Jennifer Dunlop, New Library Director

Miss Jennifer Dunlop assumed the position of MBU’s Library Director on June 13, 2022. Dunlop took over for Miss Lois Oetken, who had been serving as Interim Library Director since January 2022.

Dunlop returns to Maranatha having served as a Library Supervisor and an Administrative Assistant in the Athletic Office before the Lord moved her on to new ministry opportunities. Now, He has directed her path to return to MBU as the Library Director.

Dr. William Licht, Vice President for Academics said, “Jennifer Dunlop comes to MBU with over 15 years of library experience in both public and private settings. We believe she has the experience to lead the Cedarholm Library into the future effectively.”

Dunlop understands the mission of MBU. “I am excited to be back at Maranatha, and I look forward to connecting with students again and hopefully inspiring them to live a life of faith and obedience to Jesus,” she shared. “Life is too short to live a small life devoid of faith. The only way to safely navigate the tumultuous waters of our current age is to have an intimate relationship with God. Being able to interact with students and hopefully be a positive role model to point them to Christ is something that I most enjoy about working at MBU.”

Built in 1996, the Cedarholm Library stands as a testament to its humble beginnings in the lower level of Old Main. Over the years, the library directors have added to the collection and sought to keep current resources and technology available for students. Today, students have access to over 200,000 resources, including physical and electronic books, journals, and magazines, in addition to computer labs and research databases.

“I hope that everyone who walks through the library doors leaves challenged to learn, grow, and be a little more curious about our world than when they walked in,” Dunlop explained. “God has created an incredible world for us to enjoy, and He has given us the necessary tools to learn about his creation. Books are one way that you can engage with that information, and I look forward to helping connect students with resources that will not just help them fulfill academic requirements but that will also help propel them on into a life of constant learning and growth.”