Library History

The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library, with its beautiful structure and atmosphere conducive for study and learning, is proud to serve all its constituencies: students, faculty, staff and community members.

In accordance with the mission and goals of the College, the primary responsibility of the Library is to acquire, organize, distribute and disseminate recorded knowledge in support of the college curriculum and programs. The Library stores universal knowledge resources in various formats: monographs, periodicals, audiovisual items, archival/special collection materials and electronic data, including reference sources, online databases, the Internet (the World Wide Web) and CD-ROM.

The development of the Library’s collection and its resources must meet the educational and research needs of the students, faculty and administration. Every effort is made to adjust to these needs as they change. The library collection includes over 110,000 volumes of monographs, more than 25,000 audiovisual items and approximately 350 subscriptions to journals, magazines and newspapers. The Library also houses the college archives and special collections. Attention has been given to increasing the Library’s collection in the areas that characterize the life and legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers, such as African American history and culture, Caribbean studies, Ethnic studies and Women’s studies.

The Library faculty and staff assist all library patrons in searching, locating and accessing the wealth of information available. Furthermore, they teach students how to use these resources to meet classroom assignments and to conduct higher levels of research activities. They work closely with teaching faculty to enhance the curriculum. In addition, the Library’s community outreach programs work closely with constituents, both external and internal, to offer ambitious educational programs. These programs include Black History Month activities, Women’s History Month activities, Black Writers Conferences, art exhibits and film shows—to name a few. Faculty and librarians maintain close communications through liaison activities, library resource committee meetings, material selection, weeding library collection, etc. We value our roles in college teaching, research and community service and we hope all library users will benefit from our services and be successful in their studies and research.

The Library is open to all students, faculty and staff of The City University of New York (CUNY) and to members of the community. All library users are required to have a valid CUNY ID card to borrow books or use the Reserve Collection or Media materials. Library faculty and staff are always willing to serve you and we welcome your contributions and suggestions as we strive toward excellence.