On January 20th, 1989 the university community celebrated the grand opening of the new library located near the heart of the campus, between Seal Kap House and Mattson Centre, on what was originally the site of Faculty House. Trinity Western University’s [original] library was built in 1965, when enrolment was only 105. It was expanded in 1971, and again in 1984, but enrolment has now grown to more than 11 times what it was when Chicago [Moline?] businessman Vernon Strombeck donated the existing facility… The new library building will provide three important benefits: space to expand library holdings; student work and study areas; and better climate control to protect collections…
Library Completion Project brochure, ca 1987. [TWU Archives: F 4 B 15 File 28]
See also 2000 - Bell Tower
Architect Arthur Allen designed the new library, which was built by Mierau Construction.
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Library Director David Twiest and faculty member Harold Harder wield a spade at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new library on Monday, March 14, 1988.
Completed BuildingThe newly completed library, seen from Glover Road, 1988.
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To the Glory of GodOrder of service for the dedication and grand opening ceremony, January 20, 1989.
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Norma Marion Alloway
On November 9, 1994, the library was re-dedicated, and named in honour of Norma Marion Alloway, a Christian woman who communicated her love for the Lord Jesus Christ through her writings, her speaking, and through the example of her life. Ronald Miller Photography Ltd., undated. See also: A biographical sketch of Norma Marion Alloway, 1994 http://www.twu.ca/library/norma.htm
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