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J.W. Dickhaut Library


Library Information

The primary mission of the library is to support the information needs of students, faculty and staff. Other individuals, including alumni, local clergy, and students and researchers at other theological institutions, also may apply for borrowing privileges.


The John W. Dickhaut Library, named for MTSO's founding president, is the school's primary information and research resource.  With more than 130,000 volumes onsite, the library offers borrowers access to 48 million volumes thanks to its membership in the Ohio Private Academic (OPAL) and OhioLINK consortia.  It also provides access to roughly 30,000 online and print journals.

FOOD & DRINK in the Library

Acceptable food: “Snack size” containers of chips, cookies, candy, and other snack foods; small amounts of finger foods (e.g., small size fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, string cheese); candy bars, granola bars, power bars, etc.; and other snack foods that are not messy and lack a distracting odor.

Unacceptable food: Hot entrees, e.g., burgers, French fries, pizza, noodles, sub sandwiches, burritos, tacos, soup, large size bags or packages of chips, crackers, cookies, doughnuts, salad, etc., and other foods that are messy and emit a distracting odor.

Beverages in covered, spill-proof containers, or capped bottles and snacks are permitted except: at library workstations. in other areas as posted. Please be considerate of other library users.

We ask that you act responsibly when consuming food and drink in the library. Please bring all food garbage to the lobby to discard on your way out of the library. Food garbage should not go into the trashcans that are in the library. Please collect and bring out your trash. Please clean up after yourself. Help us keep work surfaces clean.

Please report accidental spills to the circulation desk as soon as possible so that they can be addressed quickly. Library staff has final approval of any sort of food, beverage, or container allowed in the Dickhaut Library, and we reserve the right to exclude any food, beverage, or container for any reason. Users disregarding the Food and Drink Policy will be asked to leave the library. The classrooms on the lower or ground level of the Dickhaut Library are not subject to the above restrictions. However, anyone eating in those classrooms during a scheduled class is expected to dispose of food wastes in the large receptacles provided.

While we appreciate the generosity of those who wish to donate materials, Dickhaut Library is currently not accepting gift books. Other potential recipients for book donations include the following: Better World Books Local rural churches Senior living facilities Local used book dealers Local public library In order to help develop our curriculum-specific collections, especially electronic books, financial donations are always welcome.