Huffington Library

Our mission is to provide a diverse collection of resources and instruction in their use that fulfill both the intellectual and recreational needs of all members of our community. We serve as an intellectual center in a comfortable environment with a caring atmosphere where all are welcome.

The Huffington Library's Philosophy

The primary function of our library is to serve the learning and teaching needs of students and faculty. Consistent with the Culver Mission Statement, the library attempts to develop the intellectual growth of all students by providing resources and instruction in their use that will allow them to "nurture intellectual curiosity, critical thought, the acquisition of knowledge, creativity, and the development of academic skills."

Our library is a place where all ideas can be considered, analyzed, investigated, and debated in an objective manner. We serve to "open minds" by presenting materials with all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our times and to provide instruction and opportunities for students to develop discriminating taste.

We serve as an extension to the classroom, functioning as a "learning laboratory" where students can independently explore ideas presented in class. While it serves as an extension to the classroom, it also serves as a stepping stone to the information-rich society students will face in their adult life and a place where interests outside the classroom can be pursued.


Popular Resources

eBooks Check out one of our eBooks using your Culver login and password.  You will need to download Adobe Digital Editions (one time download) in order to read, manage your eBook check outs.  Download available here:  Let us know what titles you'd like to see in this format!

EBSCOHost Research databases provides access to several databases available on Indiana's "Virtual Library".  Get access to several million articles from academic journals, magazines, newspapers and reference sources.

JSTOR Over 4 million articles from academic journals and one million images/primary sources.
Library Catalog Search over 50,000 items (books, DVDs, more) in the Huffington Library collection.
Duolingo We have selected Duolingo as our new "learn another language" tool!  Just create your own profile (it's free) and learn!  
Noodletools Online citation generator used at Culver for research projects.
Proquest Articles from over 2000 newspaper, magazine, journal and reference sources.

Additional Resources

American Heritage Magazine Access to issues from 1954 to present.
Annals of American History

Timeline, alphabetical and subject access to speeches, historical accounts and more.

Art Museum Image Gallery Over 155,000 works of art from prehistoric to contemporary.
Biography in Context Over 600,000 biographies covering over 525,000 individuals from over 170 quality reference titles with daily updates.  PW is eagles.
Contemporary Authors Over 116,000 novelists, poets, playwrights and journalists from the 20th and 21st century.
Digital Vault Access Culver's history through this digital archive of the Roll Call (1904-present), Alumnus magazine (1927-present), the Vedette (1896-present), photos and more. Register with Alumni for full access.
Encyclopedoa Britannica and Webster's Dictionary

Access the full encyclopedia along with the dictionary and thesaurus.

Health & Wellness Resource Center Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, over 700 health-related videos and thousands of articles from trusted medical reference titles. 

PW is eagles.

National Newspapers Core The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and more (cover-to-cover full page images) many from 1980 to present.
Literature Online (LION) Over 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose; 136 literature journals.
LitFinder Full-text of literary works (poems, short stories, novels, essays, plays and speeches) and literary criticism, biographies, work and topic overviews. PW is eagles.
Opposing Viewpoints Over 5 million periodical articles presenting a range of perspectives on important issues including 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays, 5,000 topic overviews and more.
Oxford Art Online More than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, and access to 45,000 images.
Oxford English Dictionary

Touted as "the definitive record of the English Language."

Oxford Music Online Over 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors and individual works.
Proquest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times This historical newspaper provides researchers with first-hand accounts and coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage: 1851-2012.
Science in Context Over 22,000 topic overviews, 8,100 biographies, 1.5 million periodical articles from publications like Science Weekly and The Science Teacher, 16,000 images and videos. PW is eagles.

* NOTE: Online subscriptions are only available to students and staff of CEF. For use off campus, contact the Library Staff.


Hours of Operation

Winter School (mid August - early June) 

7:30 AM - 9:40 PM (M-Th)
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM (F)
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Sa)
12:00 PM - 9:40 PM (Su)  

For more Winter School information, check out Current Student Resources. 

Summer Schools & Camps  

Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM;  Closed Sundays except for Homecoming.

Where do I look up a book?

On our Huffington Library catalog Be sure to check out the Library Resources and the Culver Current Student Resources for more resources.

How many books or movies can I check out and for how long?

You are welcome to check out up to 8 books or DVDs.  The books check out for 4 weeks and the Classic Movies (below R rating) check out for 1 week.  During heavy research times, you may be limited to 3 NONFICTION books on a particular subject.  If you need them longer, ask the library staff and you can usually renew for another three weeks (unless someone else has it on hold).  Instructional DVDs can be checked out for one week but ONLY with the permission (via email or phone) of an instructor or library staff.

What happens if my book or DVD is overdue?

You will receive an e-mail notice.  Please respond to the e-mail immediately.  If you need to renew, you can do so online by logging into your account (unless the book is on hold).  Your counselor will also be sent a copy of your overdue notice. After receiving two overdue notices, you may be assigned to DC.

What if the Huffington Library does not have the book I need?

Through a service called Interlibrary Loan (ILL) we are able to borrow books from other libraries.  Ask for an ILL form at the Main Desk or click on the link on the Library Resources page.  Books we have borrowed through ILL are only delivered to Culver once a week, so you will need to plan ahead.

Can I listen to music?

