Library Information


  • Dr. Charles H. Wesley, the first president of Central State University, chose to name the library in honor of Miss Hallie Quinn Brown, a gifted elocutionist and author. Brown received national and international acclaim not only for her recitals and written works, but also for her passionate belief in civil rights and African American culture. A founder of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), she served as president from 1920 to 1924. In a well-publicized address in May of 1925 before the International Council of Women in Washington, D.C., Brown delivered a powerful, scathing speech against discrimination. She is the author of several books, including Bits and Odds: A Choice Selection of Recitations.

    The present 3-story, handicapped-accessible library was erected in 1980. In 2016, the library underwent structural repairs and interior modernization to create a more flexible space where students can gather, exchange ideas, and collaborate.

  • The mission of the Central State University H. Q. Brown Memorial library is to meet the needs of the student and faculty within the university environment. Inherent in this mission is the need to undergird all the academic course offerings at the university. The nature of the environment, the specific needs of the faculty and students, and the kinds of staff and services required to meet those needs effectively will remain vital concerns of the library staff.


    Summer Library Hours
    Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
    Closed Weekends


    Semester Hours
    Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Friday 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday Closed
    Closed Holidays


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