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The mission of the Wade Center is to collect, preserve, and make available to the public all writings related to these seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

The Kilby Reading Room, named in honor of Clyde and Martha Kilby, is a quiet space available for use by anyone interested in reading or researching these authors. Readers are required to register to use the Reading Room, but there is no fee. The Wade Center materials are non-circulating. Additional materials from the collections are on display in our Museum.

Using Archives Icon

Want to learn more about conducting archival research? Read the guide Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research written by Laura Schmidt, Wade Center archivist.

Collection Listings

Locate materials and learn more about the Wade Center's collections.

Research Visits

Planning to visit the Wade Center Reading Room? Read on for some information you should know.