New Library at Little Big HornMay 15th, 1989 | By tcj | Category: 1-1: From the Past, the Future, Tribal College News
Little Big Horn College has gained attention—including a favorable article in Life magazine—for teaching classes in some unusual buildings. An unused sewer treatment plant and an old tribal gym are part of its small campus in eastern Montana.
Despite limited resources, however, enrollment has jumped from 90 ISC (Indian Student Count) last year to 170 during the 1989 spring semester, according to President Janine Windy Boy.
To accommodate this growth, the Little Big Horn has turned an old basketball court in the center of the administration building into the college’s new library. Once housed in a small and isolated building off campus, its collection of 7,000 volumes is now more accessible and has space to grow.
“More people use the library in one day than it was once used in a week,” Windy Boy said.
Construction was completed by the students. Funding came from tuition fees.
In addition, two small classrooms were also built from the space and a National Science Foundation grant is helping to expand the science program’s facilities.