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How it All Began

Old photo of student in the stacks graphic.From Learning Resource Center to Great Basin College Library

Created from humble beginnings, the Great Basin College Library has certainly evolved throughout the years, growing from a small resource center, to a much larger facility with over 65,000 physical items, and thousands of digital serials.

All quotes and articles accessed frm the Elko Daily Newspapers are located in the McMullen Hall GBC Archives.

Fleischmann Gift for Library Boost - November 1969Fleischmann Gift news article graphic.

If it were not for the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation, the GBC library may not be where it is today.

In November 1969, the foundation donated $100,000 to what was then the Northern Nevada Community College Learning Resource Center. This donation was to provide the center a way to acquire new reading materials for the students who access the library, and to assist the college in surpassing the hurdle of becoming a fully accredited learning institution.

The then chancellor, Neil D. Humphrey, was quoted by the Elko Daily Free Press stating, “The lack of library books has been the biggest obstacle in the college’s efforts to seek eventual accreditation by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools”.

LRC Selection newspaper article graphic.A Place for Students and the Local Community

After receiving the sizeable donation, the LRC grew its collection to 22,000 books, and several thousand media sets, in the hopes that they could reach the student population, as well as the local community. Special collections, such as the Basque collection, were developed as a special future of the rapidly growing center.

Library free events news article graphic.Along with a newly increased selection of books, the LRC also began hosting special events and displays as another way to increase the flow of patrons throughout the facility. News articles from the Elko Daily Free Press noted certain free events such as summer puppet shows and decorative plate displays.

At the time, the local LRC was not the only library resource available to students. The Battle Mountain Branch Library began working with the community college to assist with the newly developed Inter library Loan program. With this program, students could request to receive a book loan from the Battle Mountain Branch Library in order to have access to materials not Battle Mountain Librarian graphic.contained within the LRC facility. Loans could also be sent and received to and from other local Nevada Colleges. This program would eventually transition to a much bigger program within the next 50 years.

A New Age- The Modern Day GBC Library

Today, the library comprises over 65,000 books and DVDs, and thousands of digital E-books; however, the facility has much more to offer. Both students and local community members are welcome to come to the library to read, study, watch movies, lounge, access the internet and computers, research, and interact with their fellow peers.

The GBC Library is all about inclusion and comfortability, and it is our mission to provide a facility where anyone can come in and feel welcome and comfortable. With the GBC library, everyone has access to the ever growing world around us!

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Great Basin College Library
McMullen Hall
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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