Library Overview

Voskuyl Library

 Voskuyl Library Mission: 

Voskuyl Library fosters a culture of scholarly, spiritual, and personal growth by providing learning spaces, resources, and services to the Westmont community.

Visit the Contact Us page to learn more about our staff. 

The Circulation Desk is on the right just inside the entrance of the Library. Check out and return Westmont library materials, Course Reserve items, and Interlibrary Loan materials here. Staff at this desk can assist with locating library materials, requesting Interlibrary Loan items, resolving fines, and are happy to answer any general questions you have.

circulation staff

Borrow and Renew Books

Loan periods

  • Students, Staff, and Community Borrowers: 28 days, with 5 automatic renewals
  • Faculty: 90 days, with 1 automatic renewal


  • If a book is checked out, you can be next in line by placing it on hold.
  • Place a book on hold by searching it in the catalog (see search bar at the top of this page), clicking the book's title, and then clicking "place hold if item is checked out". (You will need to be logged into your library account.) 
  • You will receive an email when it is ready and you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk.

Overdue and lost items

  • The charge for an overdue book is $0.50 per day.
  • If a book is more than 30 days overdue, it is considered lost--lost book fee is $65 or the value of the book if it exceeds $65. 
  • We will waive overdue and lost fees if the book is returned to the Library before the end of the semester.

Library account

  • Log into your Library Account using the barcode number on your Westmont ID card (the one starting with 230...) and follow the prompts to create a password. 
  • You will be able to see a list of items you currently have checked out, search for other items, and add items to lists.

Your Library Account 

Course Reserves

Books on Course Reserve for a specific class can be checked out for 2 hours at a time and used inside the Library. 

Library of Things 

Check out more than books from the Circulation Desk! 

  • Computer chargers
  • Adapters
  • Whiteboard markers
  • Headphones
  • Board games

Buy coffee

  • Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is $1. We take cash, check, or card. 

Used book sale

  • Books from the lower floor book sale are each $1. We take cash, check, or card. 

Click here for a deeper dive on Circulation Services

The Roger John Voskuyl Library holds more than 150,000 books, music scores, and media, and subscribes to over 100 databases and 30,000 online and print journals. 

Use the search box above to get access to anything we have in our catalog. Use the "Everything" tab to do a broad search. The "Books" tab will narrow your search to just books and ebooks (filtering out book reviews, which can clog up results), and the "Journals" tab will allow you to search only print and ejournals. 

The Library staff at the Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk are happy to help!

Locations of each collection
Upper Floor

Books (Main Circulating Collection)


Main Floor

New Books


Faculty Author Collection 

Wright: Christian Life and Discipleship

Provost Collection for Teaching and Learning

Course Reserves--ask at the Circulation Desk

DVDs/Videos/CDs--ask at the Circulation Desk

Lower Floor

Juvenile-Children's/YA Literature

Print Periodicals/Journals

Special Collections--viewed by appointment only


Lower Level - 1

  • Quiet Study Zone
  • VL 116 Reading Room & Education Lab
  • College Archives & Special Collections
  • Children's/ YA Literature Collection
  • Print Periodicals Collection
  • Print Services
  • $1 Book Sale

library lower level map

Main Level - 2

Library main level map

Upper Level - 3

Library upper level map


Research Help


Westmont College Institutional Learning Outcome (ILO) Student Writing Rubric

Graduates of Westmont College will be able to strategically research, wisely evaluate, and ethically integrate sources in various contexts.

Voskuyl Library's Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) 

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PLO 1- Inquiry and strategic searching

  • Develops manageable research claim or question (scope)
  • Effectively searches scholarly databases, library catalog, Google scholar, journals
  • Recursively and deliberately searches scholarly literature

PLO 2- Wise source evaluation

  • Incorporates appropriate variety of sources
  • Cites authoritative and credible sources
  • Demonstrates attentive reading and discerning use of relevant sources

PLO 3- Ethical source integration 

  • Incorporates sources in support of claim or to answer research question
  • Thoughtfully and ethically summarizes, paraphrases, and quotes sources
  • Critically engages with or synthesizes sources

Program Review