As intended from the initial stages of planning, the Bates & Merwin Reading Room, the crown jewel of The Ames Library located on the fourth floor, houses a truly distinctive collection. Minor Myers jr., Illinois Wesleyan University’s 17th president, provided the vision and leadership necessary to build The Ames Library. To pay tribute to President Myers’ dedication to Illinois Wesleyan University and his love for books, this growing collection comprises books that received honors throughout the world and includes award-winning books in the areas of art, cooking, fiction, history, poetry, science, among many others. Books from the Minor Myers jr. Honors Collection may be checked out from the library by all patrons for the standard 28-day loan period, with the option of one renewal period.
To donate funds to The Minor Myers jr. Honors Collection please contact the Illinois Wesleyan Development Office at 309-556-3091. Due to the selective nature of the collection we will not be able to accept gifts in the form of books. For any other questions regarding this collection, please contact Bob Delvin, Fine Arts Librarian, at 556-3003 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to browsing the collection, arranged alphabetically by the awards title, you may locate titles in the Minor Myers jr Honors Collection in the library’s online catalog. Please see our online guide for further assistance.