UMD Library bears former Chancellor Martin's name

By KBJR News 1

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The UMD library bears a new name in honor of the university's first female chancellor.

Dozens of lawmakers along with university community members past and present attended the unveiling and dedication of the Kathryn A. Martin library, Monday.

Martin served as Chancellor from 1995 to 2010 and under her leadership, the campus underwent a construction boom between 1998 and 2010.

That boom produced ten buildings including the $28 M state of the art library which opened in 2000.

Martin says she is honored to have a building with her name and a place that reflects her passion.

"I'm very fortunate to have come from a family with readers, people that read, I'm always taking note of new books I should be reading,” Martin said. “But the biggest difference today, then when I retired as chancellor, is I retain some of what I read. Every time I sit down to read I don't have to go back 20 pages to read up to where I've stopped."

When it was built 13 years ago, the UMD library was the most technologically-advanced library in the state of Minnesota.

A new learning commons area open in the library this year, provides students with additional services.