Did You Fall in Love in Love Library?Many people fall in love during college, but how many people can say they fell in love in Love? That’s what the SDSU Library and Information Access would like to find out—how many people fell in love while visiting the Malcolm A. Love Library.

The Malcolm A. Love Library was named for San Diego State University’s fourth president, Malcolm A. Love, who served from 1952 to 1971. One of the two buildings comprising the Library and Information Access, “Love Library,” as it’s commonly known, was completed in 1971 and now houses many of the library’s book and periodicals collections.

Last year, Love Library celebrated its 40th anniversary. To honor this milestone, people who have “fallen in love in Love Library” are being asked to submit their stories. While some people have tales of finding “true love” in Love Library, the contest doesn’t focus exclusively on romantic love. Stories of friendships made or of “falling in love” with learning, with SDSU, or with the library itself are encouraged.

“The library is the most important learning environment outside of the classroom, but the library is also an essential setting for the social connections students make—connections that can last a lifetime,” said Gale S. Etschmaier, dean of the SDSU Library and Information Access.

The stories will be posted to a special page on the library’s Website, and a winner will be selected by a panel of judges. The winning entry will be announced at a reception held on February 14, 2012, at 6 p.m. in Room LL108 of the SDSU Library. Prizes include romantic dinners-for-two at area restaurants, including 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado. All entrants are invited to the reception, which will feature refreshments, live music, and a magic lantern show at 7 p.m. performed by the American Magic-Lantern Theater. The lantern show, titled “A Victorian Valentine Show,” is in conjunction with the library’s magic lantern exhibit, which is on display in the library’s Donor Hall.

The deadline to submit stories is February 9, 2012. Submissions should be 500 words or less and can be mailed to Found Love, San Diego State University Library, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-8050; emailed to Love.Library.Contest@gmail.com or entered through the Found Love Web page. For more information, please visit the event Web page or the library’s main Website.

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