Marietta College's Legacy Library

Marietta College unveiled its new Legacy Library in 2009. This four-story, 53,000 square-foot building houses all the information that the students here could ask for and more. There are plenty of unique exhibits, study nooks, paintings and more for visitors to feel comfortable and inspired to dive into the various activities that this library offers.

OhioLINK recently spoke with the Legacy Library’s director to learn more about this space and its services:

What are your top three points of pride in your library?

  1. The Legacy Library building:  We moved in in January 2009 and it has become the centerpiece of the campus.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost ten years since then.
  2. The Library staff:  Every individual on the staff is capable, professional, and puts service to our patrons first
  3. Our Special Collections: The Legacy Library's Special Collections contain many materials dating back to the founding of Marietta in the 1780s and the early settlement of Ohio and the Northwest Territory. Numerous other manuscript and photograph collections relate to the history of Marietta and southeast Ohio through the 19th and 20th centuries. Recently we have been providing research assistance to nationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David McCullough, whose upcoming book, The Pioneers, is scheduled for release by Simon and Schuster in April-May 2019. Researched primarily in the Legacy Library's Special Collections, the book will chronicle the lives of the early settlers of Marietta, the "first permanent settlement in the territory northwest of Ohio."

What is the most popular spot in your library for patrons?

The most used areas of the Legacy Library are the information commons on the main floor and the group study rooms on the second floor.  A recent renovation created several individual study nooks which have rapidly become some of our best-used study options.

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

We became members of OhioLINK around 1999.

To learn more about Marietta College's Legacy Library: