Henry Madden Library

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Henry Madden Library
Henry Madden Library (logo).jpg
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Main entrance to the Henry Madden Library
Branches1 library; 4 facilities
Size1.1 million (books);[1] 5 floors; 365,000-square-feet
Access and use
Other information
Budget$6.7 million annually
DirectorDelritta Hornbuckle[3]
Staff95 FTE (23 librarians; 32 library assistants; 14 academic related; 29 student employees)
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 multimillion-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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  2. ^ "CSU Annual Library Statistics 2009-2010" (PDF). Calstste.edu. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Library Services Chart" (PDF). library.fresnostate.edu. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ "A Brief History of The Madden Library". California State University, Fresno. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Central California library receives $10 million gift from tribe". Fresno State News. December 14, 2006. Archived from the original on May 22, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ "ArchNewsNow". ArchNewsNow. 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121227035611/http://www.fresnostate.edu/home/stories/we_illuminate.htm. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081007115447/http://www.csufresno.edu/facilitiesmanagement/projects/library/index.shtml. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070821100837/http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek07/0126/0126d_pw.cfm. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Overview & Access - Government Information Collections - Research Guides at California State University Fresno". Libguides.csufresno.edu. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2013-09-28.

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