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Highlights of 30 years for Mortvedt LibraryC O M P I L E D B Y L I Z R U S S E L L ' 9 8
1937 Xavier library built with seating capacity for 140, shelves to hold 75,000 volumes.
--Frank H. Haley
February 1965 Bindon & Wright, architects from Seattle, Wash., provide preliminary specifications. The library's 63,000-square-foot design is based on the students' concerns and advice, and includes plans for a future third floor.
April 8, 1965 PLU receives Federal grant of $571,786 for library construction.
November 1965 Alumni Association kicks off its Library Fund Drive, the first time since 1958 alumni had been asked to make a capital gift.
December 1, 1965 Faculty and staff contribute $75,000 to library.
December 15, 1965 Absher Construction Company of Puyallup, Wash., awarded the construction contract.
December 17, 1965 President Robert A. Mortvedt at groundbreaking ceremony.
November 17, 1966 Unanimous approval by the Board of Regents to name the library after current President Robert A. Mortvedt.
"The chapel is the 'center of the institution,' and the library is the 'beating heart of the university.' In no way could you honor me more than to decide that the library bear the Mortvedt name. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
--Robert A. Mortvedt
April 2, 1967 Dedication service held in Eastvold. Tacoma News Tribune praises the library as "one of the most functional educational facilities in the Northwest."
September 8, 1987 Dedication of third-floor addition.
Summer 1994 Leslie J. Thomas Collection of 1,304 colonial and constitutional history books given to the library, one of the largest gifts in the library's history.
February 1996 Dedication of the Language Resource Center.
May 1996 MaryAnn Dase serves as executive director of information resources through July 1997.
May 31, 1997 Library collection reaches 433,880 volumes.
October 1997 Sheri Tonn is named the new dean of information resources. She oversees the library and computing and telecommunications services. Tonn had previously served as a professor of chemistry and dean of the Division of Natural Sciences at PLU since 1979.
Information and photos gathered with the help of Kerstin Ringdahl, university archivist.