University library celebrates 100,000th book, November 30, 1973
In 1973, the book collection of the William M. Randall Library of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) reached 100,000 volumes. To celebrate, the library acquired a first edition Huck Finn by Mark Twain (published in 1885) and held a special ceremony. This first edition is in Special Collections.
An announcement for the Nov. 30 ceremony was in the Seahawk student newspaper.
For comparison, according to 2012/2013 statistics, Randall Library has 481,134 books.
A couple notes from the library's history:
*Wilmington College Library moved from a few rooms in Alderman Hall to its own building during winter break of 1968. It opened in January of 1969 and the official dedication was March 30.
*Randall Libray began planning an expansion in 1985, which was completed in 1987.
This model of Randall Library, circa 1985, is in University Archives in Randall Library at UNCW.