1889 D. H. Hill, Jr., First Librarian

Daniel Harvey Hill, Jr., the library namesake, began his career at North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College (now NCSU) upon its opening in 1889. He engaged in the common nineteenth-century practice of serving as both a professor (of English) and the college librarian, the institution’s first. This responsibility was not a major burden, as the early library occupied only a reading room in the Main Building (later Holladay Hall). For the first ten years of ... More

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12/1889 Library funding

The Board of Trustees appropriates $500 for "library purposes" and $150 for subscriptions for magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals.


1899 Edwin Bentley Owen, 2nd Librarian

E. B. Owen (Class of 1898), was hired in 1899, along with University of Texas librarian Benjamin Wyche, to implement the Dewey system of book classification, construct a card catalog, and institute a card loan system. He served in this capacity until 1902. He held a variety of other positions at the college, including teacher of college preparatory classes (1898-1901), English professor (1904-1907), proctor, registrar (1907-1928), and the first alumni secretary / ... More

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1902 Marshall DeLancey Haywood, First Fulltime Librarian

Haywood served in 1902-1903, during which time he worked on his book, "William Tryon and his Administration in the Province of North Carolina, 1765-1771" (1903). Haywood resigned when college president G. T. Winston cut his already low salary. He later became a noted author of North Carolina history and librarian of the North Carolina Supreme Court (1918-1933).

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1903 Library in Pullen Hall

The library holdings move from Holladay Hall to the first floor of the old Pullen Hall.

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1903 Caroline Sherman, First Female Librarian

During Sherman’s tenure as librarian (1903-1906), library holdings moved from the third floor of Main Building (later Holladay Hall) to the first floor of old Pullen Hall. With input from D. H. Hill, she tried to make the library comfortable for extra-curricular reading and subscribed to popular periodicals and newspapers from all North Carolina counties in order to encourage greater library patronage.

1906 Elise Stockard, Librarian (1906-1910)
1908 Library Committee

President D. H. Hill appointed English professors Thomas P. Harrison and George Summey as co-chairs of the Library Committee. Harrison and Summey departed from Hill’s solitary approach to book selection, instead asking faculty to recommend titles for the collection.


1910 Charlotte M. Williamson, Librarian (1910-1923)

Before becoming State College's librarian, Williamson had served as a Raleigh high school teacher and principal of Murphey School. During her time as librarian, the collection continued to grow slowly. Although James R. Gulledge was named head librarian in 1923, Williamson remained on staff until 1937.

1911 Library holdings

Library holdings include 7,500 print volumes and 150 magazine and journal subscriptions.


May 1923 Zook Report

In 1923, NC State hired George Zook of the United States Bureau of Education to survey the college and make recommendations on how it could best be restructured. Zook recommended creation of schools focusing on the following broad disciplines: engineering, agriculture, general science, and social science and business administration. He also reported that the library was inadequate for the needs of the growing institution and suggested that library services be centralized.

Fall 1923 James R. Gulledge, Head Librarian (1923-1926)

Among lasting changes made during Gulledge’s tenure were the library’s designation as a depository for U.S. government publications and presentation of the first formal library instruction for classes and individual students.

Fall1923 Central library system

Books in departmental libraries begin to be cataloged as part of a central library system.

12/28/1923 New library construction

Contract for construction of a new library building (now Brooks Hall) is awarded to Joe W. Stout & Company, at a cost of $227,500.

1924 Library of Congress classification implemented

After a fire destroyed the library's card catalog, librarian James Gulledge changes the book classification system from Dewey Decimal to the Library of Congress System (still in use).

1925 Interlibrary lending

Procedures for interlibrary lending are first instituted.

10/15/1925 D. H. Hill Jr. Library in Brooks Hall

The original D.H. Hill Jr. Library (in what later became Brooks Hall) was designed by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for Daniel Harvey Hill, Jr., the first faculty member to oversee the library.

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1926 Committee runs library

When the head librarian position became vacant, NC State decided to save money by placing the library under the supervision of the Library Committee, instead of hiring a replacement. Frank Capps, director of college extension and instructor of business law, took on the position of executive secretary of the Library Committee (1926-1933). Although he moved his office to the library, he did not have the professional training or the time to provide much oversight. A ... More

6/7/1926 D.H. Hill Jr. Library dedication

The original D.H. Hill Jr. Library is dedicated (this building later became Brooks Hall). The contents of the library had been moved into the building the previous autumn, marking the first time there was an entire building designated as the library.

