Thursday, July 19, 2012

Who was Simon Schwob?


Simon Schwob (1886 - 1954), a Columbus industrialist and philanthropist was a strong supporter of the movement to establish a college in Columbus. He was also concerned with charitable and religious activities in the Columbus community. In line with Schwob's interests, the Simon Schwob Foundation was incorporated in 1949 as a religious, charitable, and educational foundation.

Columbus State University began as Columbus College in September of 1958. The Columbus College Library opened in the fall of 1959. The Columbus College Library became the Simon Schwob Memorial Library in 1973.

Construction for a new library was planned. The new Simon Schwob Memorial Library opened in March of 1975. The 85,000 square foot facility cost $2.5 million.

The Library is currently undergoing renovations. The renovations will modernize library services. The Simon Schwob Memorial Library continues its commitment to providing CSU Students and Faculty, as well as the Columbus community, the very best the Library has to offer.

Thirty-seven years after the portrait of Simon Schwob was placed in the newly constructed Library, Mr. Schwob continues to inspire. He's been recently spotted sporting a Google ChromeBook (see photo). Have you tried a Google Chromebook yet?

Source: CSU Archives

Guest Blogger: Simone

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