Robert W. Woodruff Library (Atlanta University Center)

Welcome to the Robert W. Woodruff Library Atlanta University Center (AUC). I’m so happy you could come by and check out the recipient of ACRL’s 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, University category. Here at the Woodruff we didn’t think anything could top that until our Director, Loretta Parham, was named the 2017 ACRL Academic / Research Librarian of the Year. But before I start to blush let’s take a look at what it is that makes this unique library a great place to work and study.

Built in 1982 and named in honor of Robert Winship Woodruff, former CEO of Coca-Cola, Woodruff is a non-profit corporation serving the Atlanta University Center consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College) and the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).

From the Archive Research Center (ARC) to the Technology Design Studio Woodruff weds the “old school” historical with the newest technology to give our patrons a balance of educational resources and experiences.

The personal papers and libraries of Atlanta pastors, religious and civil rights leaders are combined in the ARC with the better known Martin Luther King Jr. Morehouse College Papers, Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection, and Maynard Jackson (Atlanta’s first African-American mayor) Mayoral Records, among others. The ARC staff works semester by semester with the AUC schools and the ITC faculty to create assignments that require students to delve deeply into these rich resources.

While at the Technology Design Studio students can create videos in either of our two professionally outfitted Mac editing rooms or capture their projects in one of our two practice presentation rooms. If they’d rather they can use any of the programs contained in the Adobe Premium Suite on any of the twelve 24 inch Macs. And if their work calls for professional printing in any of its various hues or designs they can utilize the Xerox Document Center to get it done.

The graduate students from our seminary, ITC, have the luxury of access and resources of a University Research library. Over 250 databases, several specifically dedicated to religion, over 100,000 online books, and a growing number of online theses and dissertations through our Digital Commons, create instant access for both the brick and mortar, and distance-learning students. In the building itself a dedicated Graduate Student area creates a quiet area inaccessible to undergrads where seminary students can gather and study.

All these resources and in building amenities are wonderful. When added to the library’s great customer service the Robert W. Woodruff Library Atlanta University Center is a great resource for all our undergrad and graduate students.

Written by Brad Ost.

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