New to Wheelock?

Here are some things to know when using the library:

  • Restrooms (indelicately labeled ‘Toilet’) are located on LL, 1M, 2M, 3M, 4, and 4M.
  • The library has 9 levels but only 4 numbers because of our many mezzanines – it confuses all of us. Fortunately, the stairwells are labeled so you can find what you need.
  • The Reference Librarian wants you to ask her/him questions
  • If we don’t have it, we can get it! Let us know what books, articles, and resources you need.
  • We don’t charge fines but appreciate timely return of materials. Other libraries in our consortium do charge fines, so be aware of lending policies when using InterLibrary Loan.
  • We have laptops for you to borrow (library use only) – ask at the circulation desk.

Visit our website for more information or stop by, say hello, and pick up a copy of our Library Guide on floors 1, 1M and 2. It has a listing of what’s on each floor, as well as information on our services and collections, all in convenient booklet form!

The Marjorie Bakken Collection: Children’s Response to September 11th

With the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks drawing near, there are frightening images and stories being presented in the newspapers and on television – images and stories that may make children feel afraid or unsure.

The books in the Marjorie Bakken Collection offer paths to understanding and comfort for children and those who care for them. This collection was inspired by Marjorie Bakken’s lifelong commitment to children and families and was created at her behest in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It also serves as a fitting tribute to Wheelock’s twelfth President.

Titles range from favorites like Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day to Parenting after September 11, 2001. There are books specific to September 11th as well as a number of books that are appropriate for helping children deal with other troubling issues that may arise. Several of the books are geared to teenagers as well.

A complete list of books in the Marjorie Bakken Collection is available as a PDF.

The Library also has a subject guide on Coping with Violence that lists websites with more information on how to help children deal with disasters, tragedy and violence.

New databases: JStor and ARTstor

jstorJStor is the newest addition to our collection of full-text databases. JStor provides full backfiles for core scholarly journals. Start searching JStor now or view a tutorial.


ARTstor is an extensive databases of art, archeology and architecture images for use in research and the classroom. Take a tour of ARTstor or start searching*.

To log in to ARTstor, JStor, or any of Wheelock’s databases, click any of the links above or access the resources using our database page and enter your campus login at the prompt.

* Before using ARTstor, check to see if you meet the system requirements.

Reminder to first year students

Please check your email for the Incoming Student Library survey.

New at the library

New students, new website, new neighbors, new databases – lots of new things are happening at the library, so why not a new blog? Here are some highlights:

New website!

Our website is now organized into four major categories:

  1. Using the Library: information about library services, hours, and staff
  2. Library Resources: find books, articles, and other materials using catalogs and databases
  3. Archives: our web space for the college Archive, which documents the history of Wheelock College
  4. Research Help and Guides: information on getting started with research, creating citations, using databases, and specific subject assistance.

Let us know what you think!

We’ve also moved some things around in the Library building:

  • Juvenile magazines and videos as well as big books and study prints are now located in the conference room on floor 2M.
  • Kits and textbooks are shelved in the main library space on floor 2, along with cassettes, CDs (music) and CD-ROMs (educational software). These items are for use with children as well as for study and research, and all may be borrowed by students for the regular 21-day loan period.