The Marion E. Wade Center houses a major research collection of the books and papers of seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.
These writers are well known for their impact on contemporary literature and Christian thought. Combined, they produced over four hundred books including novels, drama, poetry, fantasy, children's books, and Christian treatises. Overall, the Wade Center has more than 15,000 volumes including first editions and critical works. Other holdings on the seven authors include letters, manuscripts, audio and video tapes, artwork, dissertations, periodicals, photographs, and related materials. Any of these resources may be studied in the quiet surroundings of the Kilby Reading Room.
In addition, the Wade Center has a museum where such pieces as C.S. Lewis' family wardrobe and writing desk, Charles Williams' bookcases, J.R.R. Tolkien's desk, Pauline Baynes' original map of Narnia, and a tapestry from Dorothy L. Sayers' home can be viewed. Photographs, rare books and manuscripts, and other small items of memorabilia complete the displays.
Wade Center Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm;
Saturday, 9 am - 12 pm (during the academic year)
(Reading Room closed noon-1 pm) Wade Center hours are subject to change. Please call to confirm times at (630) 752-5908.