Because Drew University was originally founded as a Methodist theological seminary, there are many Methodist materials in both the University Archives and the Methodist Archives. However, the University Archives hold the records of Drew University and its institutional history, while the Methodist Archives hold materials that relate directly to the United Methodist Church.
Appointments are not necessary for most of the collections, including the Methodist Library and most of the rare books. However, some collections, such as those within University Archives and within several special collections, are housed in the Main Library and require an appointment so they can be transported to the Wilson Reading Room. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to ask about appointments.
Everyone! We encourage students, staff, and faculty from Drew University to make use of our collections and we also invite outside researchers and interested people to use the materials found in Special Collections, University Archives, and the Methodist Library.
You are welcome to bring a notepad, pencils, and a laptop into the reading room. Cell phones are also allowed on silent. We ask that all bags, coats, pens, and food/drink be left in the lockers provided. See a full list of our policies.
We welcome cameras, as long as you don’t use flash. No tripods or personal scanners are allowed.
Even though some of our books are very new and in very good shape, it is our job to protect them so that they will be around in the future. Some of the materials, such as the theses in University Archives, are the only copies known to exist. The Methodist Library acts as the depository, which means in addition to preserving older works, our job is to collect and keep new works so that future generations will have access to them.
Yes! We welcome tour groups, especially those interested in learning about our work. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour.
We regularly accept donations of books and papers that relate to our collecting areas. If you are interested in donating materials, please contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
We do not provide appraisals of materials. However, you can search for booksellers who may be able to provide a value for your book(s) through the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.