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McGovern Library McGovern Library is an elegant signature building on the Dakota Wesleyan campus.  The 49,000-square-foot facility serves as a repository, a laboratory and as a center for the development of servant leaders, effectively accommodating the needs of 21st century students.  It also houses the archives of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, the McGovern Legacy Museum, classrooms, Student Support Services and a coffee bar.

McGovern Library holds more than 78,000 items in its collection, including books, periodicals, DVDs and curriculum sets.  Available for research are more than 1,000 magazines and journals, an extensive collection of print and electronic books, and numerous online periodical indexes and full-text databases.  The library is a member of the South Dakota Library Network (SDLN), and the online catalog provides access to materials in McGovern Library, as well as to more than 5.6 million items in more than 70 other South Dakota libraries.

In addition to serving as a storehouse for recorded knowledge collected, maintained and preserved in support of the educational process, the library provides reference and library instructional services. In the library, DWU offers students hands-on experience with technologies they will encounter after graduation, including 24-hour access to cutting-edge hardware and software for the production and use of media-authoring equipment.

McGovern Library not only offers enhanced opportunities for learning and research, it encourages browsing, recreational reading, intellectual curiosity, and the habit of self-education. Serving as the campus family room, McGovern library provides venues for constructive exchanges of ideas in a variety of study atmospheres that take into account different learning styles. Students and visitors alike can enjoy a beverage from the coffee bar, discuss current events in front of the fireplace or study quietly in a cozy corner. 

The library is open seven days a week during the academic year. Twenty-four-hour access to many resources and services is available through the Internet. Visit the library’s home page at www.dwu.edu/library to search for information and learn more about this excellent facility.

Patten-Wing Theatre – The Patten-Wing Theatre is the primary performing and educational center for the theatre program and the site for many events at the university.  It is located in Hughes Science Hall.

Sherman Center – The Sherman Center is a facility designed to hold worship and musical performance events.  The main floor offers moveable seating for up to 425 people and the balcony has fixed seating for 160.  The building is equipped with audio-visual capabilities to allow for projection to two large screens.  The Sherman Center is used for large campus events such as Opening Convocation and Baccalaureate.

Wagner Chapel – This traditional chapel is open and accessible 24 hours a day to spend quiet time in individual reflection and prayer.  It provides a central campus location for smaller group worship, study groups or gatherings with seating for more than 45.

Information Technology
The information technology (IT) department supports the telecommunications, cable TV and computing infrastructure on the DWU campus including administrative, academic and residential technology systems. 

Student Computer Services – Internet access and printing is provided to all students while on campus, and each student is provided a personalized email account and Internet storage that is accessible whether they are on or off campus.  Support for student computers, residential telephones and cable TV, and network and computer services is provided free of charge through the IT Help Desk.  The Help Desk can be contacted at (605) 995-2697 or email helpdesk@dwu.edu.

Classroom Technology – Instructional technology equipment has been placed in most DWU classrooms on a permanent basis.  The library’s media services department maintains several classrooms as “smart classrooms” or “technology-equipped classrooms,” with Internet/network access, multimedia projectors, and computer workstations and/or laptop connections. 

Computer Labs and Lounges – DWU has five classroom-sized computer labs.  Two of these labs are for specific curriculum, one for multimedia creation and editing, the other consisting of tablet computers for use with math and statistical software applications.  Computer lounges can be found in resident halls and most buildings on campus offer Internet and network-accessible workstations and printing for the campus community.

Internet/Wireless Access – Network and Internet access are offered wirelessly in most areas of campus including classrooms and residential living areas.  Student computers, game consoles and other network-enabled devices are able to use the network and Internet in accordance with the DWU Computer and Network Appropriate Use Policy.

Online Services – DWU is on the Web with a portal that allows students to register for classes, check their grades, pay their university bill, and participate in both hybrid and fully online classes.  Within their class portals, students can contact their instructor and other students in the class, check assignments and attendance, take online tests and turn in assignments as well as participate in online chats and discussions.  These services are all accessible through DWU’s TigerNet at TigerNet.dwu.edu.

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