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William Madison Randall Library


Historical Note

Wilmington College Library began in New Hanover High School. In 1948, the two-year college expanded to the Isaac Bear Building on 13th and Market Streets, using the former elementary school for administrative offices, classrooms, labs, and a library. In 1961, the college moved to its own campus on Highway 132, and the library went into the Administrative Building that later became Alderman Hall. In 1965, the North Carolina General Assembly approved funding for the school's first stand-alone library building. This construction was needed to meet the requirements for a four-year college. Named for the college's third president, William Madison Randall Library opened in 1969. In 1987, the library completed an addition toward the center of campus, more than doubling its original size of 70,000 square feet. With the expansion came an integrated library system, making the card catalog obsolete. Over 300,000 volumes were moved as part of this expansion. Randall Library and the university's Technology Assistance Center established the Learning Commons in 2008, offering an enlarged footprint of learning spaces, technologies, and tools designed to support student success.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington Library Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-RG-07
Scope and Contents The University of North Carolina Wilmington Library Records contain administrative records for the library beginning in 1947. At this time, Wilmington College was a two-year county-supported college located in New Hanover High School. Wilmington College Library records include annual reports, committee records, circulation statistical reports, gift records, newsletters, and self-study reports. Handwritten accession books are unique pieces in the Wilmington College series. The University of...
Dates: 1947-2023