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Penn State York in the 1960s

Anticipating an increase in college students due to the arrival of the New Library Completed
"baby boom" generation, the Penn State York Advisory Board conducted a local fund-raising drive to add a classroom wing. In 1966 the new facilities were opened and a limited bachelor's degree program was offered in engineering and science. By 1968 the first two years of almost all of the University’s baccalaureate majors were available.



Ed Elias and Vonnie Grimes planning the new library
Construction took a giant step forward when the General State Authority and the federal government provided funds to build a much-needed library, science wing and gymnasium. Ground breaking occurred in early 1969 and the buildings were dedicated and in use by the fall of 1970.