Dec. 2 exhibition celebrates Love Library's 75th anniversary

Dec. 2 exhibition celebrates Love Library's 75th anniversary

Love Library in 1943

A new exhibition and a presentation by Lincoln historian, Jim McKee, highlights a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Love Library’s construction.

The exhibit, “75th Anniversary of Love Library’s Cornerstone,” opens with a special presentation by McKee at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in Love Library, Peterson Room 221.

McKee, a Nebraska alumnus, will present on Don L. Love, the namesake for Love Library, and its early years.

Refreshments will be served.

Facts about Love Library:

  • Don L. Love died in 1940 and left $850,000 in his will to build a new library on the University of Nebraska campus. It was planned to be the largest and most expensive building on campus.

  • Short essays praising Don L. Love’s philanthropy, written by friends and business associates of Love, were placed inside the cornerstone before the cement was poured.

  • Due to the onset of World War II, when construction was completed, Love Library became home to about 300-400 Air Corps Training Unit in 1943 instead of being used as the library. Love Library opened to students in 1945 and was finally dedicated as a library in 1947.

  • The library used to have a pneumatic tube and special conveyor to speed up the process of getting books from the stacks to the students.