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About the Library

Our Mission

About

Named for James and Evelyn Jenks, generous supporters of Gordon College, Jenks Library is the campus gateway to information resources and services. The library's website is the starting point for library research at Gordon. The NOBLE catalog, electronic resources, course reserves and interlibrary loan services are all available on the library's website.

These resources and services, combined with a strong service program, make Jenks Library an essential part of teaching and learning at Gordon College. In addition to resources, librarians are also available six days a week to assist students in the use of library resources and in the development of strong analytical and information-seeking skills. Jenks's mission, to support the mission and curriculum of Gordon College, is achieved in part by the purchasing of new materials that support the curriculum. Jenks also seeks to provide a welcoming environment to all by providing study space of all kinds, quiet study as well as group collaborative learning.

From the Archives

Winn Library, 1954

One of the first buildings on the campus, the Winn Library was constructed in the early 1950s. It is now the main location for Jenks's general circulating collection, also known as the stacks. 

Winn Library Groundbreaking

Featured in this picture are Lawrence Anderson breaking ground for the Winn Library, while Gordon's third president T. Leonard Lewis looks on along with William T. Sheppard.

Winn Library, 1960

The original entrance into the library. Now students can enjoy this space in the outdoor patio study space. 

Jenks Library Groundbreaking, 1986

The Jenks Learning Resource Center (now known as Jenks Library) wing was added onto the Winn Library building in Spring 1986. Named for James and Evelyn Jenks, Evelyn is featured here at the groundbreaking with Gordon sixth president Richard Gross. 

Jenks Library Groundbreaking

Featured left to right: John Beauregard, Jenks Library's former director, R. Judson Carlberg, Dean of Faculty and Gordon's seventh President, Marjorie Davis, Wenham selectman, Kai Williams, Student Body President, and Nathan Goff, Director of Alumni Affairs & Church Relations. 

Jenks Library Construction, Summer 1986

The Jenks Library wing became the new main entrance into the library and now houses circulation, the reference room, alumni reading room, Beauregard mezzaine, Bistro 255, and the Academic Support Center. 

Library Policies

In the event that the college closes, Jenks Library will be open 10:00am to 9:00pm.