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In 1953, the Edmon Low Library, with its elegant Georgian style, opened and quickly became a focal point for campus pride. The Edmon Low Library has served as the heart of campus for 70 years.


Looking to the future

The Library continues to serve as the heart of teaching, learning and research at OSU, and our services and resources remain essential to the University’s mission. As we celebrate our 70th year, we continue to innovate new services, anticipate our patrons' needs and evolve our resources and spaces to meet the needs of a modern land-grant campus.

Giving opportunities at all levels can support the Library's mission to to expand the learning potential of students and citizens of our state and to enhance the teaching and research capabilities of our faculty.

History of the OSU Libraries

The Edmon Low Library has sat at the heart of campus since 1953, but OSU has had a library since the institution began. For several years the Library collection was housed in various homes and offices of the University faculty. It wasn’t until 1894 that the Library found its first official home in Old Central where it shared a single room with the English department.


Celebration Events

Employee Reunion

Past and present employees, add this event to your 2022 Homecoming plans.

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Lisa Wingate headlines 2022 Cobb Speaker Series

Nov. 4, 2022, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center

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Noon Concert Series

Monthly lunch hour concerts featuring OSU students

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Celebrating Books by OSU Authors

Recognizing faculty, staff and student authors

Meet the 2023 Honorees.
Manuscripts in the Classroom 2023

A traveling exhibition of nine medieval manuscripts visits the Library.

Library House Party 2023

This year's new student welcome event doubles as a birthday party for the Edmon Low.


70th Anniversary Milestones

70 Naming Opportunities

Join those who have created a legacy through named spaces.

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70 Historic Milestones

Explore our timeline for a glimpse at the Library's past.

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70 Open Resources

Open access, open educational resources, open data, open source...

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70+ Digital Collections

They're digital, and they're collections!

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70 Years as the Heart of Campus

Travel through time with 70 of our favorite photos from the Library's past.

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70 Award-winning Employees

The Library's 2023 awards ceremony recognized more than 70 outstanding employees.

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70 Book Recommendations

Our employees offer 70 recommendations for your next read.

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70 Pieces of Public Art

Beyond the galleries, there is more art spread throughout the libraries.

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Celebrating 70 Partners

Our partners include OSU departments and organizations, museums, foundations, agencies and other libraries.

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70 Popular Services

The Edmon Low Library has something for everyone. Here are 70 of our most popular offerings.

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VIDEO: 70 Library Voices

Friends, employees and researchers share their love of the Edmon Low Library.



Anniversary Announcements


Dec. 7, 2023

The final in a four-part special newsletter series, this issue features the celebration finale, internships and a timeline of library history.

PHOTOS: Coffee and Galleries

Oct. 27, 2023

Warm up before Walk Around with a hot drink and a stroll thorugh the galleries.

PHOTOS: 70s in a Sea of Orange

Oct. 26, 2023


PHOTOS: Enamel Pin Series

Oct. 24, 2023

The first commemorative enamel pin in the collectable series.

EVENT: Contemplating the Constitution

Sept. 20, 2023

When Constitution Day rolls around every year on Sept. 17, Oklahoma State University arranges an introspective event, “Contemplating the Constitution.”

NEWS: Heritage Arts Studio is now open

Sept. 3, 2023

OSU Library is keeping textile skills alive through its new Heritage Arts Creative Studio, which gives patrons of all experience levels access to and education on textile arts.

INFOGRAPHIC: OSU Carpentries marks eighth year leading data literacy

Aug. 30, 2023

OSU Libraries has reached its eighth year as a leader in promoting data literacy through its free Carpentries workshop series.


June 26, 2023

The third in a four-part special newsletter series, this issue features the textbook checkout, naming opportunities and story behind the bell tower.

NEWS: ‘Women in Architecture Collection’ launched

May 12, 2023

The John Rex Architecture Library recently launched the “Women in Architecture Collection,” which includes hundreds of books and resources by women and about women in architecture.

PODCAST: Newly Digitized - Naming Ceremony of the Edmon Low Library

April 13, 2023

In this episode you will hear from the man, the myth, the absolute legend(!), Edmon Low.

NEWS: Cronley discusses Angie Debo, Kate Barnard and ‘A Life on Fire’

March 30, 2023

Cronley's award-winning book “A Life on Fire: Oklahoma’s Kate Barnard,” chronicles the life of the state’s first female politician and social reformer.

PHOTO: Dick & Malinda Fischer Student Gathering & Study Space

March 15, 2023

Friends, donors, employees and students gather to celebrate the official opening of the Dick and Malinda Fischer Student Gathering and Study Space, located on the third floor.

PODCAST: Culture Keepers

Feb. 21, 2023

What does it mean to be a culture keeper and can we consider the Archives to be one?

