Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Wallace Library


General Library Collections

  • Books

    The main book collection of the Wallace Library (Library of Congress classification A to M and P to Z) is located in the Stacks Level. Art books (classification N) are located on the first and second mezzanines of the Atrium and in the Clark Room on the level between the two mezzanines.

    To save space, oversize books are shelved in separate stack areas and marked Quarto, Folio and Oversize Folio. Quartos and Folios and Oversize Folios are in the second room of the Stacks Level, following the main A to M and P to Z section. Oversize art books are on an intermediate level between the two mezzanines of the Atrium.

    Also browse the New Books, shelved in the alcove on the right as you enter the Library Atrium, and the Faculty in Print collection in the Scholars' Lab.

    Books are listed in HELIN, Wallace Library's online catalog.

  • Reference Collection

    The Reference Reading Room houses the collection of up-to-date print scholarly resources. These resources include general and subject specific encyclopedias and dictionaries, atlases, directories, statutes, statistics, bibliographies, indexes and abstracts.

    Reference resources are listed in HELIN. However, students are encouraged to ask librarians for guidance in selecting and using both print and Electronic Resources.

  • Periodicals & Microforms
    • Periodicals
      The Library's collection of print periodical titles from 2000 to the present are shelved on the Current Periodicals Level (one flight down from the Main Level). As you enter this level from the stair tower, the current issues are on your right in the Browsing Area, arranged in a single A to Z alphabet by title.

      Periodical issues for the years 1900 to 1999 are housed in the compact shelving which is on the left hand side in the Stacks Level. These periodicals also are arranged in a single alphabet for all titles. One exception is the oversize periodicals, which are located in a separate section after the Z's. A frequently used title, Life, is shelved in this section, so be sure to notice the location designation Oversize Periodical in JournalFinder or HELIN.

      Pre-1900 periodical issues and issues in poor condition have been relocated to a closed storage area, designated in HELIN as Periodical Closed Storage. These issues can be accessed by contacting the Serials Department staff.

    • Microforms
      The Microform Room is located on the Periodicals Level of the Library. The largest portion of this collection is retrospective issues of periodical and newspaper subscriptions. In addition to subscription titles, the Library has a limited number of significant monographs and monographic collections on microfilm and microfiche. Titles of interest include the Gerritsen Collection of Women's History, 1543-1945, comprised of American, British and other English language monographs and periodicals; and British Trials, 1660-1900. Titles in the Microform Collection are listed in HELIN.
  • Audiovisual Materials

    The Library has a large circulating collection of films on DVD and VHS. Request this material at the Information Desk.

    The music CDs and cassette tapes collection supports the music curriculum and may be requested at the Information Desk for use within the Library.

    Films, CDs and tapes are listed in HELIN.

  • Music Scores
    • Circulating Music Scores
      The circulating collection of music scores includes standard early music, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Neo-classical compositions. Twentieth century scores include experimental forms, chance compositions, music in graphic notation and instructions for musique concrete. Also featured are musicals, operas, ethnic music and hymnals.

      The circulating music scores are located on the Stacks level opposite the Music Seminar Room. The collection is fully cataloged and listed in HELIN.

    • Noncirculating Music scores
      The Library has standing orders for complete works of selected composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart and Schoenberg. A portion of these works are in Urtext editions. Distinguished historical series also are collected, including Denkmaler, Nagels Musik-Archiv, Recent Researches, Hortus Musicus, Monuments of Renaissance Music, Music Britannica and Early Polish Music.

      The noncirculating music scores are located in the Music Seminar Room on the Stacks level. The collection is fully cataloged and listed in HELIN. Ask at the Information Desk for assistance with this collection.

  • Education Curriculum Collection

    The Education Curriculum Collection is located at the end of the Compact Shelving along the left wall of the first room of the Stacks Level.

    The collection consists of books, textbooks, teaching and curriculum guides, educational kits and other materials designed for use within the classroom.

    The Education Curriculum Library is fully cataloged in HELIN.

  • Faculty in Print
    The Library maintains a collection of publications by members of the Wheaton College faculty. These titles are on continuous display in the Scholars' Lab. Second copies of these titles are available in the circulating collection in the Stacks and may be checked out by authorized borrowers.

    The Wheaton Collection, shelved in the Archives Reading Room, is the most complete representation of publications by past and present faculty, staff and alumnae/i. Faculty in Print titles are listed in HELIN.

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