Janice & Charles Drake Library

Library hours


7:30 AM – 12:00 AM

FRI: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

SAT: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

SUN:  2 PM – 12:00 AM

Librarians are available on weekdays 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM or by appointment.

Welcome to the library!

We have so many great things to offer.

  • 50,000 books, DVDs and journals
  • 30,000 ebooks
  • Printers
  • Laptops for checkout- Just bring your student ID!
  • A 300+ year old Torah scroll
  • Study rooms
  • Wonderful, friendly, and highly knowledgeable librarians

Some Facts:

Students receive a $12.50 print credit each semester. Black and white copies are .05 each and color copies are .25 each.

We subscribe to many databases, including EBSCO, which has thousands of articles and ebooks, plus 30,000 religious ebooks in the ATLA monograph collection

Don’t have a computer? We can help! Bring your student ID to the front desk and you can check out a laptop for use in the library.

You can reserve a study room for yourself or a group. Just ask a library staff member!

Charlie and Janice Drake have lived in Northeastern Oklahoma for nearly 35 years. Janice, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, worked at IBM in Tulsa until 1991; Charlie came to work at Phillips Petroleum after graduating from the University of Missouri with a doctorate in chemistry. He retired in 1998.

Both remain active in the community, serving on the boards of several local organizations. The Drakes’ generosity was vital to bringing the OKWU Library to life. In late 2006, the Drakes gave OKWU a challenge: offering the school a gift that valued almost $350,000, they told OKWU to raise matching funds by the end of 2007. OKWU met the goal before Easter 2007, and the Drakes responded by raising their total gift to nearly $1 million.

In October 2007, the Drakes joined the president, other donors, and members of the OKWU Board of Trustees for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Janice and Charles Drake Library.

The first floor of the library is named for Tom and Joan Phillippe.

Tom Phillippe has served The Wesleyan Church as a pastor and a missionary. He was also an accomplished businessman and the organizer of Nationwide Management and Opal Care Centers. Tom served on the Board of Trustees of Indiana Wesleyan University, and Joan served on the Board of Trustees for OKWU.

The second floor of the Library is named in honor of J.E. and L.E. Mabee.

John E. and Lottie E. Mabee formed the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation in 1948 with the mission of giving aid to “Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals, and other organizations of a general charitable nature.”

The garden is named in honor of Jim and June Pritchard.

Jim Pritchard spent 39 years at Phillips Petroleum, spending most of that time as director of Plastics Research. June Pritchard was an accomplished artist with works on display at OKWU. Both of them served on a number of local boards. Through the years, the Pritchards’ gifts to OKWU helped establish the music program, the Williams Music Library, the Carillon Bells, and the OKWU Eagle Scholarship.

The Library’s tower was named in honor of Minette Lounsbery.

The library was designed to match the Spanish-style architecture of La Quinta Mansion, OKWU’s administrative building.

The university owes a debt of gratitude to the architects, construction companies, landscapers, and other companies involved in building the library. Special thanks go to Ambler Architects, who designed the building, and McAnaw Construction, the primary contractor.

Subcontractors included AFC Glass, Air Comfort, Inc, Architectural Flooring, Architectural Materials Co., Bartlesville Redi Mix, Brunfeldt, Builders Steel, Contract Fixtures/Cabinets, Cornerstone, Daigle Plumbing, Diamondback Steel, Ellsworth Paving, Equus Metals, Green Country Interiors, Holtz Electric, Kelinfelder, KSL Dirtworks, Mac Fire Systems, Metro Builders Supply, Murray Womble, Natural Stone Source, Northeastern Irrigation & Landscape, Overlees Woods, Paragon, Schindler Elevator, Silver Bullet, and Superior Roofing.

Academic Databases

A to Z the World

Are you traveling, studying business, teaching about a country, wondering about healthcare abroad, learning about religions in other countries, or wanting to try different foods? This new database has all the answers to your questions in one convenient place.

