Our Vision

The mission of the Howard University Libraries is to support excellence in learning, scholarship, innovation, and service in a user-centered environment as we preserve the black experience.

Our Departments


202-806-7275| chackney@howard.edu 

The administrative department is responsible for the direction and management of the various departments within Howard University Libraries. The department and library are currently under the directive of Del Hornbuckle, Executive Director of Howard University Libraries

Access Services

202-806-7250 | accessdept@howard.edu 

The Access Services Department facilitates user access to physical and electronic resources through the circulation of materials, requests for material from other libraries through the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) and the Consortium Loan Service (CLS) and Interlibrary Loan (ILL), course reserves, group study rooms, and library-wide lost and found.


202-806-7502| alexander.wright@howard.edu 

The acquisitions department manages the acquisition of library materials and maintains the library databases and resource purchasing. 

Business Library/Patent Trademark Center

202-806-7443 | ab_coleman@howard.edu

Howard University is one of 81 Federal Patent and Trademark Resource Centers nationwide. We value our status as a PTRC because we are a rich, local resource for small businesses, research and development firms, our University laboratories, and independent inventors.

Digital Service Center

202-806-4324| digitalservices@howard.edu 

The digital service center is the repository for all digital collections within Howard University Libraries and Moorland Spingarn Research Center. 


202-806-7238 | ewatkis@howard.edu 

The Events/Facilities department is responsible for maintaining library buildings, and scheduling library events. 


202-806-7252 | refdept@howard.edu

The role of reference is to aid the researcher in locating resources, services or other data, whether it be in print or in electronic format in order to solve a problem or to satisfy an information need. Reference librarians are at the heart of research.

They are trained to locate material whether it be local, at the on-campus libraries, at research centers regionally, or, if need be, international. We meet users at their points of need by facilitating the process of identifying and retrieving information for their research benefit, for study, or personal use.

Technical Services

202-806-4301| alisha.strother@howard.edu 

The technical services department maintains the library catalog and the description of materials in the library providing access for users and staff.