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About Duckworth Library


Duckworth Library Gateway

The Duckworth Library homepage is designed as a single pathway to the library’s diverse electronic and traditional holdings. The library’s web presence continually evolves as helpful web resources are included, new electronic databases added and the catalog listing the holdings of the library is constantly updated.

Computer Services

The Duckworth Library strives to remain in the forefront of computing services on campus. Currently the main library has 28 PC workstations, with an additional nine wireless laptops for YHC community use. Students must use their YHC login and password at the library computers. This allows students to access class materials and the YHC server system to utilize shared space on the campus network.

Remote Access

All of the electronic resources available in the main library building are also available everywhere else on campus.  Residence halls and computer labs have identical access.  Many of the resources may also be accessed by students and faculty from off campus through YHC Connect.

Hours of Operation

Please check the library homepage for hours of operation and any changes that occur throughout the year. During the summer, the building is open while classes are in session only.

Traditional Collections

The Duckworth Library building contains approximately 50,000 books and bound periodicals, including both recreational and educational materials. The reference collection is downstairs, and the circulating collection (Stacks and Oversize) is upstairs. The library subscribes to more than 160 journals, periodicals and magazines, ranging from Art in America to Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal. The library collection includes more than 1,800 videos and DVDs, covering a wide variety of educational and entertaining topics. More than 600 music CDs and 1300 music LPs are also available in the main building.

Electronic Collections

The Duckworth Library offers access to almost 100 electronic databases which index periodicals, full-text articles and Internet websites. Three primary groups of databases, EbscoHost, Proquest and Lexis-Nexis, are available to the YHC community through the library’s participation in GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online). The Duckworth Library independently subscribes to Oxford English Dictionary, Cambridge Companions to Literature, Historical New York Times, Naxos Music Library, JSTOR Arts and Science I, BioOne .1 and BioOne .2 and WilsonWeb OmniFile to meet the needs of our students. The library offers electronic access to more than 50,000 electronic books through our participation in netLibrary.

Special Collections

Special collections include:

Merle Mann Artifact Collection

On display in the Duckworth Library are approximately 5000 pieces of Native American artifacts, which were a gift of Mr. Merle Mann in 1950. He collected items from all over the United States. These items are displayed in the lobby and on both floors of the Library.

Byron Herbert Reece Collection

Byron Herbert Reece was born in Choestoe, Union County Georgia, and lived all of his life in this area.  He achieved critical acclaim, if limited commercial success, for his poetry and his novels. While writing and farming, Reece was also a student and faculty member at Young Harris College until the time of his death in 1958. The Byron Herbert Reece Collection includes letters, realia, and his personal book collection. 

Theatre Young Harris Collection

The Duckworth Library holds copies of the productions of the Theatre Department of Young Harris College since 1978, including the Children’s Theatre productions. We also house playbills, programs and other items related to the rich history of Theatre at YHC.

Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project

The Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project is a joint effort between the Library and Dr. B. Lee March, Professor of Political Science at YHC. The project, one of the largest of its kind in the South, collects recorded interviews with Vietnam Veterans as a way of preserving their stories and experiences for future generations. Click here to visit the official website for the Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project.

Ogletree Lincolniana Collection

In 2003, the Rev. David Ogletree donated his collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia to Young Harris College. This collection has over 1500 books, pamphlets, pictures, stamps, and other items representing America’s fascination with our nation's 16th president.

Bert Lance Presidential Signature Collection

Mr. Bert Lance of the Young Harris College Board of Trustees has placed his collection of signatures by U.S. Presidents on loan to the Duckworth Library. The collection includes every president from George Washington to George W. Bush, as well as personal memorabilia from Mr. Lance's career in public service.