Zumberge Hall was originally the The James H. Zumberge Library. It was named for Grand Valley State University's first president, James H. Zumberge. Zumberge Library was in use from its opening in 1969 until the summer of 2013 when the contents of the building were moved to the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. The former Zumberge Library was renamed Zumberge Hall at that time.
Plans are currently underway to make Zumberge Hall into an administration building to house administrative functions from across campus: officers of the university, human resources, accounting, budget, institutional marketing, news and information services, disability support resources, and the Pew Faculty and Learning Center. An addition to the south end of the original structure is in progress and the building will open in 2014.
James H. Zumberge Ph.D.
Dr. Zumberge served as president of Grand Valley State Colleges from 1963-1969. After leaving Grand Valley, Dr. Zumberge went on to serve as president of Southern Methodist University and became the ninth president of the University of California. A geology professor, James Zumberge also was reknowned for leading expeditions in Antarctica. Cape Zumberge and the Zumberge Coast in Antarctica were named for him. He passed away April 15, 1992.
Construction on the library building began in 1967 and was completed in 1969. The library building received several awards for its architectural design. The library housed over 777,000 volumes, 523,000 electronic journals and books, and scores of other materials. The library housed numerous computers, laptops to check out and included a computer lab. Students, faculty, and staff accessed e-books online and searched within over 250 databases, many with full-text journal articles.
Included in the building were curriculum materials and an extensive juvenile collection. Many resources were online and linked through the libraries catalog. Zumberge Library is the main library in a multi-location library system at the university.
The building had five levels, the top four were used by the library and the lower level housed the university's executive officers- the president, provost, and vice presidents.
For more information regarding the University Libraries visit the University Libraries website www.gvsu.edu/library or the University Libraries archives http://gvsu.edu/library/special collections.
Page last modified September 3, 2013