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The Cedarholm Library uses EBSCO (A.K.A. HOLMES) to search for information at the library. HOLMES gives access to most digital and physical material provided by the library. Follow these links to access the main Library Catalog or to check the status of, or to renew your physical materials go to My Checkouts.



The Cedarholm Library  is open at different times based on the time of year. Our semester hours usually run from September through April. Exam week is the last week of each semester.

The library is closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving (Wednesday through Friday) and Christmas Day.


You can find Cedarholm Library at 745 West Main Street Watertown, WI 53094. Once you reach the campus you can enter the main entrance. You’ll pass the gymnasium and then the Dining Complex on the right. The Cedarholm Library is straight ahead. Guests can park to the north of the building in the designated visitor parking stalls.


Semester Hours
Day of Week Open Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Friday 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM


Exam Week
Day of Week Open Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Saturday Closed


Summer Hours
Day of Week Open Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Saturday Closed


Library Layout

Library Policies


Phones – When you’re here in the building, please take cell phone conversations to the lobby or a closed room. The phone in the library is not for public use.

Visual Media – The DVDs in our collection are primarily intended for educational purposes. For that reason you can use the video equipment in the library only for class assignments and projects.

Testing Service – The Testing Service is located on the lower level of the Cedarholm Library. Testing hours end one hour before closing. The testing fee is five dollars per test and two dollars per quiz. That fee is waived if you missed the test or quiz for an official school-sponsored event or the Health Center contacts the library to vouch that you were too ill to take the test or quiz

Study Rooms – Study group areas are available on a first-come first-served basis. Experienced reference guides are available at the Circulation Desk to assist in locating materials.

Student ID Cards – We issue student ID cards during your Freshman and Junior years. If we give you a card that has a defect, you can bring the card to the library. We’ll create a replacement at no cost to you. If you lose your card, we will charge fifteen dollars to your school account for a replacement.

Library Materials

General Material – General material includes books, CDs, and DVDs that are not on course reserve or in the Reference section. You can check out up to twenty items of general material for three weeks at a time. After that you can renew them for one week. If you don’t return the books by their due date, we charge twenty-five cents per day until you return the book.

Special Equipment – We have a number of special equipment items available for check-out. These include overhead projectors, easels, etc. and are located in the Media Center. You are allowed to check out special equipment for the entirety of the day on which you check it out. If you do not return items by the due time, we will charge twenty-five cents per hour.

Course Reserve – Your professor might set a book (or several) aside for his or her class to use. These are called course reserve materials. If an item is on course reserve you can check it out somewhere between seven days to just overnight. The library staff who checks out your material will let you know how long you have. You can check out up to three items per class, but you can’t renew these items. We need to let others use this limited material. If you don’t return the book by its due date, we charge you one dollar per day.

Library Use Only – Some materials are designated library use only. This would include materials in the Reference section and Heritage Room collection. If you check outlibrary use only items, you can do so for only two hours. You cannot renew these items. And if you don’t return items designated library use only by the due time, we charge twenty-five cents per hour.

Item Procedures

Checking-Out an Item – When you check out an item, bring your ID card. Make sure only you use your ID card to check out items. Don’t give it to someone else. If someone else checks out items with your card, you are responsible for what happens. The same holds true if you check out an item and then loan it to a friend. If he doesn’t return it on time, you are responsible to pay the fine.

Renewing an Item – You can renew your checked-out item in person, by phone, or by email on or before the due date. We send you an e-mail a few days before the due date with a link you can follow to renew your item.

Item’s Due Date – Make sure you return your item to the library by closing time on the day it’s due. If you need to return your item while the library is closed you can use the drop box outside. However, please return kits, DVDs, and CDs inside the library at the Circulation Desk to avoid damaging these items.

Overdue Items – You can check out new items only after you’ve returned all overdue items and paid all fines on your account.

Putting an Item on Hold – Occasionally, you might want to check out an item only to discover its already checked out. In this case you can put a hold on the item. You can do this from the Catalog or at the Circulation Desk. When the item returns we notify you and hold the book for two days. If you don’t check it out during that time it is returned to the shelf for others to use. You can place a hold on any materials except reserve items.

Damaged Item – If you damage the item you checked out, we will charge you a fine for its repair or, if needed, replacement.

Lost Item – Report an item as lost as soon as you know it’s lost. When you do this it stops your fine from accruing. If you keep a book for six weeks we automatically consider it lost. If you lose an item, we charge you any fines accrued plus the actual replacement cost, plus the shipping and handling fee. Sometimes lost books are found. When this happens, we also refund the replacement cost and shipping and handling fee. Since it’s ultimately an overdue item, we will still keep the fine money.

Library Recall – In rare and special situations the Circulation Supervisor may recall an item after it has been out at least 2 weeks. You’ll have 24 hours to return the recalled item. If it’s not returned in that time we may need to assess a fine.

Library History

The library officially began with a donation from the founding president’s personal library. The first two cataloged items were a Bible and an Encyclopedia. Maranatha’s first library was humbly located in the basement of the main administration building (affectionately known as “Old Main”). It later expanded up to the second floor. The president’s wife, Mrs. Thelma Cedarholm, was the first librarian. She was instrumental in forming the library from the very beginning. Mrs. Cedarholm guided it in its infancy and was the Director for 20 years from 1968-88.

Mr. Tom Erickson succeeded her as the Library Director from 1988-89. During his time at the library, he implemented the first computer system used to process data records. He was followed by Mr. Dave White (1989-1991) and Mrs. Carolyn Perdue (1991-1992). During their collective years at the library, they increased the collection size by an astounding 77% or roughly 82,000 volumes within three years.

Mr. Stephan Mattsen then served in the Director position for nearly a decade from 1993-2002. During this time, a dedicated library building, the Cedarholm Library and Research Center, was constructed in the heart of campus adjacent to the Dining Complex and “Old Main” in 1996. The library is named after the founders of Maranatha, Dr. and Mrs. B. Myron and Thelma Cedarholm. As could be expected from the library of a Baptist institution, we place a special emphasis on collecting and preserving Baptist and Bible materials. The Cedarholms enjoyed visiting missionaries, and they brought back many souvenirs from their journeys. And a number of these items are currently on display in the Cedarholm Library.

The Digital Age and Beyond: In 2002, Miss Lois Oetken became the Library Director. She navigated the library into the digital age with its rapid changes between 2002-2013. In 2013, Mr. Mark Hanson started his tenure as the Library Director. He has served as both the Circulation Supervisor and the Assistant Library Director since coming to the Cedarholm Library in 2009.