the time of the dedication of the Thomas Byrne Memorial Library
on June 1, 1930, during Spring Hill's Centennial celebration,
a Mobile Press Register editorial said:
Byrne, who had an intimate understanding of what the
College is doing today and of its constantly broadening
usefulness as a great educational center, could not have
left a more substantial or enduring memorial.... This great
modern scientific Library is not only a beautiful monument
to a thoughtful citizen and a useful factor in the life of a great
institution, but is destined to become a permanent center of
culture in this community, enlightening and brightening the lives
of many generations to come.
library has indeed been an enduring place these seventy plus years and has enlightened the
lives of several generations of students and members of the community.
Friends of the Spring Hill College Library is an organization formed
to help perpetuate that tradition. Several founding members of the
Friends, Charlotte and Sam Eichold, Charmane and Lloyd May and members
of the Huisking family through their foundation, have made it possible
to preserve the College's rare books and manuscripts by funding the
creation of a Rare Book Room. However, with rapid changes taking place
in the technology of communication, cataloging, publishing, and every
area of library management, much remains to be done to bring the
Library into the 21st century.
are invited to become a member, to share your ideas and to become part
of the Library's progress and improvement.
sustain, strengthen and further develop library facilities,
collections, and services.
provide an opportunity for interested individuals to come together
out of common interest in Spring Hill College and its library.
enhance involvement in and enthusiasm for the literary world.
encourage bequests and gifts of books, manuscripts and financial
support for materials and projects that exceed the resources of the
assist in special library projects.
promote library/community ties that enlarge the service capacity of
the library and promote effective use of libraries.
Book Nook is the Friends' own used book store. Located behind Murray Hall
(near WHIL) the Book Nook has many fine hardbound and paperback books
available for a low price. The Book Nook is staffed by volunteers.
proceeds go to the Friends.
Thursdays Noon - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.