Chancellor Martin said, "A library is the heart and soul of a college, and this beautiful and well-equipped library will lead our students into the future of learning-each in his/her own discipline. We are very proud today to introduce this marvelous facility and to honor our Northeastern Minnesota legislators whose support made this day possible."
Containing 167,570 gross square feet stretching over four floors, the library features the very latest technology designed to rival the most up-to-date libraries in the country. Its wealth of high-tech digital resources include over 555,000 volumes with access to 4,700 journals (in both paper and electronic forms). Books and printed works are contained on 13.23 miles of shelving. There are two full-access computer laboratories, as well as three electronic classrooms (one with interactive television), and 15 group study areas with network connections. The complex also features 251 computers, 10 printers, and 43 laptop connections, with plans to phase in more equipment each year. Individual seating for 1,361 library patrons is provided at reading tables, study carrels, lounge seats, and in library classrooms.
Light maple woodwork, black terrazzo floors, brass accents and curving lines comprise the library's relaxed and spacious interior. A glass work titled "Clear and Silver Chandelier", created by world-famous artist, Dale Chihuly, hangs in the entryway. The exterior of the building is red brick with a copper-topped rotunda. Stanius Johnson Architects was the designer, and Oscar J. Boldt Construction Co. was the builder.