Musselman Library, a Georgian colonial-style building, was constructed in 1930 through a gift from Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Musselman and enlarged in 1965. From its beginnings with stack space planned for 30,000 volumes, the library has grown to include over 156,000 volumes. The library collections feature resources in many formats, from print and electronic journals to microforms and videos, all in support of study and research at Bluffton University. The library is a selective depository for government publications.
Through membership in the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) and OhioLINK consortia, Bluffton students, faculty and staff have access to materials held in over 70 college and university libraries throughout the state. Interlibrary loan extends the research options to resources from libraries across the nation. The library Web site offers a gateway to the many resources and services of the library, including research databases, electronic journals and books, and digital media resources.
Special collections in the Musselman Library include the Bluffton University Archives and the Mennonite Historical Library. The Archives holds the records for Bluffton University, the Central District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church, various Mennonite mutual aid organizations, and the Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission. The Mennonite Historical Library, established in 1935 by Dr. C. Henry Smith, features materials reflecting the Anabaptist-Mennonite background of the college constituency and its Swiss tradition. These special collections provide rich resources for use by the Bluffton University community and visiting scholars.
Librarians at the Musselman Library offer several levels of assistance, from answering quick reference questions to guiding a literature search. Using the full range of printed and electronic resources, the reference staff provides the support needed to locate and obtain research materials in and beyond the library's collections. Information literacy emphasis begins with an introduction to the library for students in First Year Seminar and continues to course-integrated research instruction.
Bluffton is among the nation's high tech colleges with over 1600 data ports, 150 public access computers, and extensive use of information technology across the curriculum. Bluffton students, faculty and staff enjoy access to the World Wide Web and a wealth of digital library resources in residence halls, library and shared computing centers.
Students register and access course materials online and each residential student has a high speed Internet connection in their room to ensure 24-hour access.
Centennial Hall, our academic center, features fourteen high tech classrooms that are wired for portable users, and the Technology Center provides a place to develop multimedia projects and access the latest digital tools including video editing. The Marbeck center also offers students computing and printing and an extensive wireless access zone.
We provide a Help Desk, for-credit classes and a variety of support services for technology users at al levels. We also provide all students with current Microsoft Office applications and McAffee anti-virus protection through campus agreements.
The Technology Center staff provides assistance with diverse computing applications and digital media over 80 hours per week. Technology related academic programs include computer science, information systems, information technology and graphic design. Our goal is for all Bluffton students to graduate with the technology skills needed for professional success and lifetime learning.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center provides academic and personal support in the forms of study groups, tutoring, workshops, and individual consultations and follow-up. The center works with students on developing and/or refreshing skills in areas such as time management, note taking, reading, writing, mathematics, test taking and stress management.
The director of the center also serves as the counselor for disability services.
Any student admitted to Bluffton University who has submitted documentation identifying a learning disability has the right to request and receive modifications in accordance with Title V, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The mission of Disability Services at Bluffton is to ensure that students with disabilities are provided access to all programs in order to maximize their educational potential, to develop independence to the fullest extent possible, and to enable individuals with disabilities to perform at a level limited only by their abilities, not their disabilities. The Counselor for Disability Services interviews students with documented disabilities in order to determine the appropriate accommodations. Students who show some academic difficulties that interfere with their learning abilities may be referred for testing.
Many departments provide tutoring services for both departmental and general education courses. Students needing tutoring services should ask their instructors about tutoring services provided for their courses. Students also can consult with the appropriate department chair or the Learning Resource Center.
The Writing Center provides free, individualized tutoring in college writing for all registered Bluffton University students. Upper-class writing tutors provide help in generating and developing ideas, organizing information and correcting grammatical errors. Students can receive help on assignments from any course and on application letters for jobs or graduate and professional schools. ESL students are also encouraged to use this resource.