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About the Library

The Henry Whittemore Library

The Henry Whittemore Library is a vital, vibrant part of the Framingham State University community. Through dedicated customer service, the Library supports and advances the academic and cultural missions of the university by providing current, relevant resources and technologies to our students, faculty and administrators which address the needs of a diverse, evolving learning community. By collaborating with faculty and continually adopting new instructional techniques, the library staff strives to develop students’ information literacy and critical thinking skills while encouraging individual interests and self discovery so students can prepare themselves for a successful life beyond our campus. 

Dean of the Library Millie Gonzalez

Library Dean Millie Gonzalez


Office Phone:508-626-4652

Library Mission Statement

Every day we strive to enhance your personal and intellectual journey.

  • Engage and connect with our campus community
  • Embrace everyone’s truth
  • Advance the creation, discovery, and learning of knowledge
  • Acquire, curate, and provide access to the university’s collections and cultural heritage
  • Prioritize professionalism, responsiveness, and customer service.

Purpose of the Library Website

The purpose of the Henry Whittemore Library Web Site is to support the mission of the library and meet the information needs of the Framingham State University community. 

This web site has the following goals:

  • To provide an electronic gateway to library information and research sources;
  • To increase the accessibility of the library resources in a user friendly manner; and
  • To provide services for off-site users.     

The Library Building and Its Collections

Henry Whittemore Library is a seven-level (several of which are mezzanines) structure completed in 1969.  The building contains the University library as well as classrooms and other facilities, including the FSU Print Shop, the FSU Center for Digital Humanities, and the Communication, Arts, and Music Departments.

Other features of the building include spacious reading and lounge areas, study and collaboration spaces, and reservable study rooms.  Although there is wireless access throughout the building, public computers are available for those without laptops. Artworks on loan from FSU's Danforth Museum are on display.

The Library has a main collection of over 200,000 volumes and over 60,000 resources on education in the Curriculum Library. The Library provides access to a variety of online databases, electronic journals, and academic e-books for on and off-campus users, while the FSU Digital Repository highlights FSU scholarship.

The Special Collections include rare books on the history of education, contemporary American poetry and travel, cookbooks, and children's literature.  The Christa McAuliffe collection contains letters, documents, and other memorabilia related to the Teacher in Space program and the life of Christa McAuliffe.

The College Archives include photographs, videotapes, journals, documents, Massachusetts and education history, and publications pertaining to the history of the University.

Library Statistics

Library Collections - Print

Library Collections – Digital/Electronic

Books: 119, 579

Ebooks: 491,155

Databases: 156

Media: 1,441

Media: 92,087

Serials: 783

Serials: 246,278

Library Circulation: 9,138

Library Circulation: 47,517

Interlibrary Loans to other libraries: 12,877

Interlibrary Loans received: 3,031

Library Innovation Campaign

Looking for a unique way to leave your legacy to FSU? Support the future growth and innovation of the Library! Customize a brick - 3 lines of text, 18 characters per line - that will be placed near the Library entrance. Click here to learn more and to get started.