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History of the library

The Wilmot Legacy

The Wilmot Legacy

Longtime benefactors of the library, James and Lorette Wilmot's paintings hang proudly in the main lobby.

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The Great Move

When the library moved from Smyth into the current building the collection of approximately 40,000 volumes was transferred via a human chain of faculty, staff and students.

The Facility

The library began in the basement of Smyth and when it became apparent the collection would continue to grow the current library building was commissioned.  The building was designed in the collegiate gothic style by architects Waasdorp and Northrup and built by A. W. Hopeman and Sons.  The library was officially dedicated on November 3, 1957.  When the original collection was moved, a human chain of faculty, staff and students transferred approximately 40,000 volumes.

The Dedication of the Lorette Wilmot Library

On April 25, 1978, the library was dedicated and named after Lorette Wilmot (1927-1976).  Long time friend and benefactor of Nazareth College, she was a devoted wife of former college trustee James P. Wilmot and loving mother to their four children.  She was described by her only daughter Judy Wilmot Linehan '76 as having "the quiet calm of a library with all its knowledge."  A warm and gracious person, she was an avid reader whose wide-ranging interest in literature enriched her life and those whose lives she touched.

Lorette Wilmot

At the dedication, her daughter said, "I wish that the people here today could have known Mom, who was such a giving person.  But since that cannot be, perhaps knowing her through this library will be the next best thing. 

The painting above is of Lorette Wilmot and to the right is James P. Wilmot. Both were painted by local artist John Menihan.


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