Posted by: Kami | May 28, 2009

Library: from Ballroom to…

Dowling College Library ca. 1970

Dowling College Library ca. 1970. Click to see more.

When Adelphi-Suffolk moved into the Vanderbilt estate in January 1963, the library collection contained approximately 15,000 volumes and 160 periodical subscriptions, and was housed in the Ballroom of the Vanderbilt Mansion. Stacks of books and periodicals were arranged around the outside of the room, with seating on the inside. Interlibrary loan services with Suffolk County Public Libraries and other New York State libraries could be requested. Students could also use the Swirbul Library at Adelphi. The Library quickly outgrew the Ballroom, and moved into the new Learning Resources Center in January 1974. The fire which destroyed much of the Mansion right after the move forced the new occupants to temporarily share their space once again until the Mansion could be rebuilt.

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