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For more than 20 years, the “Hanging Discus” sculpture in Love Library had been, well, hanging…silently…motionlessly…collecting dust. However, if you worked or attended school here in the 1970s or 1980s, you might remember that the sculpture actually moved. That’s right, some of the 17 aluminum discs that compose the sculpture rotate. And now they do again.

“Hanging Discus” was created by George Baker of Altadena, California. It was designed for Love Library and was installed in the central staircase in November 1973. The sculpture hangs 50 feet down the stairwell, and some of its discs are 8 feet in diameter. A single motor mounted above spins the main shaft,discus5 while various discs mounted on ball bearings are free to spin independently.

Thanks to some recent repair work, the sculpture moves again! “Hanging Discus” does its thing between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Watch a short video of it in action on the library’s Facebook page.


Very few libraries possess every article, book, or CD your research requires. However, that doesn’t change the fact that you need those resources for your work. If you search the SDSU Library’s catalog and can’t locate the material you need, try our Interlibrary Loan. Briefly:

  • Circuit is the fastest way to borrow a book from a participating institution (UCSD, USD, SCU San Marcos, San Diego County Libraries, and San Diego Public). Books are generally available for pickup at the Circulation Desk within 1-2 days.
  • WorldCat can locate books for you that aren’t available at the SDSU Library or through Circuit. WorldCat is a catalog that indexes thousands of library materials worldwide and allows you to request a book using Interlibrary Loan.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is able to acquire a much broader range of materials. When you submit an Interlibrary Loan request, an ILL staff member will perform an in-depth search of library catalogs worldwide to locate the item you need.

You can learn more about borrowing books on ILL’s FAQ page.  You will need to set up a free account to use our borrowing services.

Daily Aztec

When the planes hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, U.S. newspapers had already printed and distributed their morning copies. Some newspapers included the headlines in their evening edition, but those with a single daily printing, like The Daily Aztec, carried the tragic news in the following day’s paper.

It’s interesting to take a look back and see how The Daily Aztec covered momentous events, such as 9/11 and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.newspaper2 In years past, copies of The Daily Aztec were bound in large, heavy volumes, which made it cumbersome to search for your item of interest. Now, the library has The Daily Aztec online…in all its incarnations (it was previously called The Aztec, Normal News Weekly, and The Paper Lantern). The issues date from now back to November 26, 1913, when it was called Normal News Weekly.

SDSU Student Newspapers” are one of the many digital collections featured on Special Collections and University Archives’ Website. The online newspapers are in PDF format, which means you won’t have ink rub off on your fingers!

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