The U. Grant Miller Library’s origins extend back to 1789, when Benjamin Franklin gave the nascent college a £50 pound donation for books. In the College Archives, the Library still holds five books from this original purchase. When Washington College and Jefferson College were unified in 1865, the Library was located in the College’s Carnegie Library, now known as Thompson Memorial Hall. In 1965, the College built the U. Grant Miller Library on its current site and moved its holdings to that new, larger facility.