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Gordon B. Olson Library Groundbreaking

GBO Library Groundbreaking

The Gordon B. Olson Library Groundbreaking


September 10, 1990 was groundbreaking day for the Gordon B. Olson Library. The Red and Green said that it would be the most distinctive building on campus. Library director Larry Greenwood stated, “It’s going to be a magnificent building, and we are very excited to see the construction get underway.” The new library would seat a quarter of the current student body at one time, and offer two computer labs, private study rooms, and a lounge.  The structure had the potential to store 500,000 volumes, which was double that of the former Memorial Library. The building costs amounted to more than $7 million, with almost $2 million raised through a school activity fee increase. Approximately $350,000 was raised through a single cent increase in sales tax in the Minot community. The remaining funds were to be covered by State bond sales.  Former mayor, George Christensen said, “I have seen a lot of changes and progress, but this would be considered one of the greatest for Minot. I am really pleased that the City Council passed its portion of it. So it is really a community effort."

Greenwood at Gordon B. Olson Library Construction

Larry Greenwood, library director, who started his service at MSU in 1985



It took two years to complete construction on the library.  Former MSU facilities manager Jared Edwards commented in the Red & Green, “The construction is being done from the top down with everybody working at the same time, one step ahead of each other. Workers may be installing suspended ceiling on the third floor at the same time workers are installing the second floor portions of the heating system."