Henry Madden Library

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Henry Madden Library
Main entrance to the Henry Madden Library
Established 1911
Branches 1 library; 4 facilities
Size 1.1 million (books);[1] 5 floors; 365,000-square-feet
Access and use
Circulation 382,148[2]
Other information
Budget $6.7 million annually
Director Peter McDonald[3]
Staff 95 FTE (23 librarians; 32 library assistants; 14 academic related; 29 student employees)
Website https://www.fresnostate.edu/library/
Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery

The Henry Madden Library is the name of an academic library in Fresno, California. It serves as the main resource for recorded knowledge and information supporting the teaching, research, and service functions of the California State University, Fresno.


The library was established in 1911[4] and named after Henry Madden in 1981.

In 2009, the library underwent a major $105 million renovation that was largely financed by a multi-million dollar endowment from the Table Mountain Rancheria, a Casino operated by the Chukchansi tribes of California.[5]

Michael Gorman, the former dean of the Library, was the President of the American Library Association in 2005-2006.


The building was designed by AC Martin and Partners and is based on elements derived from Native American basket weaving, as is evidenced in the facade and interior of the building.[6]


The library contains 1.13 million volumes[7] in 370,000 sq feet, placing it among the largest libraries in the California State University system. The library is home to the largest installation of compact shelving on any single floor in the United States. The shelves amount to over 20 miles in length.[8] It is currently the third largest library in the CSU system (in terms of square footage), and among the top ten largest in the CSU system based on the number of volumes. It also is the largest academic building on the Fresno State campus.[9]

The Library features a number of special collections such as:

The oldest book in the collection is a 1474 copy of Vita Christi (The life of Christ) by Ludolph of Saxony in two volumes, acquired in 1963.


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Coordinates: 36°48′43″N 119°44′58″W / 36.81194°N 119.74944°W / 36.81194; -119.74944