Construction on a facility that took Marshall into the 21st Century, the John Deaver Drinko Library, began soon after Northcott – the second-oldest building on campus – was demolished in the summer of 1995.
The Drinko Library, the university’s second full-size library and information center, opened in 1998. It melds a full range of traditional library services with state-of-the-art computer and advanced technological education facilities that include multimedia training and presentation rooms, workstations, distance education and computer carrels.
The west end of the $29 million resource center resembles Northcott with its historic entrance arc. The east end of the building is more modern looking with a five-story atrium.
The Drinko Library has a 24-hour reading room/computer lab with computer consultation stations and assistive technology. The collection includes books, bound periodicals, and a wide variety of media and Internet accessible electronic materials.
The library also has study rooms, conference collaboration rooms, and an auditorium, and also houses offices of Information Technology, University Libraries, Instructional Technology, University Computing Services, and Telecommunications.
The library, located on the western side of campus beside Old Main, is named for John Deaver Drinko, a Marshall graduate, philanthropist and strong supporter of higher education.