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-seven 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 over eighty thousand streaming videos, as well as hundreds of thousands of electronic books, articles and images from sixty-two 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.”


Take a look at books currently in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk area which provide historical accounts and background for the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865 in Johnston County, N.C., only a few miles from Goldsboro.   The battlefield itself is a National Historic Landmark, and hosts many “living history” educational events, not only about the actual battle, but realities of daily life in the mid-nineteenth century.

“The Battle of Bentonville was the last full-scale action of the Civil War and the largest ever fought in North Carolina. Much of the battlefield has been preserved. “The c. 1850s Harper House still stands; the home of John and Amy Harper functioned as a Union Field Hospital during the battle. Visitors to the site will discover the downstairs are furnished to interpret a functioning Civil War field hospital, while the upstairs has period domestic furnishings. Living history events held annually and large-scale reenactment every five years, next one will be in 2020.”  A visit to the Harper House when I was very young, imagining what a field hospital would be like and how I would feel if I had been one of the family who stayed to tend to the wounded, inspired my own lifelong fascination with history, not just the big events, but all the small daily lives that were caught up in them.

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.