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About Hewes

Welcome to Hewes Library, Monmouth College

Hewes Library is located in the center of Monmouth College's campus.  

front west side hewes library

Hewes Library has over 300,000 books, periodicals, government documents and videos to fill your information needs. The library provide access to over 100 online databases, which includes full-text access to articles in over 10,000 periodicals, all accessible through the Hewes Library web site.

In addition to our lovely surroundings, the Library includes an electronic classroom suitable for computer instruction and presentations, and an Einstein Brothers Bagels coffee shop. 

Throughout the building, ample study space is combined with wireless capability that allow you to use your own laptop within the library. 

Built in 1970, Chester and Mabel Hewes provided the $1 million naming gift. Renovation in 2001 was supported by a bequest from the Keith B. Capron estate, which was applied toward a challenge grant received from the Carver Charitable Trust, a major gift from trustee Ann Mack Collier ’63, another major gift from the estate of Virginia Braselton Flynn ’29 and an additional grant from the Caterpillar Foundation. 


Hewes Library has over a half million items catalogued, providing access to approximately 100 online databases, 350 current periodicals in print, and over 20,000 full-text periodicals online. Established in 1860, its federal depository is the oldest continuous depository in Illinois. 

The main floor features a coffee shop (Einstein Bros. Bagels), the Office of Information Systems, a reading room, microforms room, open classroom and periodicals. On the lower level is a computer laboratory and the 48-seat Barnes Electronic Classroom, equipped with a comprehensive array of audiovisual equipment, including a 150-inch rear projection screen. An Archaeology Laboratory houses thousands of American Indian artifacts. 

The upper level is devoted primarily to special collections, which include the college archives, the Special Collections Room, a gallery for the Shields Collection of Art and Antiquities, and the Len G. Everett Galleries, which hosts student and traveling art exhibits.

  • See a 360 degree views of the main lobby of Hewes Library, the upper level study spaces and galleries, and the Einstein's Bros. Cafe!

Hewes Library Staff

The librarians and staff at Hewes are here to help you with your research needs.  You can contact us:

Name Position Contact
J. Richard Sayre Director
M.L.S.: University of Oklahoma, 1976; B.A.: Phillips University, 1975
(309) 457-2192
rsayre@monmouthcollege.edu
Lynn Daw Technical Services Librarian / Archivist
MLIS.: University of Iowa, 1986; B.A.: University of Iowa, 1985
(309) 457-2187
ldaw@monmouthcollege.edu
Anne Giffey Public Services Librarian
MLIS.: University of Wisconsin, 1998; B.S.: Edgewood College, 1995
(309) 457-2303
agiffey@monmouthcollege.edu
Bev McGuire Access Services Manager
B.A.: Loras College, 1982.
(309) 457-2188
bmcguire@monmouthcollege.edu
Mindy Damewood Technical Processing Manager
M.A.: Western Illinois University, 1992; B.S.: Western Illinois University, 1987
(309) 457-2334
damewood@monmouthcollege.edu
Marti Carwile Acquisitions Manager (309) 457-2191
mcarwile@monmouthcollege.edu
Chris Buban Instructional Technology Coordinator
B.A.: Monmouth College, 1992
(309) 457-2193
cbuban@monmouthcollege.edu
Denise Dimmitt Reference / Serials Librarian (PT)
M.L.I.S.: University of Illinois, 2013; B.A.: Knox College, 2010
(309) 457-2278
ddimmitt@monmouthcollege.edu
Trace Purlee Evening / Weekend Supervisor (PT) (309) 457-2190
tpurlee@monmouthcollege.edu
Peter Buban Evening / Weekend Supervisor (PT) (309) 457-2190
pbuban@monmouthcollege.edu
Mary Phillips Curator of College Art Collections
M.F.A.: Northern Illinois University, 1986; M.A.: Northern Illinois University, 1981; B.A. Siena Heights College, 1971
(309) 457-2225
phillips@monmouthcollege.edu

Contact by Service

Department Supervisor Phone Email
Circulation Desk / general inquiries (309) 457-2190  
Reference Desk / research assistance (309) 457-2301  
Access Services Bev McGuire (309) 457-2188     bmcguire@monmouthcollege.edu
AV Services           Chris Buban (309) 457-2193 cbuban@monmouthcollege.edu
Director's Office J. Richard Sayre (309) 457-2192 rsayre@monmouthcollege.edu
Library Instruction Anne Giffey (309) 457-2303 agiffey@monmouthcollege.edu
Acquisitions Marti Carwile (309) 457-2191 mcarwile@monmouthcollege.edu
College Archives Lynn Daw (309) 457-2187 ldaw@monmouthcollege.edu
Len G. Everett Galleries Mary Phillips (309) 457-2225 phillips@monmouthcollege.edu
Web Services Anne Giffey (309) 457-2303 agiffey@monmouthcollege.edu
Information Systems Help Desk Patte Shallenberger     (309) 457-2106 helpdesk@monmouthcollege.edu

Visiting Hewes Library

Plan your visit to Hewes Library with campus resources.  Learn more about the Monmouth College campus and departmental offices that can make your visit a success.

Mailing address: Hewes Library, Monmouth College, 700 E. Broadway, Monmouth Illinois 61462

Physical address: 770 E. Clinton Ave, Monmouth Illinois 61462

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