Schwob Library, Archives Celebrate 30th Anniversary

In 1975, the Columbus College Library moved, with 109,553 bound volumes (currently more than 400,000), from present-day Woodall Hall to a new $2.5 million, four-story facility, located next door.

Named in honor of a local donor, Simon Schwob, the facilitys first and second floors housed the librarys collections while a vacant third floor would become home to the archives. Located in the basement was the media services department, which handled the audio-visual needs of the campus.

The Schwob Library will celebrate its anniversary with an open house, exclusively for faculty, staff and other invitees, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 on the Schwob Library main floor. The event will feature guided tours, live music, wine and hors doeuvres.

Meanwhile, the CSU Archives is marking its anniversary through Nov. 7 with an exhibition showcasing its history and holdings.

The archives serves as this regions repository for records documenting the history of CSU and the greater Columbus region. The archives comprises two distinct collections: the Columbus State University Collection, and the Chattahoochee Valley Historical Collections. The facility continues to collect materials, building upon more than 2,000 linear feet of archival material, 500 oral histories, more than 1,000 rare books and a 2,500-volume local history and culture collection. In addition, the Joseph B. Mahan and Institute For the Study of American Cultures Reading Room houses materials related to the study of Pre-Columbian interactions between the Old World and New.

The archives also is expanding an online presence ( with an extensive catalog and links to digitally published holdings.

The CSU Archives is open from noon-5 p.m. weekdays. The anniversary exhibit, on the first floor of the Schwob Library, can be viewed during the librarys regular operating hours: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 2-10 p.m. Sunday. Visit the CSU Libraries online at