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.”


The Erwin Library is open for its regular summer schedule; the librarians are here, the computers are here, and, yes, the books are all here waiting for you to visit.  For example, books currently on display in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk area provide historical accounts and background for the 805th anniversary of the day (June 15, 1215) England’s King John put his seal to the document known as the Magna Carta, or “great charter” in case Latin is not your mother tongue.

Simply put, “the Magna Carta stated that the king must follow the law. He could not simply rule as he wished. It was one of the first documents to state that citizens had such rights … The Magna Carta dealt mostly with the rights of barons and the Roman Catholic church. However, it also guaranteed the rights of women and children who inherited property. It stated that a person could not be punished for a crime unless they were lawfully convicted. Finally, the Magna Carta gave barons the right to declare war on the king if he did not follow the document.  The Magna Carta was a first step in the creation of England’s constitution. Many other countries later used the ideas of the Magna Carta in their constitutions, too.”

Essentially, however, the concept of who a citizen really is, or, a “free” person deserving of a fair trial, is what has been argued about most, and slowly developed over the centuries in many more countries, wars, charters, documents, disagreements and halting progress to which humanity is heir to.  Still, Magna Carta remains an impressive beginning, and was, perhaps, one of the best things one of the worst kings of England ever set his seal to (even if his other arm was being twisted by his generally equally greedy barons to do so!).

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.