Erwin Library

Welcome to the Clyde A. Erwin, Jr. Library, located in the Wayne Learning Center, with entrances on the third floor beside the elevators and on the third floor landing of the atrium stairwell. Part of the Community College Libraries in North Carolina (CCLINC) consortium, with a shared online catalog, the Erwin Library collections include over thirty-five thousand print books and a small selection of print periodical and newspaper subscriptions, with thousands more subscribed to electronically for in-library and remote use, 24/7. Accessible through the WCC Single Search discovery service are nearly thirty thousand streaming videos, as well as hundreds of thousands of electronic books, articles and images from forty-four research databases in addition to those subscribed to through NC LIVE.  Our mission includes providing “the highest standard of professional and friendly service to all patrons, including both individual and classroom instruction in information literacy.”


It’s no Trick!  We’re going to Treat you to lots of funny, eerie stories, games and songs during  Children’s Storytime in the library on Wednesday, October 26th from 9:00-10:00 a.m.   It’s all good (and only slightly spooky) fun!

Perhaps the library is not generally viewed as a venue for experiencing “thrills and chills” of the most intense order, but this October in the Erwin Library, books on display (and for you to check out if you so desire) bring to mind both the fear and wonder of magic.

In the Circulation Desk area exhibit you will find books about the fabled escape artist performer, nay, legend, Harry Houdini, whose death just ninety years ago on October 31, 1926 made that Halloween particularly sad and eerie.  Only fifty-two years old at his demise, Houdini was not only a performer, but one of the earliest airplane pilots, having made the first successful, sustained, powered flight in the continent of Australia!

Continuing the Halloween theme, in the Reference exhibit area you will find a generous treat of books, non-fiction as well as fiction, about Ghosts, Vampires, Zombies, and other less than desirable study buddies.

As to Halloween itself, according to a British author, whose homeland is rumored to have originated the mash-up of old and new celebrations, “The Americanised Halloween that we experience now actually originated in the Celtic fringes of Britain, and was adapted by Christian traditions, immigrants’ conventions and an insatiable desire for sweets … The word comes from ‘Hallowed evening’, and is the day before All Hallows Day – also known as All Saints’ Day.”

What did WCC students do in 1972? How about those hairdos .. and that’s the faculty! You’ll see it was a slightly different world, but still Goldsboro and still our school as you flip through thirteen newly digitized WCC Yearbooks (Yearbooks link) published between 1964 and 1985, now part of the WCC Historical Archives.  You’ll also find the WCC Campus Voice newspaper (See: Newspapers) published between 1968 and 2008, and the WCC Renaissance literary magazine (See: Campus Publications) for 1985 through the present.