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Benner Library & Resource Center is a center of scholarly resources, current technology and a knowledgeable staff ready to promote student success, academic excellence and lifelong learning. Since 1956, the library has carried the distinction of being a Selective Government Depository Library — receiving a “select” core list of government publications.

First known as Memorial Library, the original building was completed in 1956 and was expanded in 1975. In 2008, Benner underwent significant renovations to meet the needs of today’s learners, including the addition of a coffee shop and several student work stations.

University Archives houses a rich collection of documents, books, manuscripts, photographs, audio and video tapes, memorabilia and official papers relating to the University, Church of the Nazarene and the Kankakee area. The Archives collects and preserves artifacts and information from the University’s past to help create a vibrant future. Serious researchers may consult the collections by requesting an appointment one week in advance.

Lower level: Department of Information Technology’s Help Desk, Media Services, Learning Development Center, General Purpose [quiet computer] Lab, Periodical Collection

Main floor: Jazzman’s Café, Reference Desk, University Archives, Fishbowl group study room, Instruction [computer] Lab

Second floor: Audiovisual Resources, Curriculum Center, Juvenile Collection, Ellison die-cut machine, Circulating Collection (Social Sciences only)

Third floor: Religion Room, ultra quiet study area, Government Documents, majority of the Circulating Collection


To learn more about Benner Library & Resource Center, visit the library website.