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In 2010, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Alumni Library. Alumni Library was dedicated on commencement day, June 16, 1910. Alumni Library remained Miami's main library until King Library was completed in 1972. The building was renovated in the early 1990s; today, it is the home of Miami's Department of Architecture and the Wertz Art & Architecture Library.

One of the most recognizable features of Miami University's Oxford campus is its Carnegie library. Like other 19th century university libraries, Miami University's library collection was modest during its first 100 years. Since students recited passages memorized from textbooks in order to complement information gleaned from faculty lectures, books were mostly provided for supplementary reading. However, by the turn of the 20th century, changing teaching methods challenged students to demonstrate critical thinking and research skills. Needs for upgraded facilities, increased book budgets, and improved service to patrons prompted many college and university libraries to appeal to noted benefactor Andrew Carnegie for assistance. Miami University was one such institution that benefited from Carnegie's generosity.

 
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