Not Sinking Since 1969: Wells Library is 50

Wells History Slideshow

Image of the Wells Library under construction in 1967
Wells Library Construction, 1967

The Herman B Wells Library sits on 94 feet of limestone bedrock.

Image of Wells Library in the fall of 1993
Wells Library, 1993

To honor a beloved figure, IU's Main Library was renamed Herman B Wells Library in 2005.

A black and white image from 1970 shows elementary students viewing an exhibit at Wells Library
Wells Library Moon Rock Exhibit, 1970

Last year 2,354,090 visits were recorded at the Wells Library.

Exterior Photo of Wells Library in 1968 shows the old stadium seating
Wells Library construction, 1968

It took nearly two decades for IU's Main Library to move from an idea to completion. 

A black and white photo of the exterior of Franklin Hall in 1968.
Library (now known as Franklin Hall) in 1968

In 1969 the new Main Library transferred materials from its previous location, now known as Franklin Hall.