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History and basic facts of the Horace W. Sturgis Library
Last Updated: May 2, 2016 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Sturgis Library History

Before the campus of what was then called Kennesaw Junior College was ready for students, administration and staff, including the first librarian Robert Greene, worked out of Banberry Elementary School in Marietta. When campus opened in January 1967 the library building was not ready, and so bookshelves were set up in the physics lab. At that time there were about 4,200 volumes. The library building (currently Pilcher building) opened in April 1967.

The current Horace W. Sturgis Library building was completed in 1981 and  was the largest building on campus. In 1990, the  library building was named after the first president of KSU, Horace W. Sturgis.

The Sturgis Library is also home to the University Archives and Rare Book Gallery as well as several other departments. Books published before 1976 are located in the Library Repository located in Town Pointe and can be requested online through the catalog.


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