Library celebrates 50 years on campus

Porter Henderson Library celebrates golden anniversary

By Eunice Tibay
On October 26, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
The library stands tall after serving students for the past 50 years.

In celebration of 50 years in operation, the Porter Henderson Library will be having a rededication ceremony on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

The ceremony will include guest speakers who are ASU alumni, along with other special guests. A reception will follow afterwards.

The building was named after Porter Henderson, a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Angelo College. Henderson worked to help the future generations of the youth of West Texas get an opportunity to pursue higher education.

Construction began for the library in 1965, and in the fall of 1967, the two-story building was officially opened.

From 2001-2003, construction for the third floor of the building took place, until it was finished and opened on the fall of 2004.

The third floor that was added to the building houses two storage rooms, the Department of Communications and Mass Media and the Tutor Center.

As the university’s population grew, so did the need for more study rooms.

In 2001, several study rooms were added, with the latest additions completed and opened in the spring of 2016.

In 2009, the library was renovated for the development of the Learning Commons, which was finished and opened in the fall of 2011.

Hours have since been extended to 137 hours a week to accommodate more students, especially during finals week.

"I’m not really the type to be up until 2 a.m. but I think the library is a wonderful service," senior Kayli Hall said.

After collaboration with the Information Technology Department, more computers were added throughout the building.

"I think it’s really cool that it’s been here that long because it looks newer," freshman Ashley Stewart said.

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