The Library at the City Park campus will soon have its own building. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday December 12th at 2pm. The new Library will be called the Marvin E. Thames Sr. Learning Resource Center. Marvin E. Thames Sr. was the first president of Delgado Community College.
The new building will be built on the site where the original Delgado Moss Memorial library stood. The Moss Memorial Library had its groundbreaking ceremony 50 years ago in 1963. The Library was named after Ellenora Moss a close friend of the college’s namesake Isaac Delgado. Ms Moss provided a $150,000 dollar donation in her will so that Delgado could build its first library. Due to Ms. Moss’ generosity and funding from other sources the Moss Memorial Library was completed in 1965. Unfortunately the Moss Memorial Library was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.
Since the original library building was destroyed the library has set up shop in building 10. About 22,000 print volumes are housed in building 10. Currently the rest of the 150,000 print volumes are housed in storage at an off-campus site.
The new Learning Resource center will be a welcomed and much needed addition to the City park campus.