Metropolitan State University began in 1971 as the university without walls. For many years, there were neither dedicated classroom buildings nor a physical library. Later, as a campus formed on the East Side of Saint Paul, a small library was started in the New Main building. There, staff oversaw a tiny print collection and helped students use electronic resources and acquire computer skills at the same time.
In 2004, the library moved into the newly-built Library and Learning Center, a space planned as a partnership between Metropolitan State and Saint Paul Public Library. The combined public library and academic library also houses the Gordon Parks Gallery. For more information about the campus library, visit the library’s Wikipedia page.