Malcolm A. Love Library

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Malcolm A. Love Library
Malcolm A. Love Library and Library Addition at night
Branches1 library
Size2.2 million (books);[1] 72,697 serials; 4.6 million microfilms 41,000 audio and video, 139,000 E-Books, 6 floors (2 below ground/4 above ground), 500,000-square-feet
Access and use
Other information
Budget$10.3 million annually
DirectorGale Etschmaier
Staff133 (18 librarians; 31 library assistants; 27 academic related; 44 student employees)
Aerial view of the Library dome

Malcolm A. Love Library (commonly referred to as Love Library), opened in 1971,[3] is the primary academic library building on the campus of San Diego State University (SDSU) in San Diego, California. Along with the Library Addition, it now houses the Library & Information Access.

The Library located in a central position on the SDSU campus, occupies more than 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2), seats more than 3,000 people, and circulates more than 488,000 books yearly (as of 2011). It has more than 2.2 million volumes, 4.6 million microform items, and 140,000 maps.[4]

Library Addition[edit]

The Library was expanded with the opening of the Library Addition in 1996, a two-story underground addition to the library, includes a state-of-the-art Media Center, 24/7 Study Area, and two electronic classrooms.[5]


National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature[edit]

In cooperation with SDSU's Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Library is the home to the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, which recently received a $1,000,000 gift donation by way of the Christopher D. and Karen Sickels Endowment for Special Collection in Children's Literature.[6]

Federal Depository Library[edit]

The Library has been a selective depository library since 1962, receiving most of the items distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office through its Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).[7]

State Depository Library[edit]

The Library is a complete depository library with the California State Depository Library Program.[8]

Map library[edit]

See Map Collection

The Library's Map Collection, consists of over 135,000 sheet maps and more than 1,000 atlases and gazetteers. The collection is worldwide in scope, with an emphasis on San Diego, California, the United States of America, and Baja California. The collection has general, worldwide topographical, nautical, and aeronautical coverage. Most of the collection dates from 1945 to the present.

Special Collections[edit]

See Special Collections and University Archives

The Library's Special Collections and University Archives houses rare, fine, unique, and valuable books, periodicals, manuscripts, and documents which require security and care in handling. Other valuable historical items such as photographs, prints, postcards, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and oral histories are also held in Special Collections.

  • Art collection
  • Center for Regional History



Dr. Malcolm A. Love, Ph.D., was the fourth (4th) President of San Diego State University (SDSU), serving from 1952 to 1971. Prior to his Presidency, Dr. Love was President of the University of Nevada for two (2) years.[3] During his nineteen (19) years as President of SDSU, he was able to transform the institution from a teacher's college into a university. In 1966, the Carnegie Corporation named Dr. Love one of the best college Presidents in the country.[3] With the extraordinary growth of students, faculty and facilities, there were plans for new library to be named in honor of Dr. Love. The Library was dedicated to Dr. Love in May 1971.[3]

See N.Y Times obituary for Dr. Malcolm A. Love, Ph.D.

Other Libraries at San Diego State University[edit]

Other unofficial libraries on the SDSU campus include:


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d Special Collections and University Archives: Malcolm A. Love Papers, 1937-1971
  4. ^ Library Facts (Oct. 21, 2011) Archived 2012-03-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ SDSU's Love Library Reaches for Excellence (updated Nov. 9, 2004)
  6. ^ SDSU Library Receives $1 Million Donation for Children’s Literature Collection: Christopher and Karen Sickels’ endowment will support SDSU’s National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008) Archived 2008-09-22 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Library Guide for United States Government Publications (accessed Oct. 21, 2011)
  8. ^ California State Document Depositories (accessed Oct. 21, 2011)

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Coordinates: 32°46′31″N 117°4′13″W / 32.77528°N 117.07028°W / 32.77528; -117.07028