Helmke Library Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago, on September 20-21, 1972, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and campus and community organizations carried all the books from the old library in Kettler Hall to the brand-new Helmke Library in an event now known as the Book Walk. The procession included a marching band, cheerleaders, and even a rolling bathtub. By the end, more than 100,000 books were moved over 11,000 trips from Kettler to Helmke.

Help us celebrate fifty years by stopping into the library to see our digital archive presentation with images from the Book Walk and images showing the evolution of the library over the last half century.

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