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Kiehle Library (1952-1971)

Designed by architects Louis Pinault and Virgil Siddens and built by the George Madsen Construction Company, the David L. Kiehle Library opened in the fall of 1952 as the first campus building constructed as a library. Covering more than 55,000 square feet with a 135,000 book capacity, the library cost $775,000 to construct. Kiehle, named in honor of St. Cloud State's second president, was designed to accommodate a population of 2,000 students. In 1952, more than 73,346 books were moved into the library when it first opened. Kiehle remained the library until 1971 when Centennial Hall opened and the campus student population numbered 10,000. In 1974, the building was renamed the Kiehle Visual Arts Center to house the Department of Art. 

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Kiehle (1952), exterior, St. Cloud State University

Kiehle (1952), exterior, St. Cloud State University

Female students study at Kiehle (1952)

Female students study at Kiehle (1952)

Kiehle (1952), exterior, St. Cloud State University

Kiehle (1952), exterior, St. Cloud State University

Listening Room, Kiehle (1952), exterior, St. Cloud State University

Listening Room, Kiehle (1952), exterior, St. Cloud State University


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Kiehle Library (1952-1971)

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James W. Miller Learning Resources Center (2000-present)