On May 17, 1923, the University of Minnesota celebrated a significant milestone: the cornerstone was laid for its new library building, then called simply “The Library.” Exactly 100 years later, current and former staff members — along with members of the University community — gathered to commemorate the anniversary.
The celebration took place on May 17, 2023 in the Great Hall of this very same building, which was renamed after University Librarian Frank K. Walter in 1959. Attendees had the opportunity to gather and learn about the past, present, and future of both Walter Library and the University Libraries writ large.
This event marked the beginning of Walter Library at 100, a series of events and celebrations that will take place throughout 2023 and 2024.
Read more about the history of the Libraries, and stay tuned for more event updates and announcements.
As part of this celebration, we also want to hear from you! If you have a memory of Walter Library — whether as a current/former student, employee, or patron — please consider sharing it with us.