catalog.
If you need any other print item from the library, please contact library staff for assistance.

Whatever your library needs, just visit one of our librarians or student staff to begin exploring what Miller Library has to offer.


All items are checked out at the Public Services Desk. Present your college identification card. Area residents may check out with proper identification.


Most materials in Miller Library are in the General Collection.

000s-900s – Upper Level, north side
B Brethren (college and church history) – Lower Level, room 101
CUR Curriculum (materials for teacher education) – Lower Level, north side
J Juvenile (materials for teacher education)-  Lower Level, north side
Q Quarto (oversized) – Upper Level, west end  of north side
S Center for Science and Religion – Melhorn
T Auto Restoration Technology Special Collection – Main Level, southwest corner
Periodicals –Issues of most current print periodicals are on shelves on the main level. Past volumes are either bound or loose on the Upper Level, south side. Many full-text articles are available on the online databases. Please ask for assistance in locating periodicals.
Online Databases – Miller Library subscribes to many online databases, most of which contain full-text articles. Click here for a complete list.

Loan Periods

Periodicals – 3 days
Reserves – as specified by faculty member; in library use only, usually 2 hours
Interlibrary Loan – as specified by lending library; usually 3 weeks from the time the item arrives at Miller Library from the lending library.
Audio Visual materials – 3 days
Automotive Restoration Collection (both books and magazines) – n  library use only, 2 hours.
All other materials – 3 weeks
Any item that has been out for one month is subject to recall if needed by another patron.


Overdue Interlibrary Loan materials are fined $1.00 per day. Miller Library charges no fines for any other overdue materials; however, replacement costs and a processing fee will be assessed for any item damaged or not returned. Students will not be able to enroll for the next term until materials are returned and/or charges paid.

Interlibrary Loan

Books or periodical articles that you wish to use but are not available in Miller library may be requested on interlibrary loan through this form. Allow at least four days to two weeks. You will be notified when the item you have requested has arrived. It can be picked up at the Public Services Desk and must be returned to the desk by the due date. This date and possible renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.

Computers/Photocopies/Audio-Visual Equipment

The computers in Miller Library are available to McPherson College students, staff and faculty, and wireless access is available on all levels and printing is free. All McPherson College policies regarding computer use must be followed. A photocopying machine is available on the main floor. The charge is 10 cents per exposure. A scanner is available on the main floor.

Lamination services are available. Lamination is $ 1.00 per page.

Free Coffee

Free coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available – help yourself.

Hours When Classes In Session

Fall/Spring Semesters
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – Midnight
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed

When school is in session, research help is available
Sunday by appointment
Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 6 pm
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The library is staffed by trained student workers during other open hours.

Hours During Breaks
Announced prior to break via campus emails, web page, and signs on library doors. Closed weekends during breaks and when a holiday falls on a weekend or Monday.

Mary Hester
Mary Hester assumed the role of Director of Library Resources on July 1, 2011. Mary has her Master’s in Library and Information Science as well as a Master’s in Secondary Education. She has been an academic librarian since 2003. Prior to that, she was a K-12 public school librarian and a 9-14 educator. Contact her at

The librarian is on duty to help with research or other library use:
Sunday by appointment
Monday – Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The library is staffed by trained student workers during other open hours

The mission of Miller Library is to provide access to information and to instruct and assist stakeholders in locating, using, and evaluating this information.


  1. Provide resources that support the curriculum and mission of the college.
  2. Promote the library as a gateway to information and learning.
  3. Provide an atmosphere that is appealing to students while fostering student learning.
  4. Meld information literacy into the existing curriculum in order to teach students how to locate, use and evaluate information in a meaningful way.
Miller Library Purpose
Collection Management Policy for General Collection
Automobile Restoration (AR) Special Collection Collection Management Policy
Church of the Brethren Archives Policies
McPherson College Archives Policy
Miller Library Copyright Statement