Milestones: Unversity of North Dakota: "UND’s Library Evolves With Students' Needs"
The Chester Fritz Library, dedicated Oct. 13, 1961, marks its 50th anniversary.
“We have the largest physical book collection in the state, and in the region, for that matter,” said Wilbur Stolt, library director since 2000.
The Chester Fritz’s shelves are home to roughly 1.4 million pieces of print material. “Christmas Eve in Omaha” by the late Minnesota novelist Jon Hassler, who received his master’s degree in English from UND, was designated the library’s one-millionth book in 1996.
Since the advent of online data, things have changed at the Chester Fritz.
“We adopted technology quite rapidly,” Stolt said.
The library moved to a digital card catalog in 1989. The library’s first digital collection was established in 2005 with the Stuart McDonald Cartoon Collection.
Academic digital collections are also being offered. The library owns more than 20,000 electronic books and it subscribes to approximately 28,000 electronic journals.
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