Christmas Media

Looking to get in the holiday spirit? The library has many Christmas music CDs available. You can check out sound recordings of every Vespers since 1993 and DVDs of Vespers since 1991. There are also many other Christmas CDs available, ranging from A Bach Christmas to Silly Christmas Songs. The library has several classic Christmas […]

Meet Mathilde

Van Wylen Library users have probably noticed the marble bust directly to the left of the main entrance of the library. This exquisite piece of art depicts Laetitia Mathilde Frédérique Aloissia Elizabeth Bonaparte, the niece of Napoleon, though around the library she just goes by Mathilde. Hiram Powers, an American sculptor from Vermont, formed the […]

Newspapers at Van Wylen

Journalism and newspapers have been called the “fourth branch of the government” by some because of their importance to self-government. In reporting on decisions made by government leaders both at state and national levels, the press allows citizens to make informed choices regarding those in office, a necessary aspect of democracy. However, with the rise […]

Recent Additions to Credo Reference

Credo Reference is one of the many online reference sources Van Wylen Library subscribes to. This source allows users access to over 3 million full-text entries from nearly 500 titles by either searching for a certain topic or phrase within the whole database or by searching or browsing within a specific book. The database is […]

Meet the Library: Reference and Instruction

The Reference and Instruction department of Van Wylen Library performs an integral role in the library mission. In addition to helping students and faculty individually with research, the reference and instruction librarians work with many different Hope classes, including every First Year Seminar, all sections of English 113, and numerous upper-level courses. Priscilla Atkins is […]

Collection Highlights: Sustainability

In light of Hope College’s recent sustainability initiative, Van Wylen library would like to highlight some of the resources it has related to this topic. The library has resources for many subjects related to sustainability, such as sustainable development, environmentalism and green technology. The sources in these collections range from physical books on the shelves […]

Visiting Writers Series: Susan Choi

The Fall 2009 portion of the annual Jack Ridl Visting Writers Series wrapped up on Thursday with a reading by novelist Susan Choi. In addition to having authored the Pulitzer Prize finalist novel American Woman, Choi has written two other full length novels, The Foreign Student and Person of Interest. She has also been published […]

FLIP Camcorders

Van Wylen Library recently purchased four new Flip UltraHD video cameras, which are available for checkout at the Media Services desk on the second floor. These hand-sized camcorders digitally record up to two hours of video with the push of a button. Any member of the Hope community can use one of these camcorders, though […]

Meet The Library: MeL and ILL

Even though Van Wylen Library has 370,000 print volumes and has access to 20,000 electronic serial titles, sometimes you may need to access a book or article the library doesn’t have. If this happens, the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) can help you out. MeL is a service that lends books and […]