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Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Phone : (937) 708-5630

Email :

Information Commons
Our Collection


  • Wilberforce University books, journal titles, some videotapes.
  • Choose "Entire OPAL" to see and request from the collections of the 20 OPAL libraries.

What is in our Library?
"Search All OPAL" includes the holdings of 20 libraries. Requests Accepted. Delivery in about 2 to 3 days. Delivery Location must equal "Wilberforce." OPAL includes selected holdings of the WU Media Center and of Payne Theological Seminary Ransom Library (more records are being added daily!).

All Academic Library Collections in Ohio in Just One Search

(Central Book, Materials, Journal Titles, Catalog)

  • Use to request books not found on OPAL.
  • Also provides holdings information for journal titles and links to e-books and e-government docs.

Academic Libraries in Ohio
OHIOLINK Main Page: Excellent bookmark for Academic Researchers. Wilberforce University collections are included. Requests Accepted, Delivery in about 48 hours. On this site, your library is called OPAL; your delivery location must be "Wilberforce."

NOTE: Our system requires you to "request" any book available from an OPAL library from the OPAL system.

Electronic Books

Safari Tech Books Online
(IT and Business)
Off campus? Use "By Name"

Off campus? Contact the WU Librarian to set up a free personal account to permit off capus access.

24,000 Electronic Books
Thousands of electronic editions of scholarly and serious popular books ready to read/review on your computer screen. No additional charges; no special software required. Excellent for review and for research

  • netLibrary FAQ to help you get started.
  • Wilberforce University E-Book Collections also searchable in the OhioLINK catalog.



  • Indexes
  • Central Reference Database Lists

Use to access databases of journal citations, articles, dissertations, and other information.

Journals, Magazines, Periodicals, Articles
Features Academic Subject Categories, but because of subscription restrictions, not all databases on the OHIOLINK list are accessible from Wilberforce terminals or authentication. If you receive a message similar to "access denied," that database is not available to us.

Hint: HELP button explanations are essential to learn the functions of each database.

Full-text Journals

(Full text-format list. Not an index to articles.)

What is Full Text On-line?
From what journals can I read whole articles right on my computer screen, any time of day or night? Which reference database includes the journal I need? (Wilberforce does not subscribe to ExpaAcad or LexNex.)

Media Center


Graphics, pictures, maps
Use to access graphics/pictures, particularly social sciences and art and architecture. Physics experiments as videos. Soon to have educational videos, too.

Wilberforceans, on and off campus, may access these sites. If you are asked for your name and barcode number, you must refer to your official Wilberforce University Library registration barcode. Your library is OPAL/Wilberforce-Payne. Your pickup site is Wilberforce. Contact the Library if you need assistance. (Librarians can advise Wilberforce students and employees on securing a barcode, and replacement barcodes.)


  • Solve Remote Access Problems:
    Most authentication problems to the OhioLINK databases are due to the browser. AOL won't work
  • Set Browser Preferences:
    Be sure your browser preferences are set to "Accept All Cookies", and "Java" enabled.
  • Get Adobe Acrobat Reader:
    Some databases offer full-text access requiring an Adobe Acrobat Reader. This free software may be downloaded and installed on your computer from

These databases are provided for Wilberforce University researchers by the Wilberforce University Stokes Library in cooperation with the OPAL/OHIONET project and the Ohio Board of Regents OHIOLINK project.



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