North Greenville's first library was located upstairs in the rear wing of the school's second, "T" shaped administration building. It was situated directly above the combination gymnasium/auditorium, the sound from which at times made studying in the library quite difficult!
When the school built its third administration building, the library was moved into its first floor. In 1950, Edith Sayer became the first full-time librarian. In 1958, the library officially became known as the Hester Memorial Library. In 1969, due to its increasing size, the library expanded to include the second floor.
In 1974, the library moved into the Averyt Learning Center. This was the first building dedicated exclusively to the library.
The library currently exists as Hester Memorial Library, inside the renovated and expanded Averyt-Wood Learning Center.
Over the years since the foundation of the original high school, a number of individuals have served as librarian here at North Greenville. For the first few years, the position was filled by individuals who served in other roles such as professor or bookkeeper, along with their library duties. Marion Burts, a part-time professor, was the first librarian.
Who was Hester?
Reverend Henry Clayton Hester served as the principal of North Greenville Academy from 1919 to 1928. When the fate of the school was uncertain due to a loss of state funding in 1924, Hester stated that he would personally, "accept the challenge of saving the life of an institution so needed, so loved and dedicated to the progress of the Kingdom of God in our state." From that point on, he received no pay for his work at North Greenville, and even accepted church work to help pay teachers' salaries. Once state funding was restored, Hester felt that his job at North Greenville was completed and returned to the pastorate he had held before coming to North Greenville.
Henry Jacob Howard. From These Roots: The Story of North Greenville Junior College, 1892-1967 (Tigerville, SC: North Greenville Junior College, 1967), 53-54, 63.
Averyt-Wood Learning Center. This is the Second Building on the right from the Main Entrance off of Hwy 414, beside Hayes Ministry Center. The Library is on the first and second floors.
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Fall & Spring Terms
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 pm.m - 11:00 p.m.
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Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 12 NOON
Closed on the Weekend
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 12 NOON
Closed on the Weekend
Holiday & Exceptions
Labor Day: Closed
Fall Break: ( Friday 2 p.m. / Tuesday 6 p.m. )
Thanksgiving: ( Tuesday 6 p.m. / Sunday 6 p.m. )
Spring Break: ( Friday 2 p.m. / Sunday 6 p.m. )
Good Friday: Closed
Saturday after Good Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 NOON
Easter Sunday: Open at 6 p.m.
Memorial Day: Closed
Independence Day: Closed
The Miller Bible Museum is a special collection of Bibles and biblical history artifacts that is housed on the first floor of the Hester Memorial Library. Previously located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the museum was relocated and established at North Greenville University in 1985. At that time, Chaplain Lewie H. Miller, Jr., placed a portion of his personal Bible collection on permanent display with the university as a memorial to his late wife, Edith D. Miller.
A graduate of North Greenville College, Furman University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chaplain Miller served for a number of years in the United States Air Force, prior to his retirement. He spent more than thirty years collecting Bibles, promoting Bible distribution and working for the publication of the Bible in electronic format.
The museum's collection spans the history of the Bible from the earliest times to the beginning of the computer age. Visitors can appreciate artifacts including pottery, coins and tablets from the biblical period, as well as print copies of the Bible in more than twenty different languages. These artifacts highlight the work of translation organizations such as Bible Translators and the United Bible Societies, which continue even today, to translate the Bible into more languages and dialects.
In addition to the numerous and varied Bibles, there are a number of items in the collection which represent the many countries, people groups and cultures to which the Word of God has been taken over the past several hundred years.
The museum itself is unique in the world of Bible collecting. It is currently one of only three collections of its type in the U.S. that are known to be on permanent public display.