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1933 New Library Leadership

Hugh T. Lefler, head of the History Department and chair of the Library Committee, became acting director of the library until the following year.

1933 Library collaboration

State College joins UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University in contributing catalog cards to the North Carolina Union Catalog, the first collaborative effort between the three libraries.

2/17/1933 Engineering book donation

D. H. Hill Jr. Library is given a private engineering library of more than 1,000 books by the widow of Colonel J.L. Ludlow of Winston-Salem.

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1934 William Porter Kellam, Head Librarian (1934-1939)

During his administration, Kellam brought a sense of professionalism and organization to the library: the number of formally trained librarians grew from one to seven; the number of books increased from 33,500 to 56,500; circulation climbed from 60,400 to 97,900 volumes; and expenditures rose from $6,900 to $10,000. Kellam arranged the library into departments by function: circulation, reference, ordering, cataloging, and periodicals. Further increasing ... More

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1936 Browsing room opens in the library
1937 Periodicals and Binding Librarian

Clyde Hull Cantrell became the first periodicals and binding librarian.

1939 Harlan Brown, Director of the Library

Harlan Brown joined the library in 1936 as the circulation librarian, After becoming director in 1939, he presided over many significant changes for the library, including its 1954 relocation from Brooks Hall to the facility where it remains today. The larger space provided Brown with the room to expand the collection from 50,000 to 500,000 volumes, construct a comprehensive scientific periodical collection, and acquire the renowned Tippman Collection of ... More

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1939 Establishment of University Archives

As State College celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, materials on the institution's history begin to be collected in the library. This forms the basis of what would later become the University Archives.


1941 First branch library

The Architecture Library opened as the first branch library, with Grace Sims Dalton as the first librarian. This was part of Library Director Harlan Brown’s goal to eliminate autonomous departmental libraries in favor of centrally controlled branch libraries (The Architecture Library was renamed the Harrye B. Lyons Design Library in 1968).

1942 Reba Clevenger and World War II

Reference Librarian Reba Clevenger became the acting college librarian during World War II, when all male library staff members left for military service. Library Director Harlan Brown took a leave of absence until 1946.

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1944 Textile Library

The Textiles Library is established, with Rachel Penn Lane as the first librarian. The Textiles Library was originally located in the main library, but relocated to Nelson Hall the following year (1945). The library was renamed the Burlington Textiles Library in 1954, when Burlington Industries funded its expansion.

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1946 Friends of the Library

L. C. and M. M. Glenn donate $6,000 to State College for the library's purchase of geological publications, many rare and unique. In acquiring the L. C. Glenn Geological Collection, the Friends of the Library organization is formed.

1949 Library holdings reach 100,000 volumes


10/1/1953 John Harrelson, Head of University Archives

Former Chancellor John Harrelson begins an appointment as the head of the University Archives collection at the D.H. Hill Jr. Library.

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3/12/1955 New D.H. Hill Jr. Library building dedication

The new D. H. Hill Jr. Library (the east wing of the current building) was formally dedicated.

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1960 Library newsletter

The library publishes its first newsletter, The Bookmark.

1962 First Full-time African American Library Staff Member

Edward Walker is hired as a mail clerk, becoming the first full-time African American staff member of the library.

1963 Reorganized Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library program is reestablished after being largely inactive since the late 1940s.

1963 Faculty status for Librarians

The college made librarians the same status as faculty.

1964 Eugene Clyde Brooks collection

The library received the Eugene Clyde Brooks collection of approximately 1,000 books and journals on the history of education and North Carolina.

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1964 I. T. Littleton, Library Director

I. T. Littleton had joined the library in 1959 as assistant director. He became director in 1964, at first in an acting role (Harlan Brown remained, serving as associate director until his retirement in 1971). During Littlton's long tenure as director (1964-1987), he built the D. H. Hill Jr. Library and its branches into a major university research library system: the book, periodicals, and binding budget rose from $114,000 in 1958 to $3.1 million; and the ... More

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1964 Curriculum Materials Center

Inez Ray began the Curriculum Materials Center, later renamed the Learning Resources Library and then the College of Education Media Center.

1965 Library air conditioning

Air conditioning was first installed in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library.

