Academics: Library

About the Library

Constructed in 1982, the Robert W. Woodruff Library is named in honor of the late Robert Winship Woodruff, former CEO of The Coca-Cola Co. The library was designed to serve the instructional, informational and research needs for member institutions of the Atlanta University Center, the world's largest and oldest consortium of historically Black colleges and universities. The institutions that make up the Atlanta University Center are Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College.

The Woodruff Library strives to reflect the excellence of its member institutions by being the first choice for users in their search for information. As an academic resource with a mission to achieve distinction in providing and supporting the learning, teaching, and research needs for each institution in the Atlanta University Center, it is vital to meet the needs and issues critical to its shareholders.

Users of the Woodruff Library have the assurance of knowing that their information needs will be taken care of from any point of entry. Orientations, tours, and instruction provide users with guidance in using specific Library collections and services. Research assistance is offered in person, by telephone, through individual and group consultation or through the web using the AskRef email reference service. A Kurzweil Reader and dosed circuit television for text magnification and color adjustment are available for visually challenged patrons. There are also approximately 600 study carrels available for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students who are actively involved in conduction research and intensive study. Computer labs, electronic classrooms, video conferencing, and 200 computers and available for student and faculty use.

E-Resources can be accessed online in the Library and from remote locations. The Robert W. Woodruff Library provides access to full-text electronic journals, books and reference items by direct purchase. The Library is a member of ARCHE, SOLINET, OCLC, HBCU Library Alliance, and a participant of the Georgia state library network, GALILEO, The Library also participates in an active Interlibrary Loan service making available needed materials owned by other libraries throughout the United States and internationally, and an interlibrary use program, which permits access to the collections of nineteen other Georgia libraries that participate in the ARCHE consortium.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library's holdings exceed 1.6 million items and include approximately: 383,000 print volumes; 43,000 electronic books; 867,000 microforms; 314,000 government documents; 17,000 theses and dissertations; 35,000 bound periodicals; 1,500 current periodical subscriptions; 7,000 videos, DVDs and CDs; more than 200 databases and nearly 7,500 cubic feet of archival collections. The Archives and Special Collections department is noted for its extensive materials documenting the African American experience and the rich history of the AUC schools. Among the unique holdings are the John Henrik Clarke Africana Collection, the Henry P. Slaughter Collection, and the Countee Cullen/Harold Jackman Memorial Collection of visual and performing arts.