The main buildings, completed in 1964, contain classrooms, dormitories, a gym, a weight room, indoor swimming pool, library, dining areas, offices and living quarters for the SVD members. The chapel is the center of spiritual life within the College. Megan Hall, at the north end of the property, is the only building that remains from the original campus. Megan Hall currently houses upper division students and guests.
The Matthew Jacoby Library, with large windows overlooking the rolling Iowa countryside, provides a pleasant atmosphere for studying. Open stacks contain over 90,000 volumes on all subjects, and an adjacent reading room holds the current issues of the 350 magazines to which the library subscribes. In addition to its broad collection of recorded books and music, video tapes and CD ROMs, the Library also provides innovative resources on the College’s computer network. The library staff is glad to provide classroom and individual instruction as well as reference assistance with any aspect of library research. Divine Word College students have access to and borrowing privileges from the libraries of Dubuque-area colleges.
A learning center for students in the English as a Second Language program contains computers and other equipment for use in acquiring language skills.
A newly renovated computer work area with terminals, software and printers is used for classroom instruction and is also available to the students for use in their personal academic work.
A large combination gymnasium and auditorium can accommodate a variety of sports, plays and concerts. A full-size swimming pool is an inviting place to exercise after studying. Students can also relax in a recreation area where there is a TV room, pool and game tables, snack bar and lounge.
The Weyland, SVD, Gallery is an inviting exhibit area near the College’s main entrance. The Weyland Gallery sponsors five art exhibits annually, including an exhibit of student artwork.
The Russell J. Hannon and George Dodds Gallery is located in the main ground floor corridor. The Hannon Dodds Gallery surrounds the Divine Word College community with art from around the world.
The 30-acre college campus provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including soccer, baseball and tennis. Nearby is the Heritage Trail for hiking, biking or cross-country skiing.