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Making History: AUC Library Wins Prestigious Award

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library has won the 2016 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

The center is the first HBCU to receive this national honor.

“This award is a stamp of recognition to the staff here and the programs we offer our students” Loretta Parham, CEO and library director said in a press release. “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 students and faculty members of Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the Interdenominational Theological Center.

The library currently has holdings of more than 1.5 million items in all formats, and its well-known Archives Research Center serves as a 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 Lincon Collection and the Tupac Shakur Collection.