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.”


Books currently on display in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk area highlight the 125th anniversary of the birth of J. Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972). “J. Edgar Hoover joined the Justice Department in 1917 and was named director of the Department’s Bureau of Investigation in 1924. When the Bureau reorganized as the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935, Hoover instituted strenuous agent-recruiting and advanced intelligence-gathering techniques. During his tenure he confronted gangsters, Nazis and Communists. Later, Hoover ordered illegal surveillance against suspected enemies of the state and political opponents. Despite receiving harsh criticism from the public, Hoover remained director of the FBI until his death on May 2, 1972.”

It seems to be a fact of the democratic way of government that it is not until freedom of action clearly crosses over into violation of rights ensured by the U.S. Constitution, which is also under frequent evaluation and amendment, that controls are enacted to curb the specific infractions more clearly, that is left vague until absolutely necessary to be made specific.  Hoover’s tenure as Director of the F.B.I. is a fascinating example of this fact in action.  Though limits were placed in 1976 on the length of tenure for an F.B.I. Director, as well as exact procedures for his or her communication with the U.S. President, in direct response to Hoover’s perhaps overlong Directorship, his achievement in nearly single-handedly creating the Bureau and maintaining its high level of performance and world-wide reputation as an effective crime-fighting resource cannot be denied.  Maybe it’s the controversial people, like J. Edgar Hoover, in our country’s history that might make the most useful reading to inspire individual critical thinking.

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.