Nease Library is the learning resource and information center for Eastern Nazarene College. Materials in the library collections have been selected to support the curriculum and are organized to maximize access. Information services librarians provide individual assistance to respond to the community's information needs.
The "new" library was dedicated in 1992 and is named for three members of the Nease family, who served the college from 1919 through 1988. Floyd W. Nease came to ENC in 1919 as the college moved to Wollaston. He became president in 1924. During his brief tenure, the college received degree-granting authority from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. President Nease's wife, Madeline Nostrand Nease, was college registrar for 30 years, from 1930-1960. Stephen W. Nease carried on his parents' work in Christian higher education. He served as president of Mount Vernon Nazarene College, Bethany Nazarene College, and Nazarene Theological Seminary before returning to ENC in 1980 as the college's ninth president. Dr. Nease initiated the planning and fund-raising for the current library building.
While electronic resources are rapidly changing the delivery of information, the library building remains an important place in the life of the college. The combination of study space, meeting rooms, technology and professional assistance are a vital resource for students and faculty.
Nease Library is a member of OCLC, Massachusetts Library System, and OCLN (Old Colony Library Network). These collaborations allow access to collections and databases, expanding our research support to libraries around the world through interlibrary loan.
The professional library staff seeks to work with faculty and students to identify and provide access to the best resources. The librarians are committed to taking an active role in the college's teaching and learning processes by assisting students and faculty in selecting and evaluating information for research.