The Earl S. Richardson Library is the main academic information resource center on the campus. The new building which covers approximately 222,517 square feet opened in 2008. It houses over 500,000 volumes, and access to over 160,000 e-books & 5,000 periodical titles. The Library subscribes to 167 online databases. Reading and study spaces provide wired and wireless access to databases for research.
It is located in a highly prominent site, fronting Hillen Road. The state-of-the-art building includes a multi-story lobby, lounges, private group study rooms, meeting rooms, a technology-enhanced instruction room, computer laboratory, and other computers in many locations.
The Earl S. Richardson Library has Several Notable Features:
- Showcases for themed exhibits
- Multimedia and audiovisual capabilities in meeting and study rooms
- Display cases for items from the collection of the James E. Lewis Museum of Art
- Exterior vertical glass panels that minimize sun glare into the East Reading Rooms on the first, second, and third floors
- The Beulah M. Davis Special Collection Department for African-American books, manuscripts, artifacts and Morganiana
- The Benjamin A. Quarles Room for seminars and meetings
- The Boardroom and terrace located on the fourth floor
- The Parren J. Mitchell Room/Study Lounge (vending machines, computers, etc.)
- Interior seating with distinctive skylights
- The Clarence W. Blount Room for seminars and meetings
- Environmentally friendly green roof
- Study space for visiting and emeriti faculty
- General use computer lab accommodating sixty (60) users