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As IU South Bend Grows, So Does Its Library

A note from the program of the "Dedication of South Bend-Mishawaka Center" (no date, circa 1961) seems to foretell future growth of the campus, indeed of the library itself:

The spacious library has a number of study carrels, a music listening room, and facilities for reading microfilm. Included in the library collection are the Turner Hall Society Collection of German language books and the Alliance Francaise de South Bend collection of recent French fiction. The collection of basic library books, to remain adequate for the forthcoming curriculum expansion, is scheduled for rapid growth during the next few years".
Library at Northside Before Expansion
Library at Northside Before Expansion

The nucleus of the IU South Bend Archives began when librarian Virginia Humnicky put together a file cabinet full of unique IU South Bend materials in 1968. In addition, Head Librarian Donna Harlan accepted large donations of rare items from James Lewis Casaday and others, forming the nucleus of Special Collections.

A quote from IU South Bend's Titan yearbook of 1970 illustrates not only the rapidly changing face of the campus, but the library's part in that:

"IUSB is growing... physically. The IUSB campus currently consists of three buildings, with plans for future expansion to the west along the St. Joseph River. Northside Hall, our first and largest building, was opened for classes in 1961. In it are our laboratories, library facilities, and an 800-seat auditorium in addition to class rooms, lounges, and faculty offices. Greenlawn was opened in 1966 to provide more class room space for our rapidly expanding student body. Our third and newest building overlooking the river and appropriately named Riverside was completed last fall, housing dental auxiliary programs and faculty offices".
View of Northside Hall from the St. Joseph River
View of Northside Hall from the St. Joseph River

Northside Hall was expanded in 1970, and with this, so too grew the Library.


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

Expansion of the campus meant the Library had to expand to better serve a larger student population and a larger curriculum. In a planning memo from the Library to the campus business office of February 24, 1971, it was noted, "The library as designed by the Architect's Office will have to be occupied on all three floors at the same time." It necessitated a move within its confines in the Northside building. In an article from the South Bend Tribune of May 11, 1973, the Library is mentioned, noting:

The 120,000 volume IUSB library is located in Northside West Hall. The library quarters in the building, which opened for use in 1972, extend over portions of three floors.

Under Donna Harlan, Head Librarian from 1966 to 1977, the Library's collections increased significantly. By 1970 - 1971, they reached 100,000 volumes and by 1975 - 1976, they reached 175,000. Further, as mentioned before, Harlan did much work to build the campus archives and special collections. Harlan helped to build a strong Library that answered the needs of its growing campus community.

By 1978, the IU system made James L. Mullins the first official director of the library - previous to this there had been Head Librarians. This was a clear indication of the importance of IU South Bend as an expanding institution, both to the local community as well as the region and the larger IU system.

Donna Harlan, Head of the Library, 1966 to 1977
James L. Mullins, Director of the Library, 1978 to 1995
Donna Harlan, Head of the Library, 1966 to 1977
James L. Mullins, Director of the Library, 1978 to 1995

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Last Reviewed: 03/2014