With light-filled windows that overlook Dunn's Woods in the historic Old Crescent, the library effectively functions as the heart of the IU Maurer School of Law.
It's one of the first places first-year students visit. It's where they spend hours poring over their studies. And it's where they celebrate graduation, professors and parents alike mingling over the strains of a live band, the circulation desk transformed into a bar.
Over the past four decades, one woman has been instrumental in helping the law library grow from a cramped spot with books piled haphazardly on the floor into a soaring six-story space that is home to reference books, online databases, vital legal resources and quiet spots for reading.
At the same time, director Linda Fariss has seen her library, her school, her campus unhesitatingly open its arms to women, welcoming them as administrators, as professors, as staffers, as students.
"As a librarian, I work in a female-dominated profession, but as a lawyer, I work in a male-dominated profession. Things have changed tremendously, however, in the years I've been here," she said. "When I first came here, I think there were only one or two female faculty members in the whole law school, and the student body was predominately male as well. But it's almost hard to remember that time now, I'm happy to say."