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Oct. 2: University's Memorial Library Celebrating 50 Years

Event will be held from 2-4 p.m.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-20-2017

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Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato and Library Services at the University invite both the local and University communities to join a celebration of Memorial Library’s 50th year on Monday, Oct. 2 from 2-4 p.m.

Library tours will be available, and a short program will be held at 2:15 p.m., with cake and refreshments available. Memorial Library is located on campus at 601 Maywood Ave. (Campus maps and parking information are available here.)

While Memorial Library has experienced many changes over the last 50 years, one thing remains constant. The Memorial Library continues to be the academic center for Minnesota State Mankato. As part of its vision, Minnesota State Mankato Library Services facilitates discovery, study, learning and scholarship; creates a physically and virtually accessible environment, leads in campus collaboration and anticipates and embraces transformational change.

When the Memorial Library opened its doors Oct. 2, 1967, the library’s holdings included 160,000 volumes and 1,600 periodicals. Today, about six times as many books (more than a million) and 60 times as many online and print periodicals (more than 100,000) are available to library users, in addition to a vast Inter-Library Loan network that reaches around the world. The library building was expanded with a major building project in 1992, and today it has an “all-weather” pedestrian connection to other campus buildings.

Joan Roca, dean of Library Services, encourages former students and all interested community members to come and experience the transformations.

“It is very fitting that the University’s celebration of the 150th year since its foundation include recognition that our 50-year-old Memorial Library can be proudly showcased as a modern facility offering a caring and professional staff, high-quality services, carefully selected resources in many formats, state-of-the-art technologies, and a variety of comfortable, flexible study spaces to serve the needs of 21st century students,” said Roca.

For more information, contact Leslie Peterson, assistant to the dean of Library Services, at 507-389-5952 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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