NEWS: OSU celebrates 115 years in Federal Depository Library Program

Feb. 17, 2023

March 1 marks Oklahoma State University’s 115th anniversary in the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s Federal Depository Library Program.


Feb. 15, 2023

The second in a four-part special newsletter series, this issue features recent renovations, study rooms and a glimpse at OSU's past.

PODCAST: Episode 73: History of the OSU Library

Jan. 20, 2023

This episode of "Amplified Oklahoma," explore the various buildings that have housed the library over the years to the building and opening of the Edmon Low Library we know and love today.

NEWS: OSU Library receives $1.2M grant to process Senator’s papers

Jan. 11, 2023

The OSU Library was awarded over $1.2 million by the Senate Historical Office. This preservation partnership grant will fund the supplies, personnel and space needed to process, archive and make publicly available the papers of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe.

PODCAST: Collection 001

Nov. 22, 2022

Kicking off the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Edmon Low Library, let's explore the first collection the Archives received.

PHOTO: A year of 70s

Nov. 2, 2022


PODCAST: The Cobb Speaker Series

Nov. 1, 2022

With headlining authors like Ken Burns, Nicholas Sparks, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Jodi Picoult, the H. Louise & H.E. "Ed" Cobb Speaker Series has a 30 year history of being a premiere event for the OSU Libraries.

NEWSLETTER: Issue 1, Oct. 15, 2022

Oct. 15, 2022

The first in a four-part special newsletter series, this issue features the official kick off event, "An Evening with Lisa Wingate," Library scholarships, 70 digital collections and the construction of the Edmon Low Library.

PODCAST: Episode 69: President Henry G. Bennett

Sept. 22, 2022

In this episode. we’re talking all about Henry Bennett, from his personal life to how he helped make OSU what it is today.

NEWS: Tickets on sale for Lisa Wingate

Sept. 6, 2022

According to Booklist, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.” The noted author and OSU alumna will share her own story with guests of the H. Louise & H.E. “Ed” Cobb Speaker Series on Nov. 4.

NEWSLETTER: Employee Special Issue

Aug. 16, 2022

A celebration preview for past and present employees, this issue features the reunion, popular services and the official kick off event, "An Evening with Lisa Wingate."

VIDEO: Tech and innovation at the OSU Libraries

July 26, 2022

Visions of card catalogs, books lining shelves, and newspapers carefully placed on softly lit tables may come to mind when you think about libraries. While paper materials ruled the early days, today libraries are hubs of technology.

VIDEO: Who was Edmon Low

June 15, 2022

You know the building. Now, meet the man!

VIDEO: Library rules and regulations through the years

June 7, 2022

Some rules and regulations were exactly what you'd expect: Operational hours, overdue book fines and a lot of shushing. Other Library rules may have been a bit out there by today’s standards.

NEWS: Subramaniam Study Room unveiled

April 11, 2022

Library friends gathered on March 8 to unveil the latest named study room in the Edmon Low. The gift to endow the room was made by Baloo Subramaniam as a surprise honoring his wife.

VIDEO: Carson Family Garden Dedication

March 25, 2022

The north entrance to the Edmon Low Library boasts a new, beautiful native garden with nature inspired landscape design and a calming water feature thanks to the generosity of the Tom and Edna Carson Family.

360 VIDEO: The Bell Tower: An inside look

Jan. 28, 2022

Virtually climb inside the Edmon Low Library bell tower in this 360 experience.

VIDEO: Edmon Low Libary, 1953

Dec. 10, 2021

Henry Bennett's 25 year plan outlined a grand library in the center of campus.

VIDEO: The Library Building, 1921

Dec. 8, 2021

The Library Building was completed in 1921 and served as the home to the main collection for 32 years.

VIDEO: Williams Hall, 1900

Dec. 6, 2021

The "Castle on the Prarie" provided 1,610 square feet of library space.

VIDEO: The first library, 1894

Dec. 3, 2021

The library's first home on campus was a single room in Old Central.

VIDEO: The unofficial first libraries, 1892

Dec. 2, 2021

There has been a library since the university's inception, but it looked different at first.

VIDEO: The libraries of #okstate

Dec. 1, 2021

A brief look at #okstate libraries through the years.

PODCAST: Recording OSU history

Oct. 1, 2021

Libby Whitlow, Digital Storytelling Intern, chats with David Peters, Head of the Archives, about how history was recorded at OSU and challenges in archiving materials from the past.

VIDEO: Library book chutes

Sept. 14, 2021

Today, books chutes are a staple at most libraries, but the first one on campus was installed in 1926.

PODCAST: The infamous Elsie Hand

Sept. 1, 2021

Elsie Denton Hand’s departure from OAMC was marked with confusion and controversy. How did her OAMC career come to such a contentious end and what really happened to the infamous Elsie Hand?


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