1965 First full-time University Archivist

Maurice Toler becomes the first professionally trained, full-time University Archivist. While the university archives were housed in the library, the division initially reported directly to the Dean of Faculty (later titled Provost).

1966 Technical Information Center

The Technical Information Center opens in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, as a joint project between the library and the Industrial Extension Service.

1967 Cooperating Raleigh Colleges

The Cooperating Raleigh Colleges program is established by the libraries of NC State, Meredith College, Shaw University, Peace College, St. Mary's College, and St. Augustine College. The program allows direct borrowing of library resources among the six campuses.

12/8/1967 Longer library hours

D.H. Hill Jr. Library extends the closing hour from 11PM to 1AM.

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1968 Changes in library operations

After thefts of valuable volumes, a security system is installed in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, and all doors are locked after service hours.

1969 Winston Music Collection

The library received the Sanford Richard Winston Music Collection, consisting of classical music scores, opera librettos, guides, biographies of composers, books on music criticism and history, and musical recordings.


1970 First Systems Librarian

William C. Horner becomes the first systems librarian.

1970 First African American Librarian

William V. Frazier is hired as the first African American in a professional librarian position.

1970 School of Forest Resources Library

The School of Forest Resources Library opened in Biltmore Hall. It later became the Natural Resources Library.

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1970 Library funding

The North Carolina General Assembly maked an appropriation for funding of libraries at the sixteen senior public institutions of higher education in the state. NC State received an increase of $723,915, resulting in a budget of $1,313,833 for fiscal year 1970-1971. The budget for books, periodicals, and binding increased to $624,123.

1971 Library entrance

A single entrance to the library (from the Brickyard) is established for the first time.

Class meeting outside main entrance to D. H. Hill Jr. Library.Class meeting outside main entrance to D. H. Hill Jr. Library.
1971 Libraries reorganization

A reorganization of departments in the Libraries results in three major divisions headed by assistant directors. The divisions were General Services (including circulation), Reference Services, and Collection Development and Organization (including technical services). The school libraries - Design, Textiles, and Forest Resources - were now classified as branch libraries.

2/2/1971 Library addition passed inspection

Construction ended on the new 11-story tower addition (North Tower) to the D.H. Hill Jr. Library.

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3/5/1971 Library tower addition opened

The new 11-story addition (North Tower) to the D.H. Hill Jr. Library opened

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1/17/1972 Color Wall

The light mural (later known as the Color Wall) in D. H. Hill Jr. Library was displayed by this date, but not yet fully completed. The mural was created by Joe Cox, a faculty member in the School of Design.

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7/1972-7/1972 Card catalog

Interior of D. H. Hill Jr. Library, showing the documents card catalog. A few years after this photo was taken, in 1975, the NC State University Libraries commenced “computerized” cataloging of the book collection, which led to the development of the online catalog.

D. H. Hill Jr. Library interior, documents catalog, North Carolina State University, July 1972.D. H. Hill Jr. Library interior, documents catalog, North Carolina State University, July 1972.
10/3/1972 North Tower Dedication

The original 11-story bookstack tower (now the North Tower) of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library is dedicated. With the addition, the bookstacks are opened to all users (previously, the library had had closed bookstacks).

View looking northeast across University Plaza (the Brickyard) at D. H. Hill Jr. Library's bookstack tower, North Carolina State UniversityView looking northeast across University Plaza (the Brickyard) at D. H. Hill Jr. Library's bookstack tower, North Carolina State University

NC State became a charter member of the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET). Library Director I.T. Littleton served on SOLINET's initial board of directors and chaired its first bylaws committee.

1974 D.H. Hill Librarians group

The D.H. Hill Librarians group met for the first time. In 1984, the group was renamed the NCSU Librarians' Association.

1975 Computerized cataloging

The library began computerized cataloging of materials. Retrospective conversion of the card catalog was started the following year.

7/1/1975-6/30/1976 Library expenditures

Book, periodical, and binding expenditures exceed $1,000,000 in a fiscal year for the first time.

1976 Special Collections established

A Rare Book and Special Collections Room, administered by the Reference Department, was established adjacent to the University Archives.

1977 Triangle university libraries collaboration

The library directors at NCSU, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke University appointed a Triangle Universities Library Cooperation Committee (TULCC) to plan a cooperative program for the three universities. Ultimately the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) grew out of this effort.


1981 One million volumes

D.H. Hill Jr. Library holdings reached 1,000,000 volumes.

