Tour Locations | Howard University

  • LOCATION 8 | Howard University

    Founders Library

    Cross the street at the crosswalk and turn right.

    You're now walking in front of Founders Library, the university's central library. Opened in 1939, it is named for the seventeen founders of the university.

    The library was designed by Albert Cassell who worked at the university and became a prominent African-American architect during his career. He also designed many other buildings on Howard's campus. With its Georgian style inspired architecture, Founders Library became a symbol of the university.

    Founders Library is home to the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, which is one of the largest collections documenting the history and culture of people from African descent.

    In 2016, Founders Library was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is also the only twenty four hour library in the District of Columbia.

    Keep walking.

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