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Hewes Library

Collier Level (Upper Level)

  • Len G. Everett Art Galleries
    • Gallery 203 (Ancient Art & Antiquities)
    • Gallery 204 (Visiting Art Exhibitions)
  • Beveridge Special Collections
  • Monmouth College Archives
  • Native American Artifacts Display

Flynn Level (Main Level)

  • Information Systems Office
  • Web Services Office (Intertwined with Information Services) 
  • Einstein Brothers Bagel Café

Caterpillar Level (Lower Level)

  • Dahl Computer Lab  
  • Federal Depository of Government Documents
  • Barnes Electronic Classroom
  • Archaeology Lab 

Completed in 1970 and renovated in 2003, the library collections include over 350,000 books, government documents, bound periodicals and videos/DVDs. Hewes Library is the oldest continuing federal depository in the state of Illinois starting in 1860 and is the 4th oldest in the nation. Monmouth now receives about 16% of what the government publishes.

Through I-SHARE Monmouth students not only have access to the collections that the library has to offer, but they also have ready access to the resources of the 80 other academic libraries in Illinois that are participants in the ISHARE Library Catalog managed by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). Currently this combined collection totals over 10 million titles, and over 33 million items and includes over 1.2 million public domain titles in electronic form from the HathiTrust Catalog.  Average turnaround for I-SHARE requests is 3-5 days. 

Approximately 100 online databases are available through the library’s public workstations, as well as from computers in faculty office and residence halls. Students and faculty can  access these databases through the library’s homepage off-campus as well. 

Built in 1970, Chester and Mabel Hewes provided the $1 million naming gift. Renovation in 2001 was supported by a bequest from the Keith B. Capron estate, which was applied toward a challenge grant received from the Carver Charitable Trust, a major gift from trustee Ann Mack Collier ’63, another major gift from the estate of Virginia Braselton Flynn ’29 and an additional grant from the Caterpillar Foundation.