About the Library

The library provides print and electronic resources to support the University curriculum, consultation and interlibrary loan services to aid research and instruction in the discovery and use of information sources. Comfortable seating areas on three floors allow for individual, group, or quiet study. A computer lab, the Walker Active Learning Center and an after-hours study, home of Lounge Twelve, round out the space. Special collections include the University archives, Brethren historical materials and the peace studies collection.

Library Policies


Manchester students, faculty, and staff must present a valid Manchester University ID.

Borrowing privileges for alumni and the general public may be purchased by those 18 years and older. Application forms are available at the access services desk. Fees are $15 for alumni and $30 for the general public, good for one year from the date of purchase. Six month privileges are available at half price.

Manchester community school teachers, clergy employed at local churches, and area and retired Church of the Brethren clergy may request a courtesy card for free borrowing privileges.


MaterialLoan PeriodItem Limit
Books30 daysnone
DVDs 3 days3
Reference Books2 hours3
Laptops3 days1
Phone Chargers 2 hours1
Dry Erase Boards & Markers4 hours1
Headphones4 hours1
External CD/DVD Drive4 hours1
  • Materials may be renewed in person, by phone, or by logging in to your library account.
  • Items will not be renewed if they have been requested by another patron.
  • Circulation of reference and reserve materials, AV items and periodicals is limited to Manchester University ID holders.
  • Reference, AV items and periodicals can be used in-house by any patron.

Interlibrary Loan

Please see the Interlibrary Loan page.

Laptop Loans

Students, faculty, and staff may borrow laptops at the access services desk. All borrowers must read and sign a copy of the Laptop Borrower's Agreement, which will be kept on file.

Laptop Borrower's Agreement - Faculty/StaffLaptop Borrower's Agreement - Students


There are no daily fines for books, but overdue notices will be sent after 3 days, 13 days, and 23 days past the due date. A fourth notice, after 33 days, will be accompanied by a replacement bill.

Replacement fee for in-print materials is the cost of the replacement plus a non-refundable $10 service charge. Replacement fee for out-of-print materials is a flat $30 plus a non-refundable $10 service charge.

Fines will be assessed for ILL, reserves, AV materials, and laptops:

  • Interlibrary loan materials: $1.00 per day ($20 max)
  • Reserve materials: $1.00 per item per hour ($20 max)
  • Recordings, DVDs and periodicals: $1.00 per item per day ($20 max)
  • Laptops and power cords: $5.00 per item, per hour ($50 max)

Fines can be paid in person with cash or check. To use a card, please visit this website. Please be sure to check how much you owe before making your online payment.

Archives and Special Collections

For access to the archives, Special Collections, or the Brethren Collection, please call in advance: 260-982-5361. Visiting researchers are encouraged to schedule an appointment.


Copying and printing are via Printing@MU. Printers are located on the main level of the library and in the computer lab on the lower level. Twenty-four-hour printing is available in Wilbur's.


The library no longer seeks donations of used books and periodicals. Except for certain special works, usually pertaining to the history of the University or the Brethren Historical Collection, we only accept items meeting all of the following criteria:

  • Are within the scope of our current curricular interests
  • Are in new or like new condition, with books preferably clothbound
  • Do not duplicate something we already own
  • Generally are recently published

Prior arrangements must be made with the Library Director, including the submission of a list of titles.

Last updated November 15, 2021