Firestone Library, circa 1965.

With the first-semester reading period in progress, this photo from the Sept. 21, 1965, issue of PAW seemed like an appropriate Throwback Thursday selection. Taken by Ulli Steltzer at Firestone Library, the image accompanied a long feature story titled “New Challenges to University Libraries,” written by William S. Dix, then the University librarian.

Dix’s primary concern was space, since libraries must “increase as the volume of world publishing increases.” Nearly five decades later, Firestone’s ongoing renovation is not geared toward expansion — off-site storage has relieved some of that pressure — but it has other space-related goals, such as refreshing study areas and carrels and adding compact shelving.

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