Member Spotlight - Dallas Baptist University Vance Memorial Library
Dallas Baptist University, formerly Decatur Baptist College, came to southwest Dallas in 1965 from Decatur, Texas. Originally a two-year college, Dallas Baptist became a four-year institution and is now an established institution of Christian Higher Education with more than 4,500 students. Dallas Baptist University has been an Amigos Library Services member since 1973.
Residing on the main campus, the Vance Memorial Library is located in approximately 27,880 square feet on the first and second floors of the Carr P. and Ruth Collins Learning Center, which was built in 1965. Serving as the academic hub on campus, the library provides the study, research, and collaboration space necessary for the campus community.
Vance Memorial Library offers close to a million information resources in a variety of formats. Offerings include 230,000 books, 80,000 eBooks, and more than 200 electronic databases. Their special collections include a Baptist History and Heritage Collection as well the Rose-Mary Rumbley Collection featuring the vast collection of Dallas local legend and world class story teller, Rose-Mary Rumbley.
Library support and staff take advantage of FREE Amigos member benefits such as subscription to the RDA toolkit and participation in our online conferences. Dallas Baptist University also participates in our courier service, Trans-Amigos Express (TAE). This service saves the library money and gives them the potential to connect with 240 TAE libraries and over 600 libraries in Kansas and Missouri (through Kansas Library Express, MALA, and MOBIUS) for ILL. The library also saves money by subscribing to databases like Oxford’s Grove Online Music and SpringShare's SpringShare Suite, through our vendor partners!
To learn more about Dallas Baptist University and Vance Memorial Library, check out our interview with Library Director and Research Librarian, Scott Jeffries, and visit the University's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube pages.