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A.C. Lewis Library

A.C. Lewis Library

About A.C. Lewis Memorial Library

The A. C. Lewis Memorial Library serves as the knowledge center and information repository hub for the students and faculty of Grambling State University.

The Library is an air-conditioned, two-story, 86,720 square-foot, open-stack, modular brick facility that is central to the Grambling State University Campus.  Library seating is available for over 700 patrons with a large and expansive basement.  Each floor offers varied study areas that include individual carrels, small tables, conference rooms, and study lounge chairs located adjacent to books, periodicals, and other resources. The library’s physical space encourages intellectual exploration, academic and technology support.  As the intellectual crossroads of the university, the library fosters the growth of knowledge.

Mission Statement

The library’s mission is to lead the collaborative development of an academic information infrastructure that meets the changing needs of information creation, preservation, dissemination, and the application of knowledge to help support the research needs of the greater Grambling community.

The library fosters information empowerment for the success of students, faculty, and staff by providing access to collections, ranging from the traditional print to electronic state-of-the-art resources, with technically advanced database systems to help provide a platform for scholarship endeavors that inspire faculty of reasoning, intellectual curiosity, and promote critical thinking.

Vision Statement

The A.C. Lewis Memorial Library is a leader in comprehending the needs of the 21st century academic research library and meets the needs of the Grambling State University community at the point and place of requirement.  Through partnership with Grambling Information Technology Center and through consortia partnership with LOUIS, the library provides the latest equipment and technology to facilitate access to World-Class Resources within and beyond the physical/print collection. Similarly, through its information literacy program, the library prepares students to become critical thinkers and successful global citizens.

The resources are comprised of faculty- recommended acquisitions that support the educational, research, and public service programs offered by the University.


The main goal of the library is to provide quality services and equitable access to resources in all formats to support the undergraduate, graduate, professional, and the continuing education programs, which effectively supports and enrich the university's mission and goals. 

  1. Strengthen the library's program and enhance access to library materials.
  2. Bring the library in closer compliance to the American Library Association (ALA)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) standards.
  3. Provide an atmosphere that is comfortable, conducive to learning and research.
  4. Encourage collaboration with various constituencies on campus and externally:  Enhance research collaborations with faculty and other researchers and by supporting the intellectual development of the students in providing opportunities for utilizing information technologies in preparation for participation in the global society.


The primary purpose of the library is to promote and support the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, and the continuing education, distance and international education programs of Grambling State University.

Resources and services: The University Library holdings reflect a large and diverse collection which comprised of faculty- recommended acquisitions.  The library houses a diverse and substantial research resources of over 1,613,929 items including books, periodicals, research journals, films, filmstrips, microform resources, electronic resources, and media materials and equipment. It provides equitable and ample bibliographic access to resources in all formats and extends access to library resources and services beyond the physical library building through the library’s digital/online collection system and access to all academic library resources statewide through membership with LOUIS.

Operation: The Library operations are automated on the SirsiDynix Symphony System and provides a broad array of services which include interlibrary loan, document delivery, in person reserves, and remote access to resources.
The library has approximately 150 public computers connected to various electronic databases and related online research resources. Library electronic resources are accessible to patrons from Internet-Enabled and connected devices on or off campus. Wireless technology allows students to use laptops anywhere in the Library. Electronic resources include full-text journals, electronic books (e-books), and newspapers as well as bibliographic citations, indexes and abstracts. 


A.C. Lewis Memorial Library

Library Resources

More than 120 PCs are connected to the library's Local Area Network (LAN), which provides access to all library electronic resources. In addition to these PCs, a Student Technology Lab -- composed of approximately 25 PCs located in Room 141 -- allows GSU students open access to the Internet and the ability to establish accounts for sending and receiving e-mail, typing and printing at no cost, and accessing the library's electronic resources.

The Grambling Online Public Access Catalog (GOPAC), also referred to as iLINK, can be accessed on LAN PCs throughout the library. GOPAC/iLINK and most electronic resources can be accessed both on- and off-campus from any Internet PC. Internet and e-mail services are available to students, faculty, and staff in the library.


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P.O. Box 4256, 403 Main Street, Grambling, LA 71245-2761, Phone: 318-274-3354, Fax: 318-274-3268