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Special Collections

The Move to North Campus


Dedication | Rare Book Collection | Construction | Move to North Campus | Empty Lockwood | Dedication Ceremony | Final remarks


The present Lockwood Memorial Library was completed in 1978. The move of the collection, card catalogs, and other equipment began on May 15 and was completed ten days prior to the projected completion date of June 12. Library staff and commercial movers worked together to move 100,000 volumes a day from the original Lockwood and three other locations, a feat Lockwood Library Director Madeleine Stern described as "extraordinary." The plans for the move were outlined in "Lockwood: A Movable Feast, an Outline of the Plan for Moving Lockwood Memorial Library to the Amherst Campus." The Lockwood Moving Committee was chaired by Mary Ellen Heim with committee members Ed Herman, Gayle Hardy, and Busnagi Rajannan.


Packing up the UHauls outside of the old Lockwood Library



the front page and contents of the 1978 "Lockwood: A Movable Feast"