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Archives: White Library Building History

Welcome to the Spring Arbor University Archives. Since 1973, there has been a concentrated effort to preserve and make available the rich history of Spring Arbor University as well as other areas of research within its scope. This research guide is a wor

Hugh A. and Edna C. White Library

Hugh A. White Library (1964)

History of Library Buildings

The Spring Arbor University library donors play an important role in providing services to the SAU community. The library is the heart of the campus for residential students, as well as distance learners and faculty. The first library building was opened in 1964 as the university’s largest donation to date was received in the prior year to finance construction by an anonymous donor. The 1964 building was named the Hugh A. White Library and is now known as Dietzman Hall, providing offices for several university departments. 

In 2001, after a more than five-year fundraising campaign initiated during President Allen Carden’s tenure, President Dr. James Chapman announced that the goal was met to commence construction on a new campus library building to be “the heart of our educational mission.” Once again, in addition to the many donors, several anonymous donations bolstered the campaign. With the guidance of Library Director Roy L. Meador, the 38.500 square foot building was designed with group study rooms, conference rooms, internet ports for students, and a state-of-the-art archive to house the university history. 

The Hugh A. and Edna C. White Library dedication took place on February 16, 2002, led by President Dr. Gayle D. Beebe, to the “glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom and for the vital task of enriching the academic, moral and spiritual discourse within the living and learning communities of this institution.”