Parks LibraryOfficial abbreviation: LIBRARY
Constructed in 1925
Additions built in 1961, 1969, 1983
|7:30 AM - 2 AM||7:30 AM - 2 AM||7:30 AM - 2 AM||7:30 AM - 2 AM||7:30 AM - 8 PM||10 AM - 8 PM||12:30 PM - 2 AM|
- 11:25 AM: Collection / Delivery (Room 0123)
- 2:20 PM: Collection only (Room 0123)
- Monday: between Noon and 3 PM, between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM
- Tuesday: between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM, between Noon and 3 PM
- Wednesday: between Noon and 3 PM, between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM
- Thursday: between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM, between Noon and 3 PM
- Friday: between Noon and 3 PM, between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM
In 1925 the first building for the Library and its holdings was dedicated on the site of the current Library. Prior to that time, written collections had been held in Old Main (1868-1891), Morrill Hall (1891-1914), and Beardshear Hall (1914-1925).
As early as 1928 the need for additional centralized stack space was recognized. The first addition to the Library was completed in 1961 and primarily involved stack and reader space on the west side of the original structure. The second addition, completed in 1969, involved the construction of multi-tier stacks and an extension of the first addition to the west and north.
The most recent addition to the Library, spearheaded by President W. Robert Parks and his wife Ellen, brought the Library to more than four times the size of the original building. More importantly, the improvements brought Iowa State's Library, renamed the William Robert Parks and Ellen Sorge Parks Library in 1984, recognition as one of the most outstanding collegiate library facilities in the United States.
The original Library, now dwarfed by the additions to it, houses some of the most revered art work on Iowa State's campus. Murals by Grant Wood in the 1930s and statues by Christian Petersen in the 1940s, artists of international stature with Iowa backgrounds, adorn the Library and bring together the University's commitment to research and the arts.