Library History

The San José State University Library has a long and interesting history. 

The University Library in the Days of the Normal School, 1862–1923

  • The Move to San José
  • Librarian Ruth Royce and the Three Normal School Buildings
  • Librarian Helen Evans

The Journey of Wahlquist and Clark, 1923–1982

  • Becoming a State College
  • Expanding to Library North
  • Becoming a University
  • Clark and Wahlquist

The SJSU Library Moves Into the Digital Age, 1980–today

  • Digital Developments
  • Construction Begins on the new King Library

Historical Photos