The Fairfield University DiMenna-Nyselius Library Celebrates the Acquisition of Its 500,000th Book

Submitted by Meg McCaffrey on April 19, 2010

pr_lib_bookmilestone10The Fairfield University DiMenna-Nyselius Library celebrated a significant achievement – the acquisition of its 500,000th book, a milestone that coincided with National Library Week.

Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. joined librarians, students, faculty and staff in the library to mark the occasion. He noted that the DiMenna-Nyselius Library is akin to the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola in that they comprise “the symbolic hearts of the University.”

Many people, including past and present librarians and faculty, contributed to the development of the library’s vast collection over the 60-year history of Fairfield University. While the library continues to purchase print books, it has recently adopted a new model and has added access to 150,000 electronic books. This new model reflects students’ desire for electronic access as well as a more cost effective approach to material selection by the library in these challenging financial times.

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