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William H. Hannon Library's Resources Are a Trove for Researchers

Serious researchers and casual visitors can both find reasons to visit the William H. Hannon Library on Loyola Marymount University’s campus. Scholars, amateur researchers and book lovers will discover that the Hannon Library’s extensive resources will meet, and often exceed, their expectations.

Jamie Hazlitt, outreach librarian“We have so much to offer,” said Jamie Hazlitt, outreach librarian at the Hannon Library. “Most of our events are open to the public, but visitors are also welcome to come in, use our collections, get research help or just look around.” During the academic year, the library is host to dozens of public events, including talks and book signings by authors, film screenings and exhibits. 

“We get a lot of fascinating requests,” said Cynthia Becht, head of the Archives and Special Collections. Researchers on a wide variety of topics can find the information they are seeking, such as the one who was investigating a 19th-century diving suit. Useful details were found in the Daniel Freeman Family Papers, in the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles Collection. Or the query from a descendant of Sir Thomas More; he found a genealogical connection in the Leonard William Longstaff St. Thomas More Collection at the library.

And then there are the questions about “Planet of the Apes.” Producer Arthur P. Jacobs’ archives, which are housed at LMU, are more extensive than most film executives’ papers and offer a lot of background information about the popular movie series. Jacobs was also the last agent to represent Marilyn Monroe, and his documents offer insights into the last years of her career, too.

University neighbors from Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista may apply for a free visitor’s card, which allows after-hours access. Borrowing privileges may be purchased by anyone for an annual fee of $300; the fee is discounted to $100 for LMU alumni.

The welcome mat is out at the Hannon Library. In addition to spectacular views from the bluff-top building, or refreshments at the Jazzman’s Café, there is a wealth of resources to take in. For more information, visit the library website at http://library.lmu.edu/, or bookmark the Library News Blog to be kept up to date  on news and events.

Posted on May 31, 2010