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Reprinted by permission of Cathy Grimes, The Daily Press, published Jan 25, 2009.

“NEWPORT NEWS. The largest maritime library in the Northern Hemisphere now lives under a three-story cupola on the Christopher Newport University campus.

The Mariner’s Museum and CNU officially opened the collection’s new home in the Trible Library on Thursday. The collection takes up about one-quarter of the University’s library building, with a spacious reading room, stacks, storage space and environmentally controlled areas for fragile and rate items.

The Mariners’ Museum Library is open to the public as well as scholars and students.”

— 1,750,000 items

— 600,000 photographs and maps, charts and plans.

— USS Monitor archive of materials

— Chris-Craft archives

— Mark Twain’s riverboat license

Don’t miss this oportunity to visit this remarkable Library – right in our own backyard!