Like many libraries, in its early years Willis Library utilized a card catalog to help patrons
locate the materials they needed. The card catalogs in Willis were located on the first floor,
and were painted with large text at the ends that read “author-title” and “subject.” The card catalog was a useful
tool for students, faculty, and staff, though locating materials with it could be a bit time consuming.
In 1988, the library began the transition to a new computer-based catalog system, which allowed
patrons to use keyword searches to find more results faster, but the location of the book would still
need to be found in the card catalog. Only one computer catalog station was available to students
for a few years, but by 2000, the card catalogs were removed, and a larger selection of computers for
catalog searching were set up. As the computer catalog system was implemented, the majority of students
and faculty alike were pleased with the speed and ease of use of the system.