Warner Memorial Library is centrally located on campus as part of the Harold C. Howard Center. The building is wireless throughout and has three floors.
The Main Level encompasses the Information and Checkout/Reserves Desks, 12 computer workstations, ready reference books, print journals, and the beginning of the circulating collection.
The Upper Level houses the central part of our lending stacks, study rooms, the Media Room, the Archives, the Mazie Hall African American Heritage Room, Nonprofit Room, Edison Room, and the Special Collections Room.
The Lower Level contains the remaining lending book collection and theses and dissertations in compact shelving, a small study room and librarian instruction room. Individual quiet study desks are also available on this level.
Faculty Scholarship Room
Books written by Eastern University current and emeritus faculty as well as administrators are located in the Faculty Scholarship Room (Rm 323) on the Upper Level of the library. Books are circulating and may be checked out.
Mazie Hall African American Heritage Room
In 2006 Eastern University had the privilege of receiving approximately 550 print books from the private collection of Mazie Hall. Mazie B. Hall was an educator, mentor, civil rights activist, and community leader. She grew up in the Mt. Pleasant section of Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. A lifetime resident of Philadelphia’s Main Line, Miss Hall was significantly involved in the civic and community affairs of her community.
Her accomplishments include her crusade for fair housing practices in the area. Her efforts helped to influence the formation of the Pennsylvania Fair Housing Act. She was the founder of both the Mt. Pleasant Community Center and the Main Line Business and Professional Women’s Club.
As an educator, historian, and civic leader Miss Hall received many awards and certificates. Among them are service awards from the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., the Links, Inc., Kids’ First Now!, the Second Baptist Church, Wayne, PA., and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Other recognitions included the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the House of Representatives Citation, and an award from the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. On her 98th birthday, a park was dedicated in her name in Mt. Pleasant. Additionally, the West Chester University (her alma mater) maintains a scholarship fund in her honor.
Mazie Hall’s private book collection reflects African American history and culture. The collection includes biographies of famous black men and women in sports, politics and the military as well as music books related to black musicians and composers. As a poet herself, Mazie assembled wonderful collected poetry and literature works by black authors; the like of Langston Hughes. As an educator this was and is Mazie Hall’s legacy continuing through Eastern University. This room is open to the Eastern University community for study and meetings; the books in this collection may be checked out.
The Edison Room
The Thomas A. Edison Room is a study room used by the campus community. This room houses a wonderful collection of Edisonia artifacts and photographs.
The collection first arrived in 1971 and was loaned to Eastern University by the Edison Foundation, Lake Lenape, NJ. Charles Edison, former governor of New Jersey was instrumental in Eastern’s acquisition of this collection. Artifacts include photographs of Edison in his workshop, original hand written notes and drawings by Edison on the walls, the first 100 volt electric fan on display behind glass along with an Edison cylinder phonograph record with case, rock drillings with notes, a still photo from the first ever motion picture "The Great Train Robbery," and more.
The collection is the only one of its kind in the Delaware Valley.
George H. Rothacker Gallery
George Rothacker, a Villanova resident and well-known local artist, painted a series of 13 paintings titled “Seasons of Eastern” as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library, Warner Library in 2007. These paintings along with several others depicting the area of West Philadelphia are on display in Warner Library. The fundraiser was very successful raising over $40,000, in which half went to Friends of the Library for various projects for the benefit of library users and the campus community. The paintings are hanging in the Main Level of Warner Library.