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.”


For an OWLin’ good time, join us for stories and songs during  Children’s Storytime in the Erwin Library on Wednesday, August 14th from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  WHOOO doesn’t want good books and good times with good friends?!

August 2019 marks the 210th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Tennyson (August 6, 1809-October 6, 1892), who served as Great Britain’s Poet Laureate, and, next to Queen Victoria and Prime Minister William Gladstone, was one of the most famous people in England.  Torn between the seething industrial and mercantile world of his time, and his love for high ideals and beauty, he wrote powerfully and hauntingly of love, loss and courage.  Almost single-handedly he brought the story of King Arthur and the tragedy of his Camelot back to public consciousness and popularity with his series of poems called “Idylls of the King.”

“The fact that Alfred Lord Tennyson is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations tells a lot about the greatness of this ingeniously prolific British poet. Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign, he was by far one of the most renowned poets of the Victorian era.”  A couple of examples:

Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.
‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

As recently as 2012, the character “M” played by Judi Dench famously quoted Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses” in the James Bond film, Skyfall:

We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Books now on display in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk area will provide more reading about Tennyson, his work and his times, and are available for you to check out.

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.