Resources for Learning

Library and Information Technology Resources to Enhance the Learning Experience

John Brown University Library

The two-story John Brown University Library-also known as the Arutunoff Learning Resource Center-is the central location for resources supporting the research needs of the JBU community. The library is an important part of the academic program at JBU and functions as a partner in the teaching/learning process. The main collection consists of over 120,000 items, including books, microforms, and DVDs. In addition, the library subscribes to more than 42,000 periodical titles, nearly all of which are available electronically. The library also subscribes to 130 electronic databases (full-text periodicals, online reference resources, and indexes). The library provides access to 230,000 e-book titles, including 850 online reference books.

The professional library staff provides research and reference services to both individuals and groups, and efficient interlibrary loan services to the JBU community. The library facility includes large and small study rooms, a classroom, presentation practice equipment and spaces, quiet and comfortable spaces for reading, and 46 computers for student use. The Writing Center and ITS Help Desk are also located in the JBU Library.

In addition to resources in the main library, a number of materials are housed in three library branches. The Music Library, on the lower level of the Cathedral, contains music sound recordings, scores, and appropriate listening equipment. The Career Development Center Library, on the first floor of the Walker Student Center, houses materials related to vocational counseling and graduate school opportunities. The Soderquist Leadership Library is located in the Soderquist Business Center and contains materials relevant to business and ethics.

The Film Library is housed in the main library and contains films that have been selected based on their recommendation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, or Spiritually significant films.

The gateway to the JBU Library is its web site,, where information about all library collections and services may be obtained. The library web site features an online catalog that can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Students can connect to electronic databases through the campus network and via remote access. Reference questions and interlibrary loan requests can be made online or via e-mail at

The JBU Library belongs to several networks and consortia. To provide efficient interlibrary loan services, the library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which gives our users borrowing privileges to over 250 million items held in over 72,000 member libraries worldwide. The library belongs to ARKLink (a consortium of 47 academic libraries in Arkansas) and AMIGOS (a regional resource-sharing network). The library is a charter member of the Christian Librarian Association Network.

Special collections in the JBU library include the published materials of the school's founder, John E. Brown, Sr., materials of radio evangelist J. Vernon McGee, the Romig Juvenile Literature Collection, and the Gary and Carrie Oliver Marriage and Family Resource Room. In addition, the JBU Archives houses an extensive collection of artifacts related to the history of the university.

Library Hours (may vary)
Monday – Thursday                      7:30am - Midnight
Friday                                             7:30am - 5:00 pm
Saturday                                        11:00am - 6:00 pm
Sunday                                          3:00pm - Midnight

Library Contacts
Circulation                                            479.524.7202
Research Assistance                            479.524.7153
Interlibrary Loan                                   479.524.7276
Instructional Services                           479.524.7355


LIBRARY CARD:  Use your JBU student ID card. You may also borrow materials from 27 academic libraries in Arkansas using a free ARKLink card. Contact Beckie Peden (x7202 or for details.

FIND ARTICLES:  A wide variety of academic journal databases, ebook collections, and other materials are available online through the library web site. Go to, click on “Online Resources” and then select a resource to search from the relevant subject area. If off-campus, when prompted enter your JBU username and password.

Online resources include:

ABI/INFORM Complete (full-text business journals)

Business Source Elite (full-text business journals)

eBooks on EBSCOhost (scholarly e-books)

ERIC (comprehensive education literature index)

Gale Academic OneFile (full-text journals in all disciplines)

IBISWorld (market research and analysis of U.S. industries)

LexisNexis Academic (business, news, and legal information) (data and analysis of industries, markets, and products)

ProQuest Central (full-text journals in all disciplines)

ProQuest Education Journals (full-text education journals and publications)

ProQuest Psychology Journals (full-text psychology journals)

PsycINFO (comprehensive behavioral science and mental health literature index)

WorldCat (worldwide book catalog)

FIND BOOKS:  Use the online catalog located at the library homepage:

CHECKOUT PERIOD:  21 days for books. Renewal period is 21 days. May be renewed twice if there is no hold on the book; renewable by phone or email: A student may have up to 20 books checked out at any time. Document delivery: we can email articles or mail books to you from our library; you are responsible for return postage on books.

INTERLIBRARY LOANS:  Items not available through the library may be obtained from other libraries through our interlibrary loan service. Request items not available in the library in person or by mail, phone, or email ( or use the ILLiad form on the library web site (login required). Most books arrive within 1–2 weeks and articles within days. Articles will typically be delivered to you electronically. Books can be mailed to you; you are responsible for return postage.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS:  Research and other library questions may be asked at the library reference desk, phoned in (x7153), emailed ( or texted: 479-310-JBU1 (5281).

STYLE GUIDES:  Go to “Research Help” at the library home page; select “Cite Your Sources.

STUDY ROOMS:  Individual or group rooms are available on demand, or can be reserved; call x7202.

FINES/FEES:  $.25 per day per book. You will be billed for replacement of missing item(s), plus $10 processing fee per item.

Information Technology Services

John Brown University has many technology resources available for students. All campus buildings and remote sites are interconnected with a network infrastructure that allows for authorized access from classrooms, laboratories, offices, residence halls, and remote locations. Wireless networking also extends accessibility in most residential and study areas throughout the university.

On the Siloam Springs campus, there are general classroom laboratories equipped with computers and instructional technology for hands-on instruction, and these are available for general computer use when class is not in session. The Library has general purpose, collaborative computing resources available days and evenings throughout the week. Both black and white and color printing is available for a small fee.

Graduate students have access to additional computing resources at the Fort Smith Center, Little Rock Center, and Rogers Center. Computers with Internet access and laser printing are available for student use in common study areas. Wireless Internet access is also available.

There is a Media Lab located on the main campus in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) for special printing and other media service needs. Digital cameras, projectors, and other audio/visual technology may be checked out for academic projects. Supplies for lettering, posters, banners, and other needs are available for sale. Large format color printing is also available for a fee.

Students who bring a computer to any of the campuses may connect to the campus network using their provided username and password. Once connected, students can access the Internet, EagleNet, the Library, JBU email, and personal network storage.

Policies regarding the privacy of electronic information and appropriate computer use at John Brown University may be referenced in the Information Technology Services Acceptable Use Policy. This, and additional information about technology services, may be found through the web via the EagleNet portal or by contacting the ITS Help Desk at 479-524-7256, or email