Mission Statement

The mission of the library is to facilitate the leadership, service and social justice education of the American Baptist College community by providing access to quality resources that undergird the professional, academic, personal growth of its students and faculty. Through the use of technology and instruction, the library creates a collaborative and interactive learning center that inspires the community in all area of the lives and presents American Baptist College as a leader in academic research on black church and social justice.

Susie McClure Learning Commons

The ways in which students research and receive information has challenged the library community to take a deeper look into the services we provide. The Susie McClure Library is proud to adopt a learning commons model to undergird the community of American Baptist College.

The Susie McClure Library learning commons is more than just a library with a computer lab. It is specifically designed with versatile spaces for students to collaborate and create. The Reading Room provides students with collections from biblical scholars such as Dr. Renita J Weems to activist Harmon Wray. The building has wireless throughout and a seminar classroom that can hold up to thirty students.

The password for the wireless network is a1234567.

The library is fitted with interactive panels on every floor that turns just about every space into an opportunity for classroom learning. Two monitors adorn the foyer area allowing students to receive campus announcements, as well as conduct research through documentaries and videos. To encourage dialogue among the campus community, student’s works created through the use of digital media are featured. The chapel area is outfitted with a camera and a sound system that provides video and audio feed in other rooms of the library. Students can now participate and dialogue on current events in ways they could not before.

The library has always been a hub for students. The infusion of technology has led to a partnership with the department of Student Activity Affairs.  Themed events are now coordinated with the library that not only increase student use of the facility but engage the surrounding community. Students are encouraged to use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to document their activities.

Library Hours

The library is open from 10am-10pm Monday thru Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted. Holiday hours will be posted and are subject to change.

The library staff asks that all food be consumed in designated areas. Drinks in covered containers can be used throughout the library.

The learning commons model of the Susie McClure Library encourages creative dialogue. We ask that you are respectful of other patrons.

For more library policy information, click on the link: Library Policies 2018

To order a book, click here.