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Bishop Joseph Simeon Flipper

Flipper Facts:

Born- February 22, 1859

Atlanta University 1869 - 1876

Dean- Turner Theological Seminary 1903

President- Morris Brown College 1904-1908

Bishop -  A. M. E. Church   1928 -1936

Named- for Allen University Library 1941

Died- October 10, 1955

About Flipper Library

The Joseph Simeon Flipper Library serves as the center hub of the campus in providing scholarly information and discovery.  We provide access to millions of resources, thousands of journals, eBooks, and printed books, hundreds of databases, an array of other material, and workshops.   The Mission of the Joseph Simon Flipper Library is to provide access to a variety of informational resources and formats that strengthen Allen University’s curriculum and support programs by providing the assistance needed to use available resources.   



The JOSEPH SIMEON FLIPPER LIBRARY had been an idea in the minds of the people of South Carolina for many, many years.  This great idea took the shape of a reality in August, 1941, under the able leadership of Bishop Joseph Simeon Flipper, when the foundation of the stone structure was laid. Money came in in bits from the students, faculty, the alumni, friends of Allen University, and the loyal ministers and members of the African Methodist Episcopal churches of South Carolina.

Flipper OPAC Discovery

Flipper Resources

35,000 Print Titles

289  Databases

236,019  eBooks 

687 Media Items

Flipper Digital Collection

The Flipper Team

Mrs. Courtney Rounds, Technical Assistant

Ms. Sloane Clark, Librarian

Ms. Virginia Houston, Librarian

Mr. John Kinard, Library Assistant

Mr. John Wright, Library Assistant

Ms. Carol L. Bowers, Director of Library Services

Flipper Contact Information

803-376-5917   Circulation Desk                     

803-376-5748   Technology Center

803-376-5945   W. Broughton Archives

803-765-6030   Director of Library Services

The Flipper Hours

Monday  - Thursday : 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.​​

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Final Weeks:  7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.  

Flipper Liaison

A Flipper Librarian is assigned as a subject specialist library liaison for each academic unit at Allen.  Flipper Library Liaisons work as communication bridge closing the gaps between the library system and the academic units.  The Flipper Liaison are: 

  • Mr. Kinard- Honors 
  • Ms. Clark- English and Biology
  • Ms. Houston- Business and Mathematics
  • Mrs. Rounds- Social Science
  • Mr. Wright- Music and Religion
  • Ms. Bowers- Adult Learners

Flipper Facility

Your Personal Flipper Librarian

Flipper Library is an excellent resource.  Each student is assigned a personal librarian to ensure that every student gets the most our of the Flipper Experience while attending Allen. 




Ms. Bowers

Freshman Experience Librarian


Ms. Clark

Sophomore Experience Librarian


Mrs. Rounds

Junior Experience Librarian