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Grace Doherty Library

Grace Doherty Library construction

Construction of the Grace Doherty Library, image dated January 4, 1966.

Charles A. Thomas, photographer

Front of Grace Doherty Library

Students in front of the new library.

Charles A. Thomas, photographer

Although the library opened in February of 1967, it was dedicated on April 22, 1967. Called a "Hall of Learning" at the time, it was built to hold 160,000 volumes, 15 convertable rooms for use as classrooms and reading rooms, faculty offices, an auditorium, and a state-of-the-art electronic language laboratory and audio-viusal center. It was considered a "uniques and revolutionary" building for the time.

The library was named in honor of the Henry L. And Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation which donated one million dollars to Centre College.  It was designed by the architectural firm of Murphy and Mackey of St. Louis. Total cost of construction was $1.6 million.

Information from "New Centre Doherty Library Now In Use." Advocate Messenger, February 9, 1967, page 2. 

Grace Doherty Library