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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Past, Present, Future: Camden-Carroll Library
the crescent of University Boulevard stands an eighty-six year old building
that holds an abundance of history not only in its structure, but quite
literally in its contents.
Camden-Carroll Library is probably one of the most academically-influential
historic buildings on campus and many of us call it home during finals week. Currently the CCL houses the University’s
Archives, Appalachian Collection, James Still Room, Jesse Stuart Room, Patti
Bolin Display, Learning Technology Lab, Learning Resource Center, and the Java
City Coffee Shop.
features technology centers and study spaces to help you with research and
prepare class projects, as well as books, magazines, and journals that make it
an iconic stop for continual education at MSU.
1930, the Johnson Camden Library sits prominently in the center of campus as a
registered National Historic Place and was named for U.S. Senator Johnson N.
Camden Jr. It has undergone two
expansions allowing it to hold the immense amount of educational resources for nearly 11,000 students from 110 Kentucky
counties, 41 states and 31 nations.
addition in 1965 expanded on the left side of the main structure and the second
addition gives us what we know as the library tower, or the Julian Carroll
Library Tower, named in recognition of Governor Julian Carroll. Currently, some work is being completed on limestone that is chipping on the historic structure.
comes to student education, the library offers programs such as free tutoring
sessions for students needing assistance in any of their classes. They offer a schedule that operates great
hours during the week and a 24-hour operation schedule during semester finals
finals week operations, floors are designated for study areas that include
quiet zones and napping zones and they also provide students who have a hard
time separating themselves from the books with snacks.
evident that the Camden-Carroll Library plays a vital role in the academic
state of MSU while also contributing to the rich and historic background of the