HBCU Library First to Win Prestigious National Academic Library Award

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff is the winner of the 2016 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Tamika Morrison
Follow me

Tamika Morrison

Editorial Director at RYSE INTERACTIVE
Lover of #Archetypes. #PRTherapist #Editor @RYSEConnected. #WanderlustDiaries Author of #1stLadyRules + Founder of @TMORRISONAGENCY #Closer2MyDreams #Part2
Tamika Morrison
Follow me

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library is the winner of the 2016 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. This is the first time that a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Library has received this national honor.


“This award is a stamp of recognition to the staff here and the programs we offer our students” says Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director. “This brings an immense endorsement to the level of education that is provided at the AUC, it proves that an HBCU can bring as much value, and expertise as a library at a predominantly white institution. And we do it with much fewer resources.”




The Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library serves the students and faculty at Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological CenterMorehouse College and Spelman College.


The AUC Woodruff Library competed against hundreds of national university libraries. Purdue University held the 2015 title.


Fondly known as “Club Woody” to its students and alumni, the AUC Woodruff library is heralded as a safe learning and social destination in the academic village. “Each year we continue to see the ‘Club Woody’ definition evolve,” chuckles Parham. “We’re not offended by that title at all. People give nicknames to things that are near and dear to their heart. This is a welcoming space where students can visit with their friends, meet for classes, work on projects, engage in educational activities, and discuss social and political issues” she adds.


The AUC Woodruff Library has holdings of over 1.5 million items in all formats, and its Archives Research Center is a well-known destination for the preservation and documentation of African American history and culture. It houses items from the historic Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Papers, the Asa G. Hilliard Collection, the Walter Rodney Collection, the C. Eric Lincoln Collection and the Tupac Shakur Collection.

We want to know what you think. Leave a comment.


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Have a great story idea, know someone On the RYSE, we would love to hear from you. Send us a message and we'll get back to you, asap.


© 2019 RYSE Interactive, Inc

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy





- Early Access to Top Stories

- Success Tips

- Unique Community Finds

- Exclusive Offers From Our Partners


Thanks for joining

the RYSE Tribe!


Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?