Central State University's Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library

The Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library at Central State University offers extensive resources to its community. These resources allow for the library to be a space where students, faculty, researchers and community members often go to find just what they need.

OhioLINK recently spoke with H.Q. Brown Library Interim Director Carolin Sterling to learn more about the library and its commitment to excellence. 

What are your top three points of pride in your library?

  1. Along with our knowledgeable and helpful staff, we pride ourselves in providing resources and services to meet the needs of the students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
  1. The Black Collection

The Black Collection is an extensive resource of research materials pertaining to African American history, culture, social issues, and research materials pertaining to Africans in the Diaspora. The collection includes 13,000 items, some of which can be found only at the Central State University library.

  1. Library Exhibits/Displays

The Hallie Q. Brown Library displays exhibits that showcase its collection of materials as well as spotlight faculty research and artwork and the Wilberforce community.

Commons
The Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library at Central State University features a commons area that is a popular spot for library students and patrons. 

What’s the most popular spot in your library for students and patrons?

It’s difficult to designate one area as the most popular spot as there are various areas in the library that are heavily used. The information commons, however, is a popular and busy spot as it provides computers, comfortable seating and easy access to the reference librarians. The lower level is also frequented as it provides additional computers and access to print and current periodicals.  The third floor is often busy with students using the computer lab, the open study areas and the study rooms for group and individual study.

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

Central State University is a founding member of OhioLINK.