Credo Reference

 This database contains nearly 1,000 digitized reference resources covering many subject areas. Information is full text and citations are offered in APA, Chicago, Harvard, and MLA styles

Encyclopaedia Britannica

One of the most complete and accurate information sources in the world, this database contains both short and book-length articles on every subject. Use this powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and web sites.

EBSCOHost (Complete List)

A database package containing 30 general and subject-specific databases. Thousands of full-text articles can be accessed, ebooks can be read, and a personal account can be created for saving articles.


Features several large databases that index periodicals and other materials in specialized areas. FirstSearch also indexes journals in Spanish, government documents, books, papers from worldwide conferences, and e-books.

Literature Resource Center

This database contains biographical resources and literary criticism on authors of many disciplines and time periods. Materials may be obtained in hardcopy or through Interlibrary Loan from the OKWU Library.


A powerful business database with national and international company data, archives, annual reports, fact sheets, and a great deal more relevant information available in full-text.

Oxford Reference

This E-book database provides full-text access to the following resources:

  • Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
  • The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

This collection promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format.

Salem Press

Salem Press is a small but valuable collection of literature, history, science and health topics.

ProQuest Databases

ProQuest Ebook Central – Contains over 200,000 academic eBooks

ProQuest ABI – Full- text scholarly Journals

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses –  Provides indexing for millions of dissertations, many are full-text and are available for immediate download. 

Helpful Websites

Explore these online resources for books, Bibles, commentaries, Oklahoma magazines, other magazines of all topics, and denominational archives.

Faith & Education

A virtual library for theology, religious studies, and related disciplines. 

The mission of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers, and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media.

A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. This site houses gutenberg.org and openlibrary.org, as well as wayback machine. Users can look up previous iterations of websites on wayback machine.

Searchable Online Bible with Study ResourcesBlue Letter Bible is a free, searchable online Bible program providing access to many different Bible translations including: KJV, NKJV, NLT, ESV, NASB, and many others. In addition, in-depth study tools are provided on the site with access to commentaries, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other theological resources. Browse the site to see all of the Bible study tools available. Translations available: King James Version, New King James Version, New Living Translation, New International Version, English Standard Version, Christian Standard Bible, New American Standard Bible, New English Translation, Revised Standard Version, American Standard Version, Young’s Literal Translation, Darby Translation, Webster’s Bible, Hebrew Names Version, Reina-Valera 1960, Latin Vulgate, Westminster Leningrad Codex, Septuagint, Morphological Greek New Testament, and Textus Receptus.

The Wesley Center Online website is a collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Church of the Nazarene.

The repository is a service of Benner Library & Resource Center and its librarians. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and deposited by the individual university departments and centers on campus.

The official repository of historical documents for The Wesleyan Church worldwide.  The Archives of The Wesleyan Church houses the official repository of historical documents for the Church worldwide including documents of the Pilgrim Holiness Church and Wesleyan Methodist Church prior to their merger in June of 1968 as well as later additions from the Standard Church of Canada and the Evangelical Church. Documents include General and District Conference minutes, local church histories, and historical data from Wesleyan educational institutions. There are also biographies of founders and leaders of the denomination as well as others who have been committed to evangelism, missions, and social justice concerns. The missions arm of the Church provides a global perspective to the Archives collection documenting the growth and development of Wesleyan missions worldwide. To provide greater access to the wealth of historical information in the archival collection, documents are now being digitized.

State Resources

In cooperation with the Oklahoma Historical Society, this collection includes the first 40 volumes, which details and highlights the rich history of Oklahoma.

In cooperation with the Oklahoma State Department of Tourism and the Oklahoma Department of Career Technology, the Electronic Publishing Center digitized the first 50 years of our state’s magazine.

This site houses all things Oklahoma, from Angie Debo, Centennial Farms, Ok Ornithological Society, Centennial histories, and Oklahoma magazines to Frank Eaton, the original Pistol Pete at OSU.

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