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About the Library


The library faculty and staff welcomes you to the Miller F. Whittaker Library. The library faculty and staff is comprised of five professional librarians, including the Dean of Library and Information Services, and four permanent support staff members to assist you with your academic and research needs. The library offers a number of programs and services designed to meet the expressed and potential needs of library users.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Miller F. Whittaker Library is to provide access to and delivery of information resources to support research methodology and critical thinking, instruction, self-development, lifelong learning skills, and the mission of the university. Library personnel strengthens the intellectual environment of the academic community by developing, organizing, and preserving multi-formatted collections for information retrieval. Library personnel focuses on meeting user needs and providing innovative and creative learning opportunities. Library personnel fosters relationships with faculty, provides outreach services to students and the community, supports academic disciplines in the research process, and participates in the teaching process by instructing users on information access and use.



Vision Statement

The vision of the Miller F. Whittaker Library is to ensure that the academic community will be effective searchers, retrievers, interpreters, and managers of information in a competitive and global society.



In 1967, South Carolina State College received $1m. from the South Carolina Assembly and the Higher Education Facilities Act to build a new library. The new structure, the Miller F. Whittaker Library was dedicated in 1969. The library was named in honor of Dr. Miller F. Whittaker, the third president of South Carolina State University. The library consisted of two floor levels and a lower level. In 1979, a third level - the mezzanine floor, was added to increase the seating and shelving capacity for users and resources. The library's integrated online system was implemented in 1991. Users have access to the collection through a computerized system.

Today, the Miller F. Whittaker Library maintains over 317,233 volumes, 1,050,781 microforms, and subscribes to over 18,334 digital newspapers, journals, and magazines. The library serves as a partial depository for a select group of Federal documents and a sub-depository for State publications. A variety of programs and services are offered to meet the needs and expectations of library users.

Library Directors and Deans
  • Ms. Celeste Hatcher, Librarian 1925-?

  • Mrs. Julia McBeth, Librarian 1930-31

  • Mrs. H.B. Lawson, Librarian 1931-32

  • Mrs. A.R. Nix, Head Librarian 193?-56

  • Mrs. Jestina Henderson, Head Librarian 1956-60

  • Mr. Binford C. Conley, Head Librarian 1960-63

  • Ms. Barbara J. Williams, Head Librarian 1963-71

  • Mrs. Lillie S. Walker, Acting Head Librarian 1971-74

  • Dr. Barbara W. Jenkins, Dean, Lib. & Info. Services 1974-97

  • Ms. Mary L. Smalls, Dean, Library & Information Services 1997-2008
  • Ms. Adrienne C. Webber, Dean, Library & Information Services 2008-2016
  • Dr. Ruth A. Hodges, Interim Dean, Library & Information Services 2016-