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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

Miller F. Whittaker Library will be recognized as a customer-oriented and technologically-driven, secure environment for enhanced teaching, learning, innovation, collaboration, and research in support of student success to meet the demands of a globally competitive 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.

Currently, the Miller F. Whittaker Library maintains over 317,485 volumes, 1,052,345 microforms, and subscribes to over 23,787 digital newspapers, journals, and magazines. Through proxy authentication, these and related online resources are accessible to meet the needs and expectations of on-campus and off-campus students, faculty, and staff of S.C. State University. The library serves as a partial depository for a select group of Federal documents and a sub-depository for State publications.

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-