About Us

Opened in 1967, George C. Gordon Library is named for one of its benefactors who graduated from WPI with an electrical engineering degree in 1895. Gordon generously bequeathed $5 million of his estate to the Institute in 1964.

Today, Gordon Library is one of the busiest buildings on campus-with an average of 13,000+ visitors per week during the academic year.

Come discover all the library has to offer: Get expert research help, find a quiet space to study, use computers and other equipment, search online databases, browse our bookshelves, reserve a Tech Suite to collaborate with other students, visit our convenient café, and so much more.

Be sure to schedule a visit to the heart of the library, our Archives and Special Collections, which preserves not only a wealth of knowledge pertaining to WPI's history, but also many other treasures in the form of rare art, artifacts, books, and manuscripts-including a world-class collection of Charles Dickens' works and materials.

Our mission at Gordon Library is to work with the WPI community in teaching, learning, and scholarship by providing resources and innovative services that anticipate and respond to your changing information needs. If you feel we can improve our services or your library experience, please let us know.

Mission Statement

The George C. Gordon Library enriches WPI and the global community, inspiring and supporting research exploration and discovery by providing specialized resources, user-centered spaces, and innovative services that anticipate and respond to changing information needs.

Vision Statement

The George C. Gordon Library aspires to foster continually a community of scholars across disciplines and around the world through:        

  • Information Resources: 
    • Meet research and curricular needs through the acquisition of specialized resources by engaging with the WPI community in decision-making about the collection.
    • Collect, preserve, and make accessible unique archival materials that reflect and support the curricula and history of WPI. 
    • Educate and influence users on the evolving landscape of scholarly data and information.        
  • User-centered Spaces:
    • In-person or Online
    • Provide a social, flexible, collaborative environment with a welcoming atmosphere.
    • Offer spaces and exhibits that inspire our users and build community and cultural engagement. 
  • Innovative Services:
    • Provide the WPI community with the seamless information and research services they need when they need them.
    • Weave information literacy and instruction throughout WPI’s curricula by actively partnering with faculty to provide research education for all.

Gordon Library Reports

Interested in learning more about the library’s long-range plans, viewing our annual report, or learning more about our information literacy vision? Please see the reports below.

Long-Range Plans

View our long-range plans for the library, which include linking our services more closely with the WPI curriculum and building a collection to support teaching, learning, and scholarship in the most efficient manner possible. View PDF… 

Annual Report

The library experienced an 81% increase in classes, programs and consultations over the past 5 years. See our annual report for other highlights and details: 2012-2013 Annual Report. View annual reports from past years

Information Literacy Vision

You can read all about Gordon Library’s Information Literacy and Instruction Program and the current state of information literacy at WPI. View PDF… 

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George C. Gordon

George C. Gordon was born August 20, 1872, in Worcester, Mass. He was the youngest of three Gordon brothers to graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he received his degree in electrical engineering in 1895.