From the historic
building to the resources available online, the Musselman
Library supports the information and research needs of
Bluffton students. The library is a place that
encourages exploration and learning through access to online
information and research materials in close proximity to the
print library collections needed for assignments and
research. The library Reading Room is a popular study
location with wireless internet access and many windows
overlooking a wooded setting.
The library Web site offers a gateway to the
many resources and services of the library, including the
online catalog, research databases, electronic journals and
books, and digital media resources. Through membership
in the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) and OhioLINK
consortia, Bluffton students have access to materials held in
academic libraries throughout the state. Interlibrary
loan extends the research options to resources from libraries
across the nation.
The library also features the University Archives and
Mennonite Historical Collections with materials reflecting the
Anabaptist-Mennonite affiliation of Bluffton University.
These special collections are important to the Bluffton
Librarians offer assistance in learning how to use the
library and its resources and in locating materials for class
assignments and research projects. Information literacy
emphasis begins with an introduction to the library for
students in First Year Seminar and continues to
course-integrated research instruction and reference
Bluffton is among
the nation's high tech colleges with over 1,600 data ports,
150 public access computers, and extensive use of information
technology across the curriculum. Bluffton students, faculty
and staff enjoy access to the World Wide Web and a wealth of
digital library resources in residence halls, library and
shared computing centers.
Students register and access course materials online, and
each residential student has a high speed Internet connection
in their room to ensure 24-hour access.
Centennial Hall, our academic center, features 14 high tech
classrooms that are wired for portable users, and the
Technology Center provides a place to develop multimedia
projects and access the latest digital tools including video
editing. Marbeck Center also offers computing and
printing and an extensive wireless access zone.
A Help Desk, for-credit classes and a variety of
support services for technology users at all levels are
offered. All students are provided current Microsoft Office
applications and McAffee anti-virus protection through campus
The Technology Center staff provides assistance with
diverse computing applications and digital media for more than
80 hours per week. Technology related academic programs
include computer science, information systems,
information technology and graphic design. Our goal is for all Bluffton
students to graduate with the technology skills needed for
professional success and lifetime learning.
The Learning Resource Center provides
academic and personal support in the forms of study groups,
tutoring, workshops, and individual consultations and
follow-up. The center works with students on developing and/or
refreshing skills in areas such as time management, note
taking, reading, mathematics, test taking and stress
management. It is located on the 3rd floor of
Hirschler Hall, Riley Court.
The director of the center also serves as the counselor for
Bluffton University does not
discriminate against qualified disabled students. The
mission of disability services at Bluffton University is to
ensure that qualified students with disabilities are provided
access to all programs in order to maximize their educational
potential, develop independence to the fullest extent possible
and perform at a level limited only by their abilities, not
their disabilities. Any disabled student who seeks
modifications in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, such as academic adjustments or auxiliary aids or
services, must submit a request to the university's Section
504 Coordinator. The Section 504 Coordinator will work
with the student and other persons as necessary to determine
the appropriate modifications. Students who show some
academic difficulties that interfere with their learning
abilities may be referred for testing.
The office of the Section 504 Coordinator/Counselor for
disability services is located on 3rd Hirschler within the
Learning Resource Center.
provide tutoring services for both departmental and general
education courses. Students needing tutoring services should
ask their instructors about tutoring services provided for
their courses. Students also can consult with the appropriate
department chair or the Learning Resource Center.
The Writing Center
provides free, individualized tutoring in college writing for
all registered Bluffton University students.
Upper-class writing tutors provide help in generating and
developing ideas, organizing information and correcting
grammatical errors. Students can receive help on assignments
from any course and on application letters for jobs or
graduate and professional schools. ESL students are also
encouraged to use this resource.