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Walter P. Carter Community Library


The Walter P. Carter Library is a support system for academic programs and curriculum at Sojourner-Douglass College (SDC).

The Walter P. Carter Community Library is dedicated to the memory of the late civil rights activist Walter P. Carter. The library includes a collection of journals, pamphlets, books, articles, and clippings by and about the role of Black people in the development of American culture and the civil rights movement; including a compilation of Baltimore Afro American newspapers dating back to 1935.

This part of the collection was originally housed at the William L. Moore Foundation, and formed the initial core of the library. The Helms Collection (donated by the late Karl C. Helms) contains materials on African History, African American History, Anthropology, and culture. The Russell Collection (donated by the late Lester F. Russell) contains materials on African American History, Psychology, and Military History.

In addition, there are gifts from Howard University and Sinai Hospital, as well as several small collections which were donated to the College (the Sydnor, Bedell, Rashid collections, etc.). These gifts and other acquisitions have helped the Walter P. Carter Library develop one of the most outstanding and unique collections on African American culture and history in the State of Maryland. There are also reserve books for curriculum support, a periodicals section (including popular magazines as well as scholarly journals), and a modest reference collection.

The collection is for use by students, faculty, staff, and the community, on the College's premises, with lending privileges consistent with the number of copies held and the demand for a given resource item.


When it first opened in 1976, The Walter P. Carter Library was located in a 660 sq. ft. room on the third floor at 500 N. Caroline Street. This room was used as administrative space for several college staff and housed the bookstore. Seating capacity at two long tables was eight. On November 1, 1984, the Library was relocated to the first floor of the building, occupying two rooms with approximately twice as much space. More shelves were needed, along with a circulation counter, computers, and an administrative office. Seating capacity increased to 18. After almost 19 years at this location, the Library was moved, again in March 2003, to its present location at 200 N. Central Avenue.

Collection Profile

The Library collection now includes approximately 14,000 books and 2,000 reference books. The largest holdings are in history, social sciences, literature, philosophy/religion, and education. There are 70 Journals and 18 Magazines. A collection of older periodicals, some dating back to the 50ís, 60ís and earlier are also maintained. There are 12 file cabinet drawers of clippings and pamphlets. There is Internet access to the Maryland Digital Library and subscriptions to several databases.

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Business Source Premier
  • Eric
  • Ethnic New Watch
  • Psychology Articles
  • Health Source-Academic-Nursing Edition and Consumer edition
  • History Universe
  • Funk & Wagnall New World Encyclopedia
  • Green File
  • Library Information Sciences and Technology Abstracts
  • Mass Ultra-School Edition
  • Masterfile Premier
  • Medline
  • Military and Government Collection
  • Oxford AASC Home
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
  • Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
  • Primary Search
  • Proquest Biology Journals
  • ProQuest Computing
  • ProQuest Criminal Justice
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Thesis
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers Baltimore Sun
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Afro American
  • PsycArticles
  • Regional Business
  • Teacher Reference Center