Henry E. Eccles Library

From our beginning as merely a request for books to support the first U.S. Naval War College (NWC) class in 1885, the Henry E. Eccles Library is the college’s hub of academic and social activity. Our history traces back to the earliest days of the naval institution of higher learning, known as the Navy’s "home of thought."

Henry E. Eccles Library reference desk
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Students have access to the library 24/7 outside the posted staffed hours.

Upper Level in Hewitt Hall
Staffed Supported Hours
0800 to 1600
Closed on Federal Holidays

About the Library

Located in the Learning Commons facility, we play a central role in NWC's mission to educate leaders. The Library's mission is to provide comprehensive resources and services in support of the College’s learning, research, and teaching needs.

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Library History

The NWC Library has always been central to the college's educational and research programs. Its origins can be traced to a requisition for library books in August 1885. The library was named in honor of the late Rear Admiral Henry Effingham Eccles, a noted logistician, strategist, and author whose association with NWC spanned 38 years.

Research & Instruction Services

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Contactless Pickup

The NWC Library is open 0800-1600 M-F and the Classified Library is open 0730-1630 M-F. Our book stacks are open. Self-checkout and curbside book pickup services remain available for contactless borrowing. Phone, chat, and email reference services are available during open hours.

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Additional Information

Our library staff is standing by to assist you and available in person at the hours posted below.

Department Number Email
Acquisitions Department (401) 856-5595 Acquisitions@usnwc.edu
Administration (401) 856-5600, Fax: (401) 841-6491 Library.Administration@usnwc.edu
Circulation (401) 856-5590 CircDesk@usnwc.edu
Classified Library (401) 856-5615 ClassifiedLibrary@usnwc.edu
Donations (401) 856-5610 Library.Donations@usnwc.edu
Reference Desk (401) 856-5605, Fax: (401) 841-1140 LibRef@usnwc.edu

Library Faculty & Staff

Our experienced faculty have years of earned expertise across a wide range of writing, history, security studies, and other educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.

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