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About the Library

The Davidson College Library offers an extensive range of resources and services to support teaching and learning. Its collections include over 600,000 print volumes and over 500,000 e-books and online resources. The main library, named after E.H. Little, houses the bulk of the print collection as well as the College Archives and Special Collections; it is also a selective government depository with over 200,000 federal government documents. The branch Music Library is located in the Sloan Music Center, and the Chemistry collection has recently been relocated to the E.H. Little Library.

Statement of Purpose

"The primary purpose of Davidson College is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service." In so asserting, the Statement of Purpose recognizes that these goals are complementary. The library contributes directly to their achievement:

  • Disciplined minds must be information-literate: able to find, reflect critically upon, and use information wisely for scholarly purposes. Davidson's information literacy program, led by the library and enacted primarily but not exclusively through the College's curriculum, participates in teaching students "to think clearly, to make relevant and valid judgments, to discriminate among values, and to communicate freely with others in the realm of ideas" (Statement of Purpose).
  • Creative minds need room and resources for experimentation, inspiration, and collaboration. The library provides and organizes information sources (purchased, licensed, borrowed, and locally developed), as well as tools, expertise, and space for students to become intentional, self-directed learners and faculty and staff to pursue their goals.
  • Leaders exemplify critical engagement with the world. The library helps the College community navigate the complex and rapidly developing information environment by adopting an experimental, future-oriented approach to new technology for the dissemination, interpretation, and preservation of information.

The library does not work alone in these endeavors but collaborates with faculty, the Center for Teaching and Learning, ITS, and other members of the college community in pursuit of its mission. Davidson College library staff model collaboration and professional development by engaging with the local academic community and the broader library profession, as leaders and as learners.

Strategic Plan

Please see our current Strategic Plan (PDF).

Library Newsletter

Each issue includes library news, recent gifts and donations, and more. Both the current and past issues of our newsletter are available online. Visit current and past newsletters.

Floor plans & Facilities

Floor plans and more information about the E.H. Little, and Music libraries. Visit floor plans & facilities

Federal Depository Collection

Visit Federal Depository Collection

Library Hours

The hours for the E.H. Little and Music Libraries. See library hours.


See Davidson College's Library policies.


Alphabetical list of library staff.

Staff by Department

List of library staff by department.