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    • About 450,000 books
    • Over 87,000 E-books
    • 125,000 square feet
    • 10 librarians
    • 20 paraprofessional staff
    • 2 John Biggers murals
     

    Hampton Institute's Libraries 1868-1980's

    • General Samuel Chapman Armstrong established first Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute library collection in the Mansion House
    • Library collection filled the reading rooms of Virginia Hall by the end of the 19th century
    • In 1903, Collis P. Huntington Library constructed to hold expanding library collection
      Collis P. Huntington Library Building
    • Designed by W.F. Brooks, Huntington Library featured craftsmanship of Hampton Institute Trade School students
    • Renovations and additions in 1920 and 1968 supported transition from vocational school to liberal arts college curriculum
    • Hampton Institute became Hampton University in 1984
    • By the 1980’s, Huntington building proved inadequate to meet the needs of a modern university
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      Huntington Library Staff in the rotunda circa 1980's
     

    Hampton University's Libraries 1992-present

    • New, state-of-the-art building, constructed to support comprehensive university collection
    • Named for Hampton University’s twelfth president, William R. Harvey, and his wife, Norma B. Harvey
    • Designed by architects Hubert Taylor and William Mulligan of Livas Associates, Hampton alumni
      Presentation drawing of William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library
    • Dedicated on January 26, 1992, the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library became the main academic library for Hampton University
    • Departmental libraries in Architecture and Music provide additional information resources on the main campus
    • Huntington building renovated for University Museum and Archives in 1996
    • Information resource center established to serve Hampton University College of Virginia Beach in 2003

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    Valinda Carroll
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    William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library
    757.727.5553 (office)
    757.727.5876 (conservation lab)
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