5/4/1983 Association of Research Libraries

The NCSU Libraries became a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

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1986 Online catalog

The online catalog became operational in 1986. It was originally called the Bibliographic Information System (BIS). In 1987, library staff stopped filing cards into the card catalog. In addition to providing information on NCSU holdings, BIS also gave users access to information on holdings at the other TRLN libraries.

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1987 The NCSU Libraries

"The NCSU Libraries" became the official name of the library system, encompassing the D. H. Hill Jr. Library and four branch libraries (Design, Natural Resources, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine). Decades later the system was renamed the North Carolina State University Libraries.

1987 I. T. Littleton Seminar

The first annual I. T. Littleton Seminar in emerging library issues was held by the Libraries. The seminar was established to honor Libraries Director I. T. Littleton, who retired in this year.

8/1987 Susan K. Nutter, first female Director of Libraries

During Nutter’s tenure, the Libraries grew from less than 2,000,000 volumes to more than 5,000,000, plus 90,000 print and electronic serial subscriptions, more than 500 bibliographic databases, and numerous electronic full-text and image collections. The Libraries advanced significantly in important library rankings, and innovative new facilities opened on campus. Susan Nutter retired on 9/30/2017.

Provost Nash Winstead and Director of Libraries Susan Nutter at dedication of Yoshino cherry trees, December 1989Provost Nash Winstead and Director of Libraries Susan Nutter at dedication of Yoshino cherry trees, December 1989
1988 Kaye Gibbons becomes the first author-in-residence

Kaye Gibbons, former NC State student, becomes the NCSU Libraries' first author-in-residence.

1988 The Friends of the Library booksale

The first FOL booksale was held in 1988.

1989 NCSU Libraries logo

NCSU Libraries began using the current logo.

1989 Control of University Archives

The NCSU Libraries took over administration of the University Archives.

From left, Murray Downs, Burton Beers, Jim Rasor, and Jimmy Williams review photographs in the NCSU University ArchivesFrom left, Murray Downs, Burton Beers, Jim Rasor, and Jimmy Williams review photographs in the NCSU University Archives
12/5/1989 NCSU Libraries' 100th anniversary

The NCSU Libraries celebrates its 100th anniversary in a ceremony that includes planting three Yoshino cherry trees in front of the east wing of the building.

Cake cutting at the birthday celebration of the centennial of the NCSU Libraries, January 3, 1989Cake cutting at the birthday celebration of the centennial of the NCSU Libraries, January 3, 1989


1990 South Tower

A new addition to the D. H. Hill Jr. Library (South Tower) opened. Besides bookstack space, this addition featured a special facilities room and the Class of 1989 Reading Room.

D. H. Hill Jr. Library's new bookstack, North Carolina State University.D. H. Hill Jr. Library's new bookstack, North Carolina State University.
1990 Collection Management Department

The Collection Management Department is established, with Margaret Hunt as its first head. Hunt had been one of the first African American librarians hired during the 1970s.

1990 Information Technologies Teaching Center (ITTC)

The Information Technologies Teaching Center (ITTC) is established in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, initially funded through a gift from the Class of 1990.

1991 Burlington Textile Library on Centennial Campus

In conjunction with the move of the College of Textiles, the Burlington Textile Library moved to Centennial Campus, making it the first library unit on the new campus. It remained in the College of Textiles complex until December 2012, when the collections were moved into the Hunt Library.

Inside Textiles Library at Centennial CampusInside Textiles Library at Centennial Campus
12/1991 Electronic document delivery

The library began an electronic document delivery service for university researchers.

1993 History of D.H. Hill Jr. Library

The Friends of the Library published I. T. Littleton's The D.H. Hill Library: An Informal History, 1887-1987.

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1993 Susan K. Nutter, President of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Nutter served one year as ARL president.

1993 Information accessibility improved

The NCSU Libraries initiates a new online information system, accessible to remote users through campus local area networks and the Internet. The system provided access to external databases and journal indexes, as well as the online catalog.

1994 Growth of Library holdings

During the 1993-1994 academic year, the holdings of the Libraries reach 2,000,000 volumes.

1994 Daily van delivery

The NCSU Libraries initiated daily van delivery of library resources between the D. H. Hill Jr. Library and the branch libraries.

1994 Research Libraries of the Future

The NCSU Libraries is selected by the Association of Research Libraries as one of six "Research Libraries of the Future."

