Named in honor of Clement J. Lumpkin of Carlinville and his wife, Elizabeth Pegram Lumpkin, whose generous bequest funded construction, the building was completed by Blackburn students in 1970. The library has a carefully culled collection of approximately 70,000 volumes. Lumpkin Library was dedicated in 1970 as then President Robert Ludlum and the Board of Trustees realized the need for a more complete library.
To supplement periodical subscriptions, the library subscribes to a number of electronic databases including OCLC FirstSearch, EBSCO Academic Elite, JSTOR, AACE, and NetLibrary. Through interlibrary loan, the Blackburn community has access to almost all library materials that circulate in the U.S. The library is a selective depository for federal government documents and also has a complete run of The New York Times on micro-film dating from pre-Civil War times. Students can research and write papers on the 17 computers located in the library.
The library also houses the College's archives containing valuable information over 160 years old. If you have a question or need information that may be located in the archives, please contact our Archive department. When emailing please place the word "ARCHIVES" in the subject line of the email.