Durick Library 50th

Library History in Photos

    
 

 


The first Saint Michael’s library was a room located in Founders.   

Student studies in the first Saint Michael’s library, located in Founders Hall.     

 

Student studies in the first Saint Michael’s library. 

Tables in the Founders Hall library.  

 

 

Tables in the Founders Hall library.

 

 

 

Student in the stacks in the Founders Hall library.

To accommodate the increasing numbers of students following the enactment of the GI Bill, the College purchased a number of U.S. Military surplus buildings in 1947.

 

 

To accommodate the increasing numbers of students following the enactment of the GI Bill, the College purchased a number of U.S. military surplus buildings from Fort Ethan Allen in 1947. Tractors moved the USO building, soon to be known as the Klein Library, to its current location next to Jeanmarie Hall.

Students work with librarians in the Klein Hall library.  

 

 

Students work with librarians in the Klein Hall library.

Priests meet in front of the fireplace in Klein Library. The painting over the fireplace is of Mont Saint Michel.  

 

 

 

Priests meet in front of the fireplace in Klein Library. The painting over the fireplace is of Mont Saint Michel.

 
By the early 1960’s the student body had outgrown the military surplus buildings and the college embarked on an ambitious plan to build up the campus. Included in the plans was a new library to house a growing library collection and expanded services. Construction began in 1966.
 
The new library was named after Dr. Jeremiah Durick, who had passed away unexpectedly in 1961.  

 

 

The new library was named after Dr. Jeremiah Durick, a beloved English professor who had passed away unexpectedly in 1961. 

 

 

 

Professor Durick’s family helped with the August 13, 1966 groundbreaking.

Klein library viewed through the newly dug foundation of the Durick Library.  

 


Klein library viewed through the newly dug foundation of the Durick Library.

The central core of the library.  Today, the Ladies and Men’s rooms on each floor are located along this core.  

 

The central core of the library. Today, the restrooms on each floor are located along this core.  

A view of the walls.  

 

 

A view of the walls.

The partially completed building covered in plastic.  

 

 

The partially completed building covered in plastic.

The final work on the building exterior.  

 

 

The final work on the building exterior.

The round building made for some interesting photography.  

 

 

The round building made for some interesting photography.

An aerial view of the new library

 

An aerial view of the new library and a portion of campus. At the top left is Jeanmarie Hall, the only other brick building visible. Apart from Klein, the other wooden buildings on campus were gradually replaced. McCarthy Arts Center did not open until 1974, and groundbreaking for Saint Edmund’s Hall was in 1985.

The new library looks a bit lonely without the Ross Center beyond it.  

 

The new library looks a bit lonely without the Ross Center beyond it. The library opened in February 1968. The official dedication did not take place until May 3.

Students staff and friends look on as a sled dog team moves a load of books to the new library.  

 

 

Students staff and friends look on as a sled dog team moves a load of books to the new library

Students begin the long process of shifting books off the shelves.  

 

 

Students begin the long process of shifting books off the shelves.

A library staff member helps a student balance a large armful of items to be moved.  

 

 

A library staff member helps a student balance a large armful of items to be moved.

Students with a cart of books bound for the empty shelves.  

 

 

Students with a cart of books bound for the empty shelves.

The Durick family and the SMC community enroute to the dedication.  

 

 

The Durick family and the SMC community en route to the dedication.

The circulation desk stood just inside the entryway.  The card catalog would have been right in front of people entering the building.  

 

The circulation desk stood just inside the entryway.  The card catalog would have been right in front of people entering the building.

A student looks for resources in the card catalog.  

 

 

A student looks for resources in the card catalog.

Students sit at the new carrels  

 

 

Students sit at the new carrels.

A view of the current periodical shelves  

 

 

A view of the current periodical shelves. 

 

 

Students enjoy the new, modern seating (and the softening of rules that finally allowed casual conversation).

Students enjoy the new, modern seating (and the softening of rules that finally allowe casual conversation)  

 

 

Another view of the library stacks.

In 1992, the current Durick Library addition opened.  

 

 

In 1992, the current Durick Library addition opened.

President and rosemary Reiss pose with students at the 1992 library dedication  

 

 

President and Rosemary Reiss pose with students at the 1992 library dedication.


 

 

 

Special Collections room in the 1992 addition.

Special Collections room in the 1992 addition.  

 

 

Empty shelves in the Special Collections Room.

Students study in the 1992 addition  

 

 

Students study in the 1992 addition

The card catalog still took up a large footprint in the early years of the 1992 addition. The Online catalog has long since replaced it.  

 

The card catalog still took up a large footprint in the early years of the 1992 addition. The online catalog has long since replaced it.

 

 

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