Heterick Memorial Library
The Heterick Memorial Library was named in honor of Robert Hynton and Frances Felker Heterick in recognition of their generous support of the library.
In 1953 or 1954 the Heterick’s contributed $500,000 to support the University library, and in 1954 the library was named in their honor. At that time, the library was located in Presser Hall, and in July 1958, Robert Heterick’s ashes were temporarily interred in front of Presser Hall. Mrs. Heterick’s remains joined his in 1964. Their ashes were later transferred to a niche in the northwest corner of the present Heterick Memorial Library.
By the time of Mrs. Heterick’s death, the growth of the university had made the construction of a permanent library a pressing matter. Bids for the project were let in July 1966 with the ground breaking being held on August 27. The architect was Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc. and the general contractor was Lima Construction. By February 1968 students were able to help carry the collection from Presser to Heterick. The building was formally dedicated in October of that year.
The library was designed with the future in mind. With a total area of over 53,000 square feet and seating for approximately 625 students. During construction provisions were made for the addition of two more floors as needed, but for three decades the library’s basic design proved adequate.
By 1997, however, it was obvious that more space was needed for student seating, computer facilities and a growing collection. Expansion planning began that year with the decision to add a third floor and renovate the existing building.
The architect was Steve Miller of Miller Group of
Groundbreaking for the expansion and renovation took place on
In recent years, the Heterick Memorial Library has employed computer technology to better serve the university community. As one of the original OCLC libraries, Heterick began receiving computer-generated catalog cards in 1971. In 1985 the library received its first CD-ROM periodical index, and by 1992 several had been added to the emerging campus network.
In Fall 1995 Heterick and Taggart Law Library joined OhioLINK, a resource sharing consortium of
In 2016, the library's first floor underwent a complete renovation and was re-designated the Mifsud Collaborative Learning Center.
Robert Hynton Heterick was born 7 Jan. 1883 in
He attended the
Frances Susan Felker was born in