Date of Award
Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
Library and Information Science
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library is the largest library building west of the Mississippi River, and uses a rare joint library structure, merging the main San Jose Public Library and the library of San Jose State University. Both the decision to construct a new library, and the decision to merge two institutions, caused enormous controversy during the development and construction of the building from 1997 to 2003.
This thesis examines the nature of joint libraries, and why the city of San Jose and San Jose State University decided to pursue the joint library option. An unusual combination of geographic, economic, and political reasons persuaded both city and university authorities that the joint library option was the most appropriate model for the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library.
Eanes, Joel, "The San Jose Joint Library: The Development of a Joint City/University Library" (2010). Master's Theses. Paper 3807.