Growth and Expansion

Donna Harlan, Head of the Library, 1966 to 1977

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.

Circulation Desk, Northside Expansion, 1970s
Study Area, Northside Expansion, 1970s