YSU’s Maag Library turns 40; ranks as second largest in state

YSU's Maag Library, pictured here under construction, marks its 40th year this week.

YSU’s Maag Library, pictured here under construction, marks its 40th year this week.

Youngstown State University’s Maag Library, the second largest institutional repository in the state of Ohio, celebrates its 40th year at an event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the library lobby on campus.

The celebration will include birthday cake, memorabilia chronicling the library’s history, and a chance to win prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The library traces its beginning to the University Library in 1908 at the YMCA Law School in Youngstown, relocating to Jones Hall in 1931, Tod Hall in 1953, and finally to the new, six-floor 150,000-square-foot facility in 1976.

The building, designed by C. Robert Buchanan and Associates and George Tanner Smith and Associates, took nearly three years to complete at a cost of $6.64 million. The library, which stands on land that was once part of the estate of Henry and Mary Arms Wick, was named William F. Maag, Jr. Library for the late editor and publisher of The Vindicator.

libraryOther Maag Library facts:

*82,000 linear feet of book shelves
*5 million volumes of microfiche and film combined
*793,450 print books
*97,681 print periodicals
*2,300 DVD/videos
*19,068 sound recordings.
*Congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents since 1971
*Electronic access to 100,000 streaming music tracks, 8,000 streaming videos, 46,000 e-books, 52,000 electronic journals and 208 databases.
*Nearly 40,000 bit streams on Digital.Maag.
*In 2015, the library handled 88,000 circulation transactions.
*The library also recorded nearly 250,000 searches during 2015-16, with nearly 22 million records displayed to users.