Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center

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Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
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The front of Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
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CampusAtlanta University Center

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library is a library in Atlanta which serves the four members of the Atlanta University Center, the world's oldest consortium of historically black colleges and universities [1] (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College) and the Interdenominational Theological Center.[2][3][4] The library, constructed in 1982, is named for Robert Winship Woodruff, former CEO of the Coca Cola Company.[5] In 2010, the library completed a $16.2 million renovation, partly funded by donations from the Coca Cola Company.[6][7][8]

The library is a member of ARCHE, Lyrasis, OCLC, the HBCU Library Alliance, and is a participant of the Georgia state library network, GALILEO. In 2016, the library won the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries -- it was the first HBCU to win the award.[9]


The Woodruff Library owns over a million items, including 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 compact discs, more than 200 databases, and nearly 7,500 cubic feet (210 m3) of archival collection. The Archives and Special Collections department specializes in materials about the African American experience and the history of AUC schools.[5] Collections include the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.[10]


  1. ^ Bugg, Kimberly; Odom, Rosaline (Apr–Jun 2009). "Extreme Makeover Reference Edition: Restructuring Reference Services at the Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center". Reference Librarian. 50 (2): 193–204. doi:10.1080/02763870902755932. hdl:20.500.12322/auc.rwwlpub:0015. ISSN 0276-3877. Constructed in 1982, the Robert W. Woodruff Library is named in honor of Robert Winship Woodruff, former CEO of the Coca Cola Company. The library was designed to serve the instructional, informational, and research needs for member institutions of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the world’s largest and oldest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  2. ^ "About Our Library". Mission: We serve as the center of the academic village for Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College, providing the highest level of information resources and services in support of teaching and learning, scholarship and cultural preservation of the Atlanta University Center.
  3. ^ Fullwood, Steven G. (Jan–Feb 2006). "Saving Ourselves: Archival Treasures. The closing of the Clark Atlanta library school renews interest in collections at many historically black colleges and universities". Black Issues Book Review. 8 (1): 48–50. ISSN 1522-0524. [T]he Atlanta University Center Consortium Robert W. Woodruff Library, the new home of CAU SLIS records. It is the official library for four HBCUs--Spelman College, Morehouse College, Union Theological Center and Clark Atlanta University--and offers a wealth of rare and unique resources that sit quietly on its voluminous shelves.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-07-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "About Library". Atlanta University Center. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  6. ^ Ezarik, Melissa (November 2013). "INSIDE LOOK: LIBRARIES". University Business. 16 (11): 28–33. ISSN 1097-6671.
  7. ^ Galloway, Ann-Christe (December 2009). "Atlanta University Center will receive $1.2...". College & Research Libraries News. 70 (11): 714. doi:10.5860/crln.70.11.8297.
  8. ^ Free, David (Oct 2010). "Renovations at AUC". College & Research Libraries News. 71 (9): 465. ISSN 0099-0086. Renovated spaces include a new main level Learning Commons with Technology Design Studio, totally redesigned archives reading room, a new graduate study, and quiet study suites. This is the first major interior upgrade since the building's dedication in 1982.
  9. ^ "HBCU library honored". Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. 33 (25): 5. 12 Jan 2017. ISSN 1557-5411.
  10. ^ "Preserving Legacy of Hip Hop Icon". Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. 28 (18): 9. 13 October 2011. ISSN 1557-5411.

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