Yes, as long as you use earbuds or headphones and no one else can hear your music.

Can I eat or drink in the library?

Only bottled water is allowed.

What are the hours of CQ?

Underclassmen are required to be in the library before 8:00 PM and must stay until 9:40 PM. Seniors and juniors with full seconds may come and go as long as they sign in/ out and are not disruptive.

Do I need a pass to come to the library for CQ?

Only students who have been assigned to room study will need a pass from their counselor or teacher.  This pass needs to be given to the student proctor at sign in.

Where can I study with a group during CQ?

There are several areas for group study:  Reading Area, Forum, and eight group study rooms.  You need to sign up for a group study room. Priority is given to students in the same class; up to four in a group; first come, first served! The Group Study rooms are NOT soundproof so you will need to talk QUIETLY so you don’t disturb others.

Can I use Skype in the library?

According to the Responsible Use Policy which you signed, using Culver technology to access non-academic websites during academic hours is not permitted.  Please be sure to log out of Skype during academic hours (8:15 AM – 3:45 PM, 7:30 – 10:00 PM).

Where can I print, copy or scan?

There are several printers on campus you can use to print, scan to pdf or make copies:

Welcome Desk (1st floor) and Workroom (2nd floor) in the Library
Eppley Hall of Humanities (1st floor)
Dicke/Roberts Hall of Math/Science (2nd floor)
College Advising (Legion Building).  

You will need to log in to the printer in order to initiate the print/copy/scan job.

If you need multiple copies or are printing a large file (over 10 pages), please use Administrative Services ( in the Eppley Hall of Humanities (Ground floor).   
Please be responsible and respect copyright and print only what you need.  And use the recycle bins across campus!

What if I would like to donate a book or video to the library?

The Huffington Library welcomes and encourages gifts in support of the Culver Academies mission. Over the years, the library has benefitted tremendously from the generosity of donors and continues to rely heavily upon endowments to sustain the collection for the benefit of the students, faculty and staff.

Huffington Library Gift Policy: Interested donors are encouraged to contact the Development Office (574.842.7400, and must submit a list of materials (electronically if possible) for consideration as donations before physically depositing any materials. On this list, please include the author, title, date of publication and general condition of each item. If the Library agrees to accept the materials, the Development Office will work with the donor to provide a gift acknowledgement letter which includes a charitable gift receipt for tax purposes.

For donations in excess of $5,000, a qualified appraisal must be obtained at the expense of the donor before the books are presented to the library and possibly processed into the library collection. Neither the Library nor Culver Academies is responsible for appraisals.

The Library's goal in accepting gifts is to acquire only those materials that 1) support the current and evolving curriculum at Culver Academies, 2) support the basic research needs of students, faculty, and staff and 3) meet the criteria of its collection development policy in terms of nature, quality, and condition. While many donated titles may be of merit, we may have to decline materials as they are out of the normal scope of our collection or duplicate existing holdings.

If gifts are accepted, it should be understood that the Huffington Library at Culver Academies becomes the owner of the material and reserves the right to determine its retention, location, use, maintenance and removal. The Library accepts donations only on the condition that we may dispose of those items that will not be added to the collection in whatever manner we determine to be the most suitable. Those options include donations to nonprofit institutions such as Better World Books, exchanges for needed books of equal value, or sales, with the money to be used to purchase collection materials. Any materials that we find to be so deteriorated as to make them unfit for storage and/or use will be discarded according to policy.

We cannot promise to maintain a collection or group of books as a single entity segregated from the circulating and reference collections. The library may also decline to accept special collections, unless they are accompanied by significant, designated funding to cover the cost of processing and maintenance.

If you have any questions, please contact the library ( or Susan Freymiller (Library Director) via email or phone 574.842.8442.

  • Huffington Rare Book Collection – Given by Michael Huffington ‘65
  • Dicke Rare Book Collection - Given by James F. Dicke II ’64 
  • Napoleon Collection – Given by Speed Bancroft ’51, Nancy Bancroft, & Elizabeth Holland Bancroft 
  • Gene Siskel ’63 Collection– Given by The Gene Siskel Charitable Foundation 
  • E. K. Burch, Military & Aviation Collection – From the Library of E. K. Burch

Special Collections: Endowed Gift Funds

The Donald Eugene Clark Memorial Endowment

Established in 1995 by the Estate of Wilma Rae Clark, wife of Donald Eugene Clark and mother of William L. Clark CMA ’51 and Stephen D. Clark CMA ’60.

The Class of 1961 – Major C. S. Young Book Fund

Established in 1961 by the graduating class for the purpose of purchasing books or media materials for the library in the name of Major Young, long time faculty member.

The John William Henderson, Jr. and Joey W. Henderson Book Fund

Established in 1982 by the family in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. William Henderson, Jr. CMA ’43.

The Ralph & Helen Luken Library Fund

Established in 1997 from previous gifts made by Robert Luken, CMA ’63.

The James William Mahon Memorial Fund

Established in 1981 by James K. Fulks, Jr. in memory of his uncle, James W. Mahon.

The Meg Marshall Memorial Book Fund

Established in 1965 by the friends of the late Margaret Ann Marshall CMA ’65.

The Ann Maull Library Fund

Established in 1960 by the friends of the late Ann Lysell Maull CMA ’60.