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McGovern Library: About

Welcome to the McGovern Library's About Page. 

McGovern Library enriches the student learning experience and encourages intellectual discovery by connecting people with high quality information.  Our staff is here to assist the DWU family by providing information resources. 

Library Hours

Library  Hours


7:30 am - 4:00 pm


7:30 am -  12 pm





Contact the Library

Phone: (605) 995-2618


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McGovern Library
1200 W. University Ave. 
Mitchell, SD 57301


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Library Mission


The mission of the McGovern Library is to provide access to reliable sources of information to the Dakota Wesleyan University community in support of strong teaching and learning; robust information literacy among members of the community; and independent learning, research, and scholarship.

To read more about McGovern Library's mission, objectives, and policies, visit the Mission & Policy page. 

Library Services

Visit the Services Tab to read more about the following library services. 

Library Collections

McGovern Library houses several collections both within the library and online.  Learn more about the collections below. 

Print Collection

The print collection contains over 400,000 books and current periodical subscriptions. McGovern Library has over 200,000 eBooks and over 40,000 online films. Additionally, the library provides DWU students, faculty, and staff access to over 100 online databases, providing access to nearly 43,000 full-text journals and magazines.

Media Collection

The media collections at McGovern Library consists of Blu-Ray discs, DVDs, videotapes, CDs, audio cassettes, record albums, films, slides, audio-visual kits, and curriculum kits. These may be checked out at the Circulation Desk. 

Special Collections 

McGovern Library houses various collections made up of both print and non-print materials. These collections are uniquely curated and provide focused materials that support the main collection's scope. 

Margaret Teufel Children's Collection 
The Margaret Teufel Children's Collection, an endowed collection of children fiction and non-fiction.  

Boyajian Civil War Collection
The Boyajian Civil War Collection consists of materials focusing on the United States Civil War, providing in-depth resources on the conflict. 

Jennewein Western History Library
The Jennewein Western History Library consists of Western literature and history books, both fiction and non-fiction, and additionally contains papers and photographs located in the University Archives. 

Digital Library of South Dakota
The library’s digital collections highlights materials from archives including University Archives, McGovern Collection, and Case collection.

Dakota Wesleyan University Archives
The Dakota Wesleyan University Archives are housed on the second floor of the library. More information about the Archives can be found under the Archives Tab

To learn more about the library's collections, visit the Collections page. 

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