The John F. Magale Memorial Library offers a wide range of resources for students, alumni and community members. Magale Library is committed to offering excellent service while furthering Centenary College’s mission and strategic planning. Holding to the high standards and principles of our school, Magale strives to remain the center of information-seeking and research for all its students, faculty, and staff.
Boasting hundreds of thousands of electronic and physical books, as well as DVDs of many genres, Magale also provides both in-house and remote access to full-text journal resources and online databases for research. Wifi internet access is available throughout the building, and the library also has computers on the main and lower levels.
Beyond these more academic matters, the library also contains a small art gallery, a drink machine, a growing contemporary magazine collection, 3 multifunction printer/scanner/copiers, lots of comfortable seating, and several large and small study-group areas.
For accessing materials outside Magale's extensive collections, the library provides a swift, active interlibrary loan service that is integrated with our discovery layer, Omnia, to make requesting materials easy. Information literacy class visits, research consultations, and on-the-spot drop-in research help are offered by the director of reference & instruction, who also makes good pizza.
Located within the library's heart are the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections, whose mission is to collect, preserve and make available the historic records of the College and the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Since the physical structure's final completion in 1963, Magale's resource collection has grown and evolved substantially. The collection currently includes nearly 432,976 volumes, over 440,308 full-text serials, 362,424 newspapers and microforms, 964,958 audio/video materials, 164,574 monograph records, 239,275 eBooks and e-Textbooks. In addition to this, Magale offers access to 53 million e-Resources for research. Magale Library holds license agreements for a growing number of the most authoritative and reputable research databases for currently enrolled students. Magale also maintains lists of Open Access Education Resources freely accessible, and quality online resources in our numerous subject guides.
View the Magale Library Strategic Plan