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Save the date: upcoming Walter Library at 100 events

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—For many current and former students and employees, Walter Library holds myriad stories — from late-night study sessions to first jobs to life-changing encounters. As we reflect on this centennial anniversary, we aim to capture as many of these memories as we can to preserve and share online.

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June 25, 2024 — Behind the scenes: Walter Library at 100 alumni event

Calling all U of M alumni! Join us for a behind the scenes tour of Walter Library as it celebrates its 100 birthday. Learn about the history, construction and ongoing legacy of Walter Library. Get a tour of the architectural features, view historical photos, artifacts and blueprints of the first library built on campus. Then, tour one of the newest spaces in Walter — the Toaster Innovation Hub and Makerspace — and give it a try with 3D printing, VR, and hands-on making.

Register for the June 25 event

October 1, 2024 — Celebrating Walter Library at 100

Join us Tuesday, October 1, 6-8 p.m., for an open house to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Walter Library. We’ll have refreshments, tours of the building, opportunities to try out our makerspace and virtual reality technology, and time to hear from and interact with our expert librarians and archivists.

The event kicks off with a brief panel discussion about the past, present, and future of the U of M Libraries, which will touch on the history of Walter Library, the preservation of rare and unique items, and the increasing role of library technology in the lives of today’s students.

Following the conversation, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the building, interact 1-1 with staff, and enjoy refreshments provided at various locations in the library.

Registration details coming soon!

October 24, 2024 — Walter Library 100 at Homecoming

Explore a mini-exhibit about the history and construction of the first “new” library on campus. Meet in the unique and historic Upson Room (room 102) to explore campus history and view blueprints, then and now images and more. Go on a mini-tour and pick up stickers, postcards, and bookmarks to celebrate Walter Library. Free. All are welcome. Join us at Walter Library on Thursday, October 24, anytime from 3-5 p.m.

Walter 100 Scavenger Hunt — Owl Edition
Walk around Walter Library and see if you can find the hidden owl. Follow the guide and answer the questions on this form to be entered into a drawing for a UMN Libraries T-shirt.

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