Howard University opened in 1867, its library consisted of
a small reading room and a few thousand books in the frame
building in which classes were held. Today,
the University Library System is among the nation's larger
academic and research libraries. It consists of a central
library group (comprised of the Founders Library/Undergraduate
Library and four branch libraries in professional schools―Architecture,
Social Work); the Moorland-Spingarn
Research Center; the
Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library;
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center Library;
and the Afro-American Studies Resource Center.
these facilities contain more than 2.2 million volumes; 14,000
current journal subscriptions; 3.7 million microform pieces;
6,600 manuscripts; and thousands of audio-visual items. Services
and traditional collections are greatly enhanced by a rich
universe of digital resources and the smart use of information
named in memory of the seventeen founders of the University,
is the main facility in the University Library System. Opened
in 1938, the building was designed by Albert
Irvin Cassell (1895-1969), an African American architect
from Towson, Maryland.
Undergraduate Library (UGL) opened in 1983.
The Founders Library and UGL house more than half of the books,
periodicals, microforms, and other resources held at the University,
with comprehensive coverage of disciplines in the behavioral
and social sciences, the sciences, engineering,
and the arts and humanities.
Library (806-7773), located
on the ground floor of the School of Architecture (Howard
H. Mackey Building), houses print and non-print materials
in the areas of building design and construction, interior
design, city planning, and preservation of the built environment.
located in the School of Business, houses print and electronic
resources to support the School's programs in business administration,
accounting, finance, marketing, insurance, computer-based
information systems, real estate and housing, management,
hospitality management, and international business.
Library (806-0760), located
on the East Campus, 1400 Shepherd Street, NE, in the School
of Divinity (Benjamin E. Mays Hall), covers all areas of religious
studies and houses the African Heritage Collection and audio
tapes from the Howard Thurman Educational Trust.
Stokes Health Sciences Library
at 501 W Street, NW, supports the teaching, research and
professional needs of the colleges of Medicine, Dentistry,
and Phamrmacy Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, as well
as the Howard University
located on the West Campus, at 2929 Van Ness Street,
NW, provides the Law School with the resources, facilities
and services it needs in teaching, research and professional
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
on the 1st floor of the Founders Library, is
recognized as one of the world's largest and most
comprehensive repositories for the documentation of
the history and culture of people of African descent
in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world.
As one of Howard University's major research facilities,
the MSRC collects, preserves, and makes available
for research a wide range of resources chronicling
the Black experience
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University, Washington, DC.
Ralph J. Bunche Reference Library and Reading Room
(806-4363), located at 2218 6th Street, NW,
a core collection of about 1,000 books and current periodicals
on various subjects in international affairs.
(806-4737), located in Inabel Burns Lindsay Hall, supports
the School of Social Work's programs on social welfare theory,
criminal justice, displaced populations, family and child
welfare, gerontology, and social work in health and mental
health care settings.
Department of Afro-American Studies maintains
a reading collection in the Afro-American
Studies Resource Center (806-7242),
located on the 3rd floor of
the Founders Library.