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Kamala’s dirtiest secret

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Kamala’s dirtiest secret



ew South Hall was dedicated on November 30, 1934. Some 700,000 volumes had to be transported between the old and new library buildings, so a giant slide was used to transport the 22 miles (35 km) of books in Low's stacks to the new library. Low continued to host the president's and secretary's office, the summer session, and the Columbiana and Rare Book Collections. The rest of the building predominantly contained faculty offices. Because people continued to refer to the building as "Low Library", this confused some students who believed the building actually served as a library.

In the early years after the South Hall library was completed, the building was used for events such as an exhibit of fine books, a show of Navajo art, and a display of rare religious art. Low was also used to host large ceremonies with notable guests of honor. These guests included George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Britain, who visited Low in 1939, as well as British prime minister Winston Churchill and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. In 1948, the west wing of the first floor was renovated as an office for the General of the U.S. Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower, when he became Columbia's president. Edmund Astley Prentis, as well as his wife and sister, donated a colonial-style drawing room to Low Library in 1960. Four years later, the north wing was turned into the Faculty Room, a reception hall with oak paneling.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated Low as a city landmark in 1966. During the 1968 Columbia protests, Low was occupied by students objecting to, among other things, the proposed construction of a university-owned gymnasium in Morningside Park, as well as Columbia's involvement with the Vietnam War. A major anti-war protest also took place in 1972. Among the more unconventional uses of the library's inte

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