The Original Library

Who would ever guess that the beautiful beams at the top of this page, from the original college library, are still housed in one of the most derelict buildings on campus?  They are similar in style to the beams in P104, the Little Theater.  The library was one of the next buildings to be completed after the English Building.  The library was located at the west end of the building (pictured here) until the current library was built in the mid 1950s.  The east end housed the administration until 1951.

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Slated to be demolished in order to make way for a new classroom building, the N Building has grown to be one of the campus eyesores.  Crumbling shutters cover the former library windows (where they haven’t been covered by plaster).  The room that once housed the library has put in time as a server room and currently houses a computer lab.

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Students line up for registration in the library.   Notice the exposed arches that are now enclosed.
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The open arches of the administration portion of the old library building are visible in this 1949 picture of the English Building.

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The Library Building in 1951.

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A 1950s version of Faculty Avenue is visible through the library windows.

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Arches 1958
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Arches 1959
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1958
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And on the north side of the building is this wonderfully mysterious piece of history.  What was being deposited in the Library Building at night?
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