Scholarly Libraries

The ways that scholars and students used libraries during the nineteenth century were quite different from modern practices.  Theophilus A. Wylie was the librarian for the university from roughly 1840 until 1870.  He also maintained a personal library of around 700 books that are currently housed in the Wylie House Museum.  Wylie saw a clear difference between how he purchased materials for the University Library and how he used his own personal library.  The University Library, in Wylie's view, was meant to serve the needs of the educational curriculum whereas his personal library was a tool both for scholarship and for mentoring students interested in research.