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.

Library Layout

Library Policies

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.