The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library was constructed in 1982 and named in honor of the late Robert Winship Woodruff, philanthropist and former CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. It is a shared resource supporting a consortium of four independent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. Each of these prestigious schools comprises the AUC and has a unique academic culture steeped in history, tradition and excellence. As the “center of the Center,” the AUC Woodruff Library is the intellectual and information hub of the Atlanta University Center.
The AUC Woodruff Library is a nationally recognized and award winning institution serving over 1,000 AUC students daily. Located in the center of the AUC, the Library prides itself on offering a plethora of services and resources to advance its vision of being the first and best choice for its users. Resources like the Archives Research Center (which holds the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection), the Technology & Design studio, and their digital collections of scholarly works define the Library as a cutting-edge institution for research and scholarship. Under the leadership of CEO & Library Director, Loretta Parham, the Library was named the winner of the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The Library is the only HBCU library to receive this award which is one of the highest honors an academic library can receive.
We serve as the center of the academic village for Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College, providing the highest level of information resources and services in support of teaching and learning, scholarship and cultural preservation of the Atlanta University Center.