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Haselwood Library History
Roof Collapse of Learning Resource Center
The roof of the library collapsed in December 1996. There is an online Roof Collapse Photograph Collection showing the damage. The process of recovering contents, condemning the portion of the collapsed building, working with architects and letting the bid out (twice) for the rebuilding took three and a half years. Because the eastern two-thirds of the building was utterly destroyed, the library for those years continued to function in the western remaining third of the building, in cramped, rearranged quarters, using the surviving circulating collection, one percent of the reference collection, and a few still-functioning computers. The balance of the library’s holdings, equipment, and surviving collection were housed, along with media services, in mobile homes, a Bremer Trust house, and stuffed into odd corners across campus. The new building, therefore, had to be completed in stages. Stage one was to rebuild the eastern portion, turning it into a three story library and a Student Entry and Advising Center (or SEAC) (became the Teaching and Learning Center in Fall 2010 after SEAC services moved to the new HSS building). That portion of the building was opened on March 10, 2000. The old eastern third of the building was then gutted and rebuilt into the media center that opened August 8, 2000.
Building the Haselwood Library
The new Haselwood Library was built after a major district-wide fundraising effort, and the Olympic College Haselwood Library opened on March 10, 2000 at a cost of $7.9 million. As the first new building in the college's revised Master Plan, the new structure offers over $1.5 million in new books, periodicals, media, and equipment that replace contents which were lost when the roof of the previous building collapsed in a major snowstorm.
The Haselwood Library building's 40,199 square feet are devoted to three distinct points of service: Library, Distance Learning, and The Center for Teaching and Learning. The three-story building has views of Mt. Rainier, Port Washington Narrows and the Olympic Mountains. Schreiber & Lane, Architects, used natural light extensively in their “Northwest Lodge” design.
The library is named in honor of Bremerton residents and benefactors, Joanne and Chuck Haselwood. The Haselwoods generously supplied the lead gift of $250,000 toward the Olympic College Library Campaign, one of the largest single donations in Kitsap County fund-raising history. "Chuck and Joanne Haselwood have played a significant role in the success of Olympic College over the years, " said Cary Bozeman, Executive Director of the Olympic College Foundation. "We are eternally grateful for their generosity."
The Haselwoods are known for their community involvement, also supporting the Admiral Theatre, YMCA, Our Lady of the Sea School, Special Olympics, and numerous other projects including parks and recreation and various youth organizations. "Four of our children went to Olympic College, and we have lots of grandkids who may go there," Joanne said. "There's not much sense in having a college if you can't have a library to go along with it". Our part of the world would not be the same without the Haselwoods.
(Sources: Olympic College Hall of Fame & Benefactors' Award Dinner Program, 1998; "$250,000 given for new library" by Elena Castaneda The Sun. June 25, 1997. email dated 03/12/2012 from Ruth Saucier, Dean of Library Media, Olympic College.)
April 12, 2007 update: Joanne Haselwood presents $1,000,000 to the OC Foundation on behalf of her deceased husband, Charles (Chuck) Haselwood to enhance the Haselwood Library Endowment Fund.
The students of Olympic College have benefited for years from the generosity of Chuck and Joanne Haselwood. The Haselwoods were the lead supporters in a campaign to rebuild the Library after its collapse in a 1996 snowstorm. Every year since, Chuck and Joanne have given substantial funds into an Endowment designed to keep the facility technologically current. This ultimate gift of the Charles Haselwood estate is the capstone to a career dedicated to making our corner of the world a better place to live.
On behalf of the students of Olympic College, the staff and faculty of the Haselwood Library offer our profound thanks. We are proud to work in a building that bears their name.