The first degrees were awarded in 1967 and in 1968, the campus was renamed "Indiana University South Bend." Under the leadership of Head Librarian Donna Harlan, the Library’s collection increased substantially and in 1968 included a small collection of university documents collected by librarian Virginia Humnicky and large donation of rare or unique items from James Lewis Casaday and others, forming the nucleus of Special Collections.
By 1971, enrollment exceeded 5,000 students. An extension was built to Northside Hall which included an expanded library facility that extended over portions of three floors. There was much more space for seating, the 120,000 volume collection, offices, and equipment. The Library, which occupied the same footprint as the current bookstore, included a central stairway and a dumb waiter in circulation that was used for book trucks. By the time that Head Librarian Donna Harlan left in 1977, the library held over 175,000 volumes.
To meet the needs of the expanding teacher education program, a Learning Resource Center (LRC) opened in the 1970’s in Room 111 of Greenlawn Hall. It included print materials that would support preservice teachers develop lesson plans and research skills, as well as a small production area with 5 to 6 pieces of equipment for learning how to integrate technology into the classroom. This facility was under the management of the School of Education.
In 1978, the IU system hired James L. Mullins as its first official library director at IU South Bend. This was a clear indication of the importance of IU South Bend as an expanding institution, both to the local community as well as the region and the larger IU system. Two years later, the Learning Resource Center, under supervisor Al Large, came under the management of the Library and began operating as a self-standing auxiliary unit, charging for printing and the creation of visual aids.
Last reviewed: 08/2019