1995 Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center was established, with David Jackson as the first department leader.

1995 Self-service circulation

Self-service circulation began in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library.

1996 Twenty-four hour library

The NCSU Libraries begins twenty-four hour service (Sunday through Thursday), funded by university tuition-increase revenue that faculty advocated be allocated to the Libraries.

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1996 Digital Library Initiatives

The Digital Library Initiatives department is formed.

1996 TRIPSaver Service

With funding from a tuition increase, the NCSU Libraries initiated the TRIPSaver service for NCSU users to expedite retrieval of items from other TRLN libraries.

1997 JSTOR Membership

The NCSU Libraries become a charter member of the JSTOR electronic archive of journal articles.

1998 Digital Library Federation Membership

The NCSU Libraries became a member of the Digital Library Federation.

1998 Scholarly Communication Center established

The Scholarly Communication Center is established, with Peggy E. Hoon as the first Scholarly Communications Librarian. NC State's library becomes the first in the nation to hire an intellectual property attorney to help both librarians and faculty interpret how copyright law protects or limits their access to information.

1999 NC LIVE established

NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries in Virtual Education) begins, with NC State serving as NC LIVE's primary server site.

1999 Donald E. Moreland Associate Director for Public Services position

The Donald E. Moreland Associate Director for Public Services, the first named position in the NCSU Libraries, was created from an endowment established by Professor Emeritus Donald E. Moreland and his wife Verdie S. Moreland. Carolyn D. Argentati became the first to hold the position.

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2000 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

The NCSU Libraries wins the first-ever "Excellence in Academic Libraries Award" in the university library category. This award is sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

2000-2001 Three million volumes

During the 2000-2001 academic year, the holdings of the NCSU Libraries reached 3,000,000 volumes.

2002 Advance in ARL ranking

The NCSU Libraries is ranked 32nd among 112 Association of Research Library (ARL) libraries, up from 101st in 1987 - an unprecedented accomplishment in ARL history.

2002 Gift to NCSU Libraries

The NCSU Libraries receives its largest gift, a $1,000,000 charitable remainder trust, from an anonymous donor.

2002 Hill of Beans coffee bar

The Hill of Beans coffee bar opened in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library.

2005 Librarian of the Year

Susan Nutter is named the Librarian of the Year by Library Journal.

2006 New online library catalog

The NCSU Libraries implements a revolutionary new online catalog, leveraging the advanced search and faceted navigation capabilities of the Endeca software platform. The new catalog provides the speed and flexibility of popular online search engines, while capitalizing on the rich content of existing catalog records.

2007 Funding for new Centennial Campus library

The North Carolina General Assembly appropriates funding for the planning of the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, to be built on Centennial Campus.

3/12/2007 East Wing renovation

A major renovation of the east wing of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library was completed, featuring the Learning Commons, the Conservatory, the Special Collections Reading Room, and the Exhibit Gallery. The opening of the newly refurbished space coincided with the fifty-second anniversary of the dedication of the original building in 1955.

10/23/2009 Hunt Library groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony initiated construction of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.


4/3/2013 James B. Hunt Jr. Library dedication

The library was named in honor of former four-term N.C. Governor and NC State alumnus James B. Hunt Jr. Also housed in the building is the Institute for Emerging Issues.

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2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

Immediately after dedication, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library won the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association Building Award. It later garnered many additional prestigious awards and was featured in Architecture magazine. Time magazine called it the "library of the future."

2014 Award Winning Hunt Library

The Hunt Library won the ALA Library Interior Design Award and the AIA Education Facility Design Award.

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6/2/2016 IMLS National Medal

Vice Provost & Director of Libraries Susan K. Nutter and Associate Professor of Film Studies Marsha Gordon accepted the National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a White House ceremony in Washington, DC. This award is the nation’s highest honor for extraordinary public service, recognizing institutions that are outstanding and innovative community anchors. In particular, the award lauded community engagement events such as film screenings, panel ... More

December 1, 2018 Greg Raschke Heads Libraries

Raschke became Vice Provost and Director of Libraries. He had been Interim Vice Provost and Director from 10/1/2017 to 11/30/2018.

2019 Name Changed to North Carolina State University Libraries

The name of the campus library system was changed from the NCSU Libraries to the North Carolina State University Libraries (also known as NC State University Libraries).