Year Built: 1974
Library Size: 45,000 square feet
Library Staff: 7 Faculty Librarians, 1 Paraprofessional Staff, 10 Support Staff
Library Holdings: Over 282,000
Computer Resources: 17 Student Computers, 36 Instruction Lab Computers
E-books: Over 500,000
Databases: 150+
Journals: Access to over 230,000 titles


The John R. Dover Memorial Library was built and dedicated in 1974 to meet the demands of an expanding student body. It provides Gardner-Webb University students with the educational resources they need to succeed at the university and beyond. The Library provides access to over 115 online databases that include resources on a variety of subjects including: literature, religion, music, psychology, nursing and allied health. Librarians offer individual and group library instruction through a 3-tiered Information Literacy Program. They also provide face-to-face, phone, and live chat reference assistance to help students with their research needs.


In keeping with Gardner-Webb University’s commitment to provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate education within a Christian environment, it is the mission of John R. Dover Memorial Library to advance the intellectual pursuits of the Gardner-Webb community by meeting the informational needs of the academic curriculum, developing information literacy skills, and fostering the pursuit of lifelong learning.


For more information about the history of the library, university, and local community, visit the Gardner-Webb University Archives page.

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