was a wide-eyed 19-year-old when Cal State Northridge was just beginning construction on its main library in 1971.
For two years, she
passed the site every day on her
way to class wondering if it would ever be completed.It opened in 1973--and it has practically been her
second home ever since.The self-avowed bookworm joined the library staff after graduation.
So when the 1994 earthquake all but destroyed the university's central hub of intellectual activity, Ventuleth
When we walked in the next day, it was all dark except for a shaft of light coming from a hole in the ceiling, said Ventuleth
, director of development for the Delmar T. Oviatt Library.The books had fallen down into piles taller than me. A million books on the floor..
The library's main section had just undergone major structural redevelopment in 1990, and there was talk of razing the entire building--"damage was that bad, Ventuleth said.
It was all too much to handle, she
said.We all wondered if it would ever open again..