To support the educational program and mission of Oxford Graduate School, the library exists to promote information literacy which is the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. Students are instructed by library staff members in various Core classes in developing abilities in information literacy. The purpose of this instruction is to develop socially active Christian scholar practitioners who can do effective research to address real world problems to transform family, church, and community worldwide.
The Oxford Library is a key-access facility with seven-day-a-week, twenty-four hour availability to matriculated students, Oxford Alumni Fellowship members, and Oxford Society of Scholar members. Qualified individuals may receive access information from the Director of Library Services or the Supervisor of Graduate Research.
Students are instructed in using the Oxford Graduate School library as well as OGS’ online virtual library. The physical library collection strongly supports the degree programs offered, providing extensive Course Bibliography Reserve books for developmental and collateral reading for every Core course, as well as a large general collection of books for research related to dissertations. Through the internet the library provides access to a wide range of other resources such as subscription databases and eBooks, open access databases, and a tutorials webpage for help with various aspects of Information Literacy.
Library personnel seek to expand students’ skills as 21st century researchers by preparing them for a week’s residencies in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, and in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Student feedback affirms the life-changing nature of researching their particular topics/projects in these world class libraries.