Harold Howard Center

Building

Warner Memorial Library is centrally located on campus as part of the Harold C. Howard Center. The building is wireless throughout and has three floors.

  • The Main Level (200) contains the Reference and Circulation Desks, computer workstations, ready reference books and the beginning of the circulating collection (A-BL).
  • The Upper Level (300) contains the central part of our lending stacks (BM-N), computer workstations, student study rooms, the Media Room, the Archives, the Mazie Hall African American Heritage Room, Faculty Scholarship Room, Edison Room, and the Special Collections Room. 
  • The Lower Level (100) contains the remaining lending book collection in movable shelving (P-Z), theses and dissertations in movable shelving, library instruction room, one study room, and a mini computer lab. Individual quiet study spaces are also available on this level.

Faculty Scholarship Room

Books written by Eastern University current and emeritus faculty as well as administrators are located in the new Faculty Scholarship Room on the Upper Level of the library and may be checked out.

Mazie Hall African American Heritage Room

In 2006 Eastern University had the privilege of receiving approximately 550 print books from the private collection of Mazie Hall. Mazie B. Hall was an educator, mentor, civil rights activist, and community leader. She grew up in the Mt. Pleasant section of Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  A lifetime resident of Philadelphia’s Main Line, Miss Hall was significantly involved in the civic and community affairs of her community.

Her accomplishments include her crusade for fair housing practices in the area. Her efforts helped to influence the formation of the Pennsylvania Fair Housing Act. She was the founder of both the Mt. Pleasant Community Center and the Main Line Business and Professional Women’s Club.

As an educator, historian, and civic leader Miss Hall received many awards and certificates. Among them are service awards from the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.,  the Links, Inc., Kids’ First Now!,  the Second Baptist Church, Wayne, PA., and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.  Other recognitions included the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the House of Representatives Citation, and an award from the Pennsylvania Abolition Society.  On her 98th birthday, a park was dedicated in her name in Mt. Pleasant.  Additionally, the West Chester University (her alma mater) maintains a scholarship fund in her honor.

Mazie Hall’s private book collection reflects African American history and culture. The collection includes biographies of famous black men and women in sports, politics and the military as well as music books related to black musicians and composers. As a poet herself, Mazie assembled wonderful collected poetry and literature works by black authors; the like of Langston Hughes. As an educator this was and is Mazie Hall’s legacy continuing through Eastern University. This room is open to the Eastern University community for study and meetings; the books in this collection may be checked out.

The Edison Room

The Thomas A. Edison Room is a study room used by the campus community. This room houses a wonderful collection of Edisonia artifacts and photographs.

The collection first arrived in 1971 and was given to Eastern University by Charles Edison, former governor of New Jersey. Through lifetime gifts, Charles Edison established a memorial in Warner Library for his father, Thomas Alva Edison, one of America’s greatest inventors.

Artifacts include photographs of Edison in his workshop, original hand written notes and drawings by Edison on the walls, the first 100 volt electric fan on display behind glass along with an Edison cylinder phonograph record with case, rock drillings with notes, a still photo from the first ever motion picture "The Great Train Robbery," and more.

The collection is the only one of its kind in the Delaware Valley.

Eastern University Archives

The archives are located on the Upper Level of the library. This is a closed-stacks area. If you need assistance with archival research/information, please contact Dr. Fred Boehlke, the University Archivist, or Joy Dlugosz, Assistant Archivist.

George H. Rothacker Gallery

George Rothacker, a Villanova resident and well-known local artist, painted a series of 13 paintings titled “Seasons of Eastern” as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library, Warner Library in 2007. These paintings along with several others depicting the area of West Philadelphia are on display in Warner Library. The fundraiser was very successful raising over $40,000, in which 50% ($20,000) went to Friends of the Library for various projects for the benefit of library users and the campus community. The paintings are on the Main Level of Warner Library.