A Message from the Directors
Greetings and Welcome to the Oberlin College Libraries online!
As we all continue to learn new ways of navigating during a pandemic, we are delighted you stopped by to visit our website and we encourage you to explore our collection of resources that support learning, teaching, and research at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
The Oberlin College Libraries consist of the Mary Church Terrell Main Library (OC’ 1884; MA 1888; HON1948) (in the Mudd Center), the Clarence Ward Art Library (located in the Venturi Art Building), the Conservatory Library (within the Conservatory Complex), and the Science Library (in the Science Center) in addition to our Department of Special Collections and the College Archives which offer an extraordinary variety of digital and print resources.
Founded in 1834, just one year after the founding of Oberlin College, makes our libraries one of the oldest liberal arts college libraries systems in the nation. Our very first object-centered collection is the Anti-Slavery Collection, which includes a series of items currently used in coursework offerings at Oberlin.
The Oberlin College Libraries has an active and supportive patron group – the Friends of the Oberlin College Libraries and we encourage you to consider joining the Friends to receive our Library Perspectives newsletter and an invitation to attend our Annual Meeting in November each year.
To conclude, the Oberlin College Libraries have a profound commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and social justice. These principles shape our approaches in supporting the many literacies within our beloved institution. We aim to address the historical erasure of marginalized communities in our collections priorities, events, and activities. We affirm that Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with all of those striving to ensure racial justice internationally.
Be well and stay safe!
--Ken Grossi & Tracy Sutherland, Interim-Co Directors of Libraries