JOHN AND LOUISE HULST LIBRARY
Our mission is to help the Dordt learning community thrive. We do this by collaborating with others to provide resources, spaces, technology, and expertise that enhance learning and teaching for kingdom service.
The Hulst Library is located in the Campus Center in the middle of Dordt College’s residential campus. The story is told that when the B.J. Haan Auditorium was built, architects wanted to make the chapel into the campus focal point. However, Dordt’s second president, Dr. John B. Hulst, is said to have replied, “No, the center of campus is the library.”
At the John and Louise Hulst Library, we want our space, collections, and services to reflect that sentiment. All of the scholarship, learning, cultural, and social activities that the Hulst Library supports will help students, staff, and faculty to further serve in God’s kingdom. The library is not just about books, the library is about people—how they learn, how they use information, and how they participate in the life of a learning community.
The library, which is open nearly 90 hours a week during the academic year, is a popular place to study. Artwork, colorful walls, and potted plants set the ambiance. Flexible furniture and reservable conference rooms provide for a wide variety of individual and group study spaces. For kinesthetic learners, we’ve recently adding a walking treadmill and bouncy red Zenergy ball chairs.
The library serves as a central location for computer resources, including some of the most-used printers on campus. A computer lab on the lower level of the library can be used by individual students or for group instructional sessions. Additional computers are scattered throughout the upper level and in the Teaching Resource Center. The library’s wireless network accommodates the ever-increasing number of students using their own laptops and devices.
The Learning Lab, located in the Teaching Resource Center, is a state-of-art interactive classroom with technologies to support collaborative group work.
Like most academic libraries, the Hulst Library houses collections of books, reference materials, print journals, and newspapers. We are striving to provide a growing number of resources in full-text electronic formats that can be accessed by members of the Dordt community from both on and off campus. Look for increasing collections of eJournals, eBooks, and library databases with full-text articles and documents.
In order to serve the Dordt community holistically, the Hulst Library offers a widely-used collection of DVDs, a leisure reading collection of current titles and award winners, and a collection of board games. Many different pieces of equipment such as iPads, digital camcorders, gaming consoles, cameras, and GPS devices can be checked out at the service desk.
The Hulst Library houses three unique collections that deserve special mention. The Teaching Resource Center is home to a significant collection of preK-12 curriculum materials and children’s literature that is used by Dordt education majors and many local area teachers. The Dordt College Archives and the Dutch Memorial Collection contain items pertaining to Dordt’s history and documents from Dutch immigrants who settled in northwest Iowa. The library’s Listening Room has more than 4,000 musical sound recordings to support music majors and those in musical ensembles on campus.
The staff at the Hulst Library serve the Dordt Community by offering a variety of services, such as delivering requested materials to faculty members’ offices or designing online Course Research Guides for specific classes. But, we are probably best known on campus for our free coffee, available during all library open hours.
We have fun celebrating National Library Week each year by flying paper airplanes in the library, holding an Edible Book contest, and unveiling the poster of a new Dordt Reads celebrity.
At the Hulst Library, we hope most of all that our space, collections, and services meet the needs of the Dordt learning community.