History of the IU South Bend Libraries
The campus’ first library began as a few shelves of books in Central High School in downtown South Bend, the location of the first IU classes in the area. In the late 1940s, a separate room was designated as the library to accommodate the growing number of students taking evening classes.
Northside Hall Location
In 1961, the first IU South Bend building, Northside Hall, was constructed on newly acquired land on the north shore of the St. Joseph River and the campus was renamed the South Bend-Mishawaka Center.. A large room on the second floor next to the auditorium in Northside Hall was selected to house the library, with offices along an attached corridor. The first professional librarian at the center, Mary Zimmerman, began work in 1962.