About the Library

“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”

 – Langston Hughes, Class of 1929 

Langston Hughes Memorial Library is named for one of Lincoln University’s most famous graduates, the celebrated poet Langston Hughes, who also bequeathed his personal library here upon his death in 1967. The library itself is an integral part of the Lincoln experience. The 1972 facility contains areas for microforms, periodicals, computer labs, reading lounges, individual and group study rooms, special collections and the University archives. Students are able to access the library for after hour study through a separate designated entrance. Phase I of a total library renovation was completed in 2008. Phase II of the renovation was completed in 2011.


Here you will find…

  • A collection of more than 185,000 volumes
  • Databases containing in excess of 30,000 journal titles
  • Extensive materials representing all aspects of the black experience, including African-American and African materials
  • Special events