“Let this Common Library be always a place where Your Glory will dwell,” Patrick LaBelle, O.P., prayed at the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the building on June 24, 1979.

The Board of Trustees decided to split the construction of the library into two phases. Phase 1 built the mechanical and storage for the facility and one level for the library and staff. Phase 2 added another library floor and a floor for administration.