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
The first building constructed for the Indiana University South Bend campus opened in 1961. Located just north of the St. Joseph River, it was dedicated in 1962 as the South Bend-Mishawaka Center and later renamed Northside Hall. A large room on the second floor, next to the center’s auditorium, 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.