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 fifty-five 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.”


Wolves for  Children’s Storytime in the Erwin Library on Wednesday, February 28th from 9:00 -10:00 a.m.? !  Oh my yes, but these aren’t the ones that blow your house down!  These are the ones that like a good birthday party with plenty of cake, start life small and wobbly (just like us!), make best friends with newcomers, and think books are the bees knees!  Join the story time pack in the library and learn more!

Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month this February, not only by providing tidbits in your outdoor feeders for those brave fliers venturing back during a bit more North Carolina winter, but by learning more about these former dinosaurs from books available in the Erwin Library, particularly those in the Circulation Desk display area.

Oh yes, those cute little cardinals and chickadees  fluttering about your back porch descended from “a group of two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods, whose members include the towering Tyrannosaurus rex and the smaller velociraptors.”  Mainly, while some dinosaurs just kept getting bigger and uglier, the becoming-bird ones got smaller and smaller, used those feathers, and got rid of a snout to use a much more intrepid beak.  And who’s still here?  Seen a cute T. Rex lately?  No, and that’s because birds are cool, and birds rule!

Books currently on display in the library’s Reference area highlight the life and work of two important world figures in the history of civil rights, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) and Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).

“An abolitionist, writer and orator Frederick Douglass was the most important black American leader of the nineteenth century. Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he was the son of a slave woman and, probably, her white master. Upon his escape from slavery at age twenty, he adopted the name of the hero of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake. Douglass immortalized his years as a slave in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). This and two subsequent autobiographies, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855) and The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881), mark his greatest contributions to American culture. Written as antislavery propaganda and personal revelation, they are regarded as the finest examples of the slave narrative tradition and as classics of American autobiography.”   A controversial figure, Douglass welcomed the American Civil War as a way to hasten the abolition of slavery, and also supported the women’s rights movement, which many abolitionists felt detracted from concentration on civil rights for racial minorities.  He died on February 20, 1895.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an eminent freedom activist and an influential political leader who played a dominant role in India’s struggle for independence.   Born to a prominent family in India, and educated as a lawyer, yet unable to find suitable work in London, Gandhi accepted a position in South Africa, where  … he faced racial discrimination directed towards blacks and Indians. He faced humiliation on many occasions but made up his mind to fight for his rights.  After he came across an ancient Indian literature known as ‘Tirukkural’, which was originally written in Tamil and later translated into many languages, Gandhi was influenced by the idea of Satyagraha (devotion to the truth) and implemented non-violent protests around 1906.”

“After spending 21 years in South Africa, where he fought for civil rights, he had transformed into a new person and he returned to India in 1915.”  During the complex negotiations, protests and violence preceding the final departure of the British from their long rule of India, Gandhi (Mahatma is a title meaning “the great-souled one”) practiced his skills learned as a civil rights lawyer as well as his beliefs in non-violence and devotion to truth.  This continued throughout the fierce civil unrest between the various political and religious factions that nearly destroyed the newly independent India, until his assassination on January 30, 1948.

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.