The mission of the H.V. Manning Library at Claflin University is to support and supplement the teaching-learning program of the institution at all levels. 

It performs this function by providing materials in various formats for use by students and faculty in their studies,instruction and research. In doing so, it takes into account the fact that learning is a multifaceted process that encompasses diverse tools, methods and participants.

The Library caters to the information needs of all learning programs, including distance learning and continuing education. As an educational resource, the Library extends its services to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. A basic responsibility at the heart of the Library's mission is to teach skills in the use of the Library. Through bibliographic instruction, it seeks to equip students with knowledge necessary to retrieve information from both traditional and modern technological sources. The Library strives to be an active element in the teaching-learning process of the institution.


Claflin's first library, the Lee Library, was established in 1898. There is evidence that the University supported a small library before 1898, but records of its existence are not available. As the collection of books in the Lee Library expanded, a larger facility was needed. Renamed the Bowen Library, this expanded collection was moved into a renovated building on campus. An annex was added to the Bowen Library in 1960.

The present library, named after Claflin's sixth president, Dr. Hubert Vernon Manning, had its official opening on December 3, 1967. The building was thoroughly renovated in 2001-2002. The Library has a seating capacity of 300.


Monday to Thursday - 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

Friday                          - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday                     - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday                       - 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Intersession Hours and Summer Hours

Monday to Thursday - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed on Saturday and Sundays, but assistance is available via Chat with a Librarian 24/7

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