The history of John A. Logan Library


Named for Rose-Hulman's 10th president, John A. Logan, (1962-1976), the Logan Library is located in the heart of campus north of Olin Hall and west of Moench and Crapo Halls. In addition to the library, it is home to the Learning Center and Army ROTC office and also houses the outstanding Tri Kappa Art Collection.

During Dr. Logan's tenure as president, dramatic changes took place at the institution.  He convinced the Board of Managers to increase the student body to 1,000 and to increase the number of faculty members. Campus grew with four new dormitories, married student apartments, three social fraternities, the Hulman Student Union, Crapo Hall, and a recreation center. Also constructed during this time was Rose-Hulman's first designated library facility.  Prior to its opening in 1974, the library occupied a portion of the main building.  Originally called the "Learning Resources Center," the new facility was named in Logan's honor upon opening.

The library underwent a complete renovation and redesign in the summer is 2010.  When students returned in September, they were welcomed back to an inviting facility with study spaces designed for today's students.  A Rose-Hulman education encourages collaborative group work, and Logan Library provides open spaces for group study, individual and group study rooms, and conference rooms.  In addition to study space, the library provides access to print scholarly resources such as books and journals as well as recreational reading.  Logan Library Online is open 24/7, providing access to databases, journals, and eBooks wherever you are.

The library also houses a café with evening hours for late-night study sessions and the Emerging Digital Technologies Office which provides specialized digitization hardware and software not found anywhere else on campus.