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Booklover's Room, Woman's College Library, undated | by Duke University Archives
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Booklover's Room, Woman's College Library, undated

The first librarian of the Woman's College Library, Lillian Baker Griggs (1930-1949), believed that a college library should promote "the love of books and libraries in the heart of the average student to such an extent that a library will be necessary to a contented life." She began by making the library an inviting place citing a plan "to give the library certain distinctly feminine touches which have hitherto been lacking on campus." The Woman's College Library became known for its Booklover's Room with its browsable collection, and informal atmosphere which later led the way to hosting regular teas and evening talks by professors.

 

For more information on the Booklover's Room see Betty Irene Young's The Library of the Woman's College Duke University 1930-1972.

 

Repository: Duke University Archives. Durham, North Carolina, USA. library.duke.edu/uarchives

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Taken on February 28, 2006