Kalamazoo College Mandelle Library Periodical Room
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Kalamazoo College's Mandelle Library Periodical Reading Room. This room was located on the main (quadrangle) level of the building, west of the doors from the quadrangle. When President Allan Hoben arrived on campus in 1922, one of the things he found lacking was an adequate library. The existing library was crammed into two rooms in Bowen Hall and the needs of the College had outgrown the space available. This continued until Mary "Minnie" Senter Mandelle left the College a bequest of $350,000 for the construction of a new library. All agreed that the library needed a prominent location on campus so Wheaton Lodge, no longer needed after the opening of Trowbridge, was torn down to make way for the new building. Dedicated in November 1930, Minnie Mandelle Library was designed by Aymar Embury and served as the College's library until 1967 when Upjohn Library was completed. It was then renovated to house the College’s administrative offices. The photographer and students pictured are unidentified.