We are thrilled to announce a momentous occasion – the 50th anniversary of the Founders Memorial Library at Northern Illinois University (NIU)! For half a century, this iconic building has stood as a symbol of knowledge, discovery, and community on our campus. It has been a place of learning, exploration, and inspiration for generations of Huskies. With the ground breaking taking place in 1973 and the opening of the Founders Memorial Library in 1977, we feel it is important to recognize the half century of the Founders Memorial Library enriching and serving the Northern Illinois University students and faculty. We are inviting all alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and friends of NIU to join us in celebrating the rich history and enduring legacy of our beloved Founders Memorial Library.

Share Your Library Memories

As part of our celebration, we invite you to share your personal memories, stories, anecdotes, and experiences related to the Founders Memorial Library. Whether you spent long hours studying in its quiet corners, made lifelong friends in its halls, or had a memorable encounter with a favorite book, we want to hear your tales. Please consider sharing:

Your stories will not only help us celebrate the library's rich history but also inspire future generations of Huskies who will call Founders Memorial Library their academic home.

How to Share Your Stories

Online Submission: Use our easy-to-fill form to submit your stories, memories and photos.

Social Media: Share your stories on social media using  hashtag #FiftyYearsOfFondMemories and @NIULibraries. Don't forget to follow us for updates and highlights.