About the Library
Hege Library Mission Statement
Hege Library leads the Guilford College community in identifying, locating, evaluating and gaining access to the full range of information available. The library’s promotion of information literacy advances the college’s mission of developing critical thinkers and principled problem solvers.
The library acquires, organizes, maintains and preserves a quality collection of intellectual resources that enhances Guilford’s academic program in an environment conducive to the pursuit of an excellent liberal arts education grounded in Quaker values.
Hege Library’s core collections support academic excellence and engagement at Guilford College, ensuring access to the intellectual and cultural resources and records necessary for the enhancement of academic programs, and furthering information literacy and the informed use of teaching and learning technologies. The library is home to the Friends Historical Collection, one of the largest Quaker libraries and archival collections in the world. Distinguished by its comprehensiveness in preserving the spiritual, intellectual and cultural heritage of Quakerism in the southeastern United States, the collection represents the enduring value of Guilford’s stewardship of a vital historical perspective.
Also housed within the Library is the College’s Art Gallery, which supports the academic endeavors of Guilford College by enhancing critical thinking and visual acuity, promoting awareness of diverse cultures, fostering interdisciplinary studies, and cultivating social justice through rotating exhibitions, educational programming, and the stewardship of the College’s permanent collection of fine art. Spanning more than 4000 years and four continents, this distinctive collection includes more than 1500 original works of art by more than 600 artists.
Friends Historical Collection
The Friends Historical Collection, located in Hege Library, is a comprehensive research collection of materials pertaining to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) worldwide. The collection is open to Guilford students and faculty, Friends, visiting scholars, and genealogical researchers. At its core are more than 600 manuscript books of Carolina Quaker records dating from 1680. The collection also includes rare books and periodicals, manuscript collections of personal papers and correspondence, files, Quaker costumes and artifacts, student theses, the college archives, and genealogical resources. The Friends Center Office is adjacent to the collection.