The grand re-opening of our University Heights branch is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! Please enjoy these photos from January 22, 1952 and the first opening of this historic location.

Exterior view of building from Fenwick and Cedar Rd.

A view of Cedar Rd and the businesses across the street in 1952.

An unnamed library staff member loads and unloads the dumbwaiter (Thank you to Susan for the correction). Please comment below if you recognize this staff member, and we will add their name!

Mrs. Joseph McNamara (Head Librarian of the University Heights branch) and Mr. Dewitt (Board President) learning to utilize the Recordak system.

From left to right: Miss Nell Lynch (Library Director), and Mrs. Max Hellman and David T. Croxton of the building committee.

An interior of the building.

Another interior shot that shows the reference staff hard at work.

The basement meeting room.


3 comments on “Know Your Library #64: Historical Photos of the University Heights Branch

  1. These pictures are wonderful. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to see the “new” library. There is one correction I would suggest. In the third picture the unnamed staff person (sorry, I don’t know her) is loading/unloading books from a dumbwaiter (not a book drop) that connected to a work room in the basement.

  2. Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for the correction about the dumbwaiter. I will update the article for accuracy. Everyone in youth services at Lee misses you!

    Jessica Robinson

  3. Hey, I haven’t seen the photo that shows the stores across the street, they’re right up close to the street, not set back. 1952, must be an opening day photo op. And now we’re having a new opening celebration, Nov 12th!

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