Dec 08, 2022  

Research Resources

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The James White Library houses books, bound periodicals and multimedia materials totaling more than 1.6 million items. Access to other libraries’ resources is provided through MeLCat and the Interlibrary Loan Service. The Library’s 60,000-plus periodical titles provide articles in print and electronic format. Over 150 databases can be accessed on-campus or off-campus.

The Information Commons provides more than 60 computers within the main library and the two branch libraries for searching the library catalog and databases, accessing the Internet, reading and sending email, and doing applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, statistics, citation management, etc. Printing and photocopying are available on each floor of the main library in color or black and white. Scanning is available on the main floor only. All machines use cash only.

The Seminary Library, the Center for Adventist Research and the Mary Jane Mitchell Multimedia Center are located in the main library. The Architecture Resource Center and the Music Materials Center are located in their respective buildings on campus.

Center for Adventist Research
The Center for Adventist Research (CAR) is a leading documentary collection for the study of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, its predecessors and related groups, from the Millerite movement of the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The Center houses more than 50,000 books; 40,000 non-book print items; over 3,000 Seventh-day Adventist periodical titles, often from the first issue published to the current issue; over 12,000 audiovisual titles; 30,000 photographs and more than 300 distinct manuscript collections, along with artifacts and other historical materials. Functioning also as a branch office of the White Estate, the Center has a complete collection of Ellen G. White’s letters and manuscripts, many of which come from the original typing; some contain White’s own handwritten corrections and additions. The Center also has thousands of “document file” materials covering a wide range of topics related to Ellen G. White and the history of the Church, a question and answer file, a variety of indexes, hundreds of books by and about Ellen G. White and a nearly complete set of books replicating her personal library. The Center for Adventist Research boasts the largest collection of non-English Seventh-day Adventist periodicals anywhere in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Center combines the resources of the Adventist Heritage Center, the Ellen G. White Estate branch office, the Andrews University Archives, the James White Library Rare Materials Collection and the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index. The Center seeks to promote an understanding and appreciation of the heritage and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church through educational events such as symposiums, conferences and tours; through publications; and by participating in the academic program of Andrews University through teaching particularly at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

The Natural History Museum, located in the Science Complex, houses the most complete mammoth skeleton ever discovered in Michigan and an extensive collection of shells, insects, birds and mammals.

The Siegfried H. Horn Archaeological Museum is located at 9047 Old U.S. 31. The museum features Palestinian, Trans-Jordanian, Mesopotamian and Egyptian exhibits that are open to the public. One of several exhibits features artistic murals depicting biblical scenes from the history of Abraham to the early Christian era making the Bible come alive. The Museum has a collection of more than 8,500 artifacts from the Bible lands. A significant number of these were obtained in archaeological excavations sponsored by Andrews University. In addition, the museum houses some 3,000 cuneiform tablets, placing it among the top 10 cuneiform collections in the country.