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Library History

The Charles C. Wise Library: A Retrospective (5,569KB PDF)

The 32 page book presents the fascinating story of the “tremendous setting for learning” and contains beautiful photographs documenting the library’s growth from 1931 to 2006. It is easy to click through in the Adobe acrobat reader.

Brief History of the WVU Libraries from 1931 (136KB PDF)

Please note: This history is accurate through June 1999. Many changes have taken place since then. For updated information, please visit the individual library pages available from the Libraries web pages.

WVU Libraries History in Photos

Description: Exhibit of historical photos of the Libraries on the Downtown campus. There are four sections: creating microfilm in the 1960's, under construction, inside the library, and outside the library.

Content: There are 61 black and white and color photographs and sketches in jpg format in this exhibit.