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About the Library

Susie McClure Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Susie McClure Library is to promote literature and curate digital and print collections centered on Christian faith, culture, traditions of African American Congregations, African American Communities, and African American thought, along with life-long learning, moral inquiry, and a commitment to social justice, and Christ-centered service.


The library was built in 1953 and was originally named the Thomas Luther Holcomb Library in honor of  Dr. T.L. Holcomb, a leading Southern Baptist minister and corresponding secretary of the Baptist School Board from 1935 to 1953. The library was renamed to honor Susie McClure, who is known for her work in the Baptist Church throughout the country and is a member of Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. 


Where is the library located on campus?

The library is located to the east upon entering the parking lot. It is the building on campus nearest to the National Baptist Convention.

How do I access the Susie McClure Library?

Faculty and students must use their American Baptist CollegeIDs to enter the SMC Library. Visitors must report to Security Station (Parking) to obtain a visitor’s pass and entry to the library. 

Does the library ever participate in any reciprocal borrowing agreements?

Yes, we invite all libraries interested in reciprocal agreements, collaborations, or partnerships to email the Director of Library Services, Angel Pridgen, at

I am a Master of Library Science student and must complete practicum hours. Can I complete my hours here?

Absolutely! We welcome MLIS and MLS students, especially students in the following concentrations: Reference, Distance Education, Adult Programming, Special Collections, and Archival work. Please email the Director of Library Services, Angel Pridgen, at

I am a faculty member, staff member, or student who wants to use password-protected databases. How do I obtain the usernames and passwords? 

Each semester, passwords for protected databases are provided to faculty to distribute to their students and utilize. If you have yet to receive the usernames or passwords, please e-mail Ms. Angel Pridgen at to obtain them.

In Loving Memory:

Dr. Susie McClure, Devoted Friend of the Library