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Harvey Library History

  • 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
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

William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library

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