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National Library Week: Langston Hughes Memorial Library

Vail Memorial Library


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“In 1867, the first catalogue of the Lincoln University library was prepared, a year after the new incorporation” (Bond, 1976, p. 409). Through continued gifts and donations, the collections grew and Vail Memorial Library, constructed 1898, served as the first physical library building. 


The Langston Hughes Memorial Library is named for one of Lincoln University’s most famous graduates, the celebrated poet Langston Hughes. 

Photograph by Edward Henry Weston, 1932

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This new shelving on the second floor houses books from Langston Hughes' personal library collection, which was donated to Lincoln University in 1967. 

Special Collections

The Langston Hughes Memorial Library houses materials relating to the Black Experience and to Lincoln University, as well as Rare Books and Gift Collections.

Collections Highlights

  • Africana (AFR) –  Books by or about Africans or relating to Africa.
  • Black Periodicals – Serial publications relating to Africa or the African Diaspora
  • Gift Collections – Books, manuscripts and artifacts donated to Lincoln University
  • Lincoln University Archives – Institutional records of Lincoln University
  • Lincolniana (LINC) – Books published by the institution, or by or about alumni or faculty
  • Lincoln University Masters Theses  –  by Lincoln University graduate students
  • Rare Books  –  Limited and supervised access
  • Special Negro Collection (SNC) – Books by or about the descendants of Africans living in the African Diaspora


The Black Panther Newspaper Publications-1974

Kwame Nkrumah Digital Information Site

The Lincoln Lions Magazine Archive

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Books by Lincoln Graduates