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Miller Library

General Info

McPherson College’s Miller Library houses a collection of over 85,000 print materials with special collections, including an archive of periodicals, an automotive technology collection featuring many rare and hard-to-find items pertaining to vintage and classic cars, and  material documenting the history of the Church of the Brethren and of McPherson College.

Students visiting the library will also find private and group study spaces, ample computer lab space, a music collection, and a collection of feature films on DVD.  In addition, we offer comprehensive access to numerous online journal databases and participate in an interlibrary loan program, making it possible for us to get just about anything you might need to complete that research project!

Whatever your library needs, just visit one of our librarians or student staff to begin exploring what Miller Library has to offer.

Library Services


Our online catalog is available on all library and campus computers and can be accessed from off-campus as well.


All items are checked out at the Public Services Desk. Present your college identification card. Non-campus patrons may obtain a card with proper identification.


Most materials in Miller Library are in the General Collection.

000s-900s – Upper Level, north side

B Brethren (college and church history) Lower Level, room 101
C Control (ask at Public Services Desk)
CUR Curriculum (materials for teacher education) Lower Level, north side
J Juvenile (materials for teacher education) Lower Level, north side
Q Quarto (oversized) East side of Music Room
S Center for Science and Religion, Melhorn
T Auto Restoration Technology Special Collection Main Level, southwest corner

Periodicals: Issues of most current volumes are on shelves on the main level. Past volumes are on the upper level either bound or loose or on the lower level in microform. Many full-text articles are available on the online databases. Please ask for assistance in locating periodicals.

Online Databases: Miller Library subscribes to many online databases, most of which contain full-text articles. Click here for a complete list.

Loan Periods

Periodicals – three days
Reserves – as specified by faculty member; usually 2 hours
Interlibrary – as specified by lending library; usually 3 weeks from the time the item arrives at Miller Library from the lending library.
Audio Visual materials – 3 days
All other materials – 3 weeks
Any item that has been out for one month is subject to recall if needed by another patron.


Overdue Interlibrary Loan materials are fined $1.00 per day.
Miller Library charges no fines for any other overdue materials; however, replacement costs and a processing fee will be assessed for any item damaged or not returned. Students will not be able to enroll for the next term until materials are returned and/or charges paid.

Interlibrary Loan

Books or periodical articles that you wish to use but are not available in Miller library may be requested on interlibrary loan;  use the form on the library’s web page. Allow at least four days to two weeks. You will be notified when the item you have requested has arrived. It can be picked up at the Public Services Desk and must be returned to the desk by the due date. This date and possible renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.

Computers/Photocopies/Audio-Visual Equipment

The computers in Miller Library are available to McPherson College students, staff and faculty, and wireless access is available on all levels. All McPherson College policies regarding computer use must be followed. A photocopying machine is available on the main floor. The charge is 10 cents per exposure.

Lamination services are available. Lamination is $ 1.00 per page.

Free Coffee

Free coffee and tea are available – help yourself. Please do not have food or drinks near the computers.