100 years of Walter Library

Walter Library is turning 100 years old! We are celebrating Walter and all campus libraries. Learn more about the history of the building of “the new library” in 1924. Join us as we celebrate the past, present and future of the Libraries.

A celebration of University Libraries

The Libraries is planning a series of events and celebrations for 2023 and 2024 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Walter Library and to raise awareness of the critical importance of libraries to the University of Minnesota. Join us at an upcoming event!

A photo showing the interior construction of Walter Library


Explore the history of Walter Library including planning and early construction in 1921 to the opening in 1924 to the major renovation in 2002.

Libraries staff gather in the Great Hall of Walter Library to celebrate its 100 years. They're posed together wearing matching maroon t-shirts for the event.


Explore upcoming events and past celebrations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Walter Library.

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