Ursuline College's Ralph M. Besse Library

The Ralph M. Besse Library was named for a benefactor of Ursuline College. Ralph Moore Besse was a trustee and friend of Ursuline College. In 1963 he became involved in the fundraising drive to help build a new campus. In 1968, Mr. Besse joined the Board of Trustees as a charter member. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Besse contributed greatly to higher education. In addition to his service to Ursuline College, he was also a trustee at Heidelberg College and Case Western Reserve University. The Ralph M. Besse Library was opened in Fall of 1985 to honor his legacy.

OhioLINK talked to the library director about the Ralph M. Besse Library.

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

  1. Firstly, we are proud of our personalized service. We think it is important to have staff who are happy to help out and willing to take that extra step to make an impact in our library.
  2. We also provide lots of computers and great spaces to work and study. We make sure that we find places for students and faculty to get their work done.
  3. Lastly, we have 24/7 easy access to online research resources so that people can work whenever best fits into their schedule.

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

The computers located on the main floor - it's a great spot to buzz in, jump online, print, and connect with people before and after class!

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

We have been members of OhioLINK since 1997.

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