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History of the Wolfgram Memorial Library

The Lieutenant William J. Wolfgram Memorial Library is named in memory of the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wolfgram of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lieutenant Wolfgram, who was graduated from PMC in 1943 with high scholastic and military honors, was killed in action in Italy on April 16, 1945 while serving with the Tenth Mountain Division. After his death his personal library was presented to the University and became the nucleus for a reference collection in English literature.


The Library, dedicated in 1970, was designed by Vincent G. Kling and Associates. It is built of white brick and concrete, four stories and a penthouse high. Its imposing size, unusual triangular shape and pivotal location, compel attention and make it the physical as well as the intellectual center of the University. Its main entrance, facing outward from the campus, invites the public to join with the University community in sharing its resources and facilities.


The Library supports the academic programs of Widener University with a collection of 241,000 volumes, 2,256 current periodical subscriptions, 167,963 microforms, access to over 80 online services, and a diverse collection of audiovisual and multimedia materials. A team of 8 faculty librarians and 19 staff keeps the library open an average of 95.5 hours per week to assist students and faculty with effective use of these services.