About Us

Welcome to Deets Library

Whether you are visiting the library in person or virtually, we are here to support your information and research needs.  The library’s outstanding collections and services are designed to help you succeed in your studies and teaching.

Deets Library Collections include:

  • More than 70 online databases
  • Physical collection of 57,000 items including books, DVDs, and audio recordings
  • More than 478,000 ebooks
  • The SC Archives

Deets Library Services include:

  • Reference assistance
  • Online tutorials
  • Information literacy instruction
  • Customized library instruction for classes
  • Interlibrary loan – In addition to our own collections, we provide access to library collections across the country through resource sharing

If you are on campus, we offer both quiet and not-so-quiet study spaces and a new cafe, Stir & Bustle. You can recharge with coffee, tea, -hot, cold, and blended- and food items for study breaks. Bring your laptop or phone charger and plug in while you meet up or study. If you need to print an assignment for your class, you may send the print job to CardSwipe and pick it up at one of our printers on your way to class. We also have five library desktop computers.

Our goal is to help you develop the skills to be successful in your college career and to find the joy in learning that will help you become a lifelong learner.

I invite you to begin the journey by exploring the library website or visiting the library in person.

Marjorie Snyder, Librarian and Interim Library Director



Vision Statement

Students will leave Southwestern College with the skill and desire to be lifelong learners.

The Harold and Mary Ellen Deets Library supports the mission and vision of Southwestern College.

Mission Statement

The library encourages the development of lifelong learning by developing information literacy skills, by supporting research and the curriculum, and by providing access to virtual and physical resources.

The Facility

The current library was built in 1950 with a cornerstone from our Memorial Library, 1885-1950. The library was renovated in 2008 and rededicated in honor of Harold and Mary Ellen Deets, both of the class of 1943. Its three floors contain conference rooms, classrooms, study carrels, the book, journal, and media collections, study and reading areas, and the college’s archives. There is a cafe on the main floor, Stir & Bustle- serving coffee, tea, soda, and food items-with seating for meeting and studying. The virtual library offers access to e-books, e-journals, and databases for the college community.

Need Help?

Chat with a Librarian 24/7