On behalf of the staff of Chesnutt Library, let me welcome you to Fayetteville State University. As an integral part of the university, Chesnutt Library's mission is to support your educational, research and cultural endeavors through careful selection, acquisition, organization, and interpretation of information resources. In addition, Chesnutt Library assumes its special role as a major cultural resource for the community and the region at large.
The Charles Waddell Chesnutt Library bears a name of renowned distinction. It was named after Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932), who was the first successful African-American novelist and who became the second principal of the Howard School, known today as Fayetteville State University. Chesnutt Library shows a history of sustained progress and development on all-important fronts: in the growth of collections for study and research, in the use of resources at the university and within the community, in the improvement of its physical facilities and its plans for the future.
A staff of qualified librarians, and support staff are available to assist library users. The building, completed in 1987, is a modern four leveled, contemporary structure, providing more than 70,000 square feet of space that is conducive for study and research. The library offers an array of traditional and innovative services in delivering the resources to you. Many of the resources are available 24 hours day from campus and off-campus sites.
Chesnutt Library has as two of its goals, the support of the instructional programs of the university, as well as providing a comfortable and attractive environment for users to avail themselves of nourishment for their intellectual and cultural growth. We encourage the development of good study habits, through the use of Chesnutt Library and its resources.
Bobby C. Wynn
Former Director of Library Services
Retired December 2017