Meet the Library: Technical Services and Systems

If you have ever used any resource provided by Van Wylen library, whether print or electronic, you owe your access to that resource to Technical Services and Systems. This department of the library, housed on the first floor, has two functions. The technical services aspect is responsible for ordering, cataloging, and processing new materials in […]

Collection Highlights: Oscar Winners

The 82nd annual Academy Awards will take place this Sunday in California. Even though Hope College may be far from the handing out of the golden statuettes, Van Wylen has many Oscar winning movies in its collection to help you get in the spirit of the awards. In the videorecording section on the second floor, […]

Collection Highlights: New Acquisitions

Interested in the library’s newest materials? Look no farther than the new acquisitions shelves, located on the first floor to the right of the Project Room. The materials on these shelves are arranged by the date they were added to the library’s collection, with the new books on the left, the newer books in the […]

Meet the Library: Music Library

The music library is a specialized branch of Van Wylen that, as the name suggests, contains the library’s music collection. Located on the east side of Nykerk Hall, this branch of the library includes performance materials such as scores, CDs and DVDs of a musical nature, and a substantial amount of scholarly and instructional material […]

New JSTOR Collections Added

One of the research databases Hope College subscribes to is JSTOR. This nonprofit organization began in 1995 with the intent of preserving scholarly writing in digital and print form. By making this information available on the Internet, libraries would be able to save space, keep information constantly available to everyone with no risk of loss, […]

Japanese Ceramics Display

Another recently updated display in Van Wylen Library is the Japanese ceramics display, located on the first floor to the left of the staircase. The bowl and platter that are currently featured were both created by artist Ito Motohiko. Though interested in drawing as a child, Motohiko studied ceramics at Tokyo Art University and has […]

Highlighting Rare Books: The Birds of America

John James Audubon (1785-1851) is one of the best-known ornithologists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Born in present-day Haiti as the illegitimate son of a French merchant and Creole woman, Audubon moved to France with his father when he was five years old. It was there that he first developed a particular interest in […]

Highlighting Rare Books: Bible from 1611 on Display

One of the most influential books in the English language is the King James, or Authorized, Version of the Bible. This version of the Bible came about as a result of the Hampton Court, held in 1603 by King James I of England. Over the course of three and a half years, 47 individuals split […]