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Michener Library 40th Anniversary

Dedication Ceremony | Give to the Libraries | Library History | Memories of Michener Library

Michener Library and James A Michener

"James A. Michener Library: Dedicated for 40 Years"

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Library's Naming and Dedication

When: Friday, November 2, 2012

Where: James A. Michener Library / UNC West Campus


3:00 - 4:30 pm

Government Publications Area - Michener Library Lower Level

History of Libraries - presented by Michael Welsh

The James A. Michener Connection - presented by Stephen May

Architectural Design & Construction

2:00, 2:30, & 4:30 pm

Library Tours

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Mari Michener Gallery

Reception - Remarks begin at 5:15pm

James A Michener in Michener Library

Memories of Michener Library

We want to hear your memories of the James A. Michener Library. Please share your thoughts with us by completing this online form.

Make a special commemorative gift to the University Libraries

UNC Library History

In 1890, citizens of Greeley and Weld County collected $11,185 to help finance the construction of the first building on campus, the east wing of Cranford Hall. A room in the building, lit with gasoline lamps, was designated as the library. As facilities in Cranford Hall were outgrown, a new building, costing $48,253 was built east of Cranford in 1904 and named for Albert E. Carter, longtime librarian. In 1939 Carter Hall was enlarged to its present appearance.

As the institution grew to become the University of Northern Colorado, the library collections grew to support the broader curriculum and research needs of the university community. In 1971 the main library collection was moved from Carter Hall to the new library building. In 1972 the new library building was named for James A. Michener.

Michener Library was designed by the Colorado architectural firm of Brelsford, Childress, and Paulin and constructed by Hensel Phelps Construction Co.