A Brief History
The library, named after George Arthur Keough, the University's first president, was established as a study and research center for the school at the very beginning of its existence. The first book entitled: A History of the Origin and Progress of the Seventh-day Adventists, by Ellsworth Olsen, was accessioned in August of 1939. This book can be found in the Heritage Section of the library. The book collection grew steadily over the years and by the mid 1960s, there were over 8,000 volumes in the stacks. The current total is about 21,000 volumes. This number includes Arabic texts, English texts, reference books, and a variety of audiovisual resources. Additionally, the library provides free access to online databases with more than 15,000 journals and periodicals.
A small part of what is now known as South Hall was the first home for the library. Later on, a fourth floor was added to University Hall, providing for the relocation of the library to half of the new floor space. In the spring of 2005, the library's floor space doubled when the entire floor of the renovated building was designated for library use.
Current Facilities, Services, and Rules
Library users will find an open stack arrangement facilitating easy browsing. There are individual tables for study, comfortable seating in the periodical/newspaper section, carrels for secluded private study, conference rooms for group study, online computers, and outlets for personal computers for wireless access to the internet.
The library serves the academic and intellectual development of students, faculty, and staff. Students are encouraged to use the library effectively for research, study, and preparation of class assignments. A workstation is also available for scanning, copying, and printing. During the course of the academic semesters, the librarian offers in-depth assistance for research.
The George Arthur Keough Library is part of a network of institutions around Lebanon and the globe, and Interlibrary loans provide access to the collected literary resources of these institutions.
For items that cannot be found at the University library, simply search the resources listed below. When you find the book you are searching for, download and fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form, then return to the library for processing.