This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Hunter Library fire that started Sunday morning, February 26, 1989. The fire originated in the Media Center, which housed the library’s audiovisual equipment as well as the film, video, and compact disc collections. This area is now the HL 186 library classroom and virtual reality room near Java City. The library building closed for two months while clean up took place. Restoration costs were estimated to be more than $1 million dollars.
The Media Center, Writing Center, and Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence were temporarily relocated to other campus sites until building reconstruction was completed. Makeshift services desks for circulation, reference, reserves, and interlibrary loan were moved to the ground floor. No overdue fines were charged for books borrowed before the fire.
Hunter Library reopened on Monday, April 24, 1989, just in time for final exams.