His name is on the the building and this page. Your library is named for Rev. Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J., College Librarian from 1935-55, and spent more than half his 52 years in the Jesuit order as College Librarian (now called Library Director). Born in Buffalo in 1895, he began his Canisius career just after the library moved from its original home in a second-floor classroom of Old Main to the first floor. Up until then, Jesuits had been living in those first floor rooms. They were relocated to the 3rd and 4th floors while Fr.Bouwhuis made order out of chaos. He had "space limitations, no staff, poor furnishings, and non-existent procedures of opertation." He was intent on making the library the focal point of campus life. One of his decisions ---to hire female staff ...undoubtedly helped. Canisius was still an all-male college.
Father Bouwhuis died in 1967. When this building was rededicated in his memory in 1968, the late Rev. James M. Demske, 22nd president of the College, said, "He was the pattern of a great librarian... Fr. Bouwhuis was a lover of books, but he was no recluse...his love of libraries was in no way inconsistant with his love of people. He loved books precisely because he loved people." At the ceremony, the librarians were asked to consider the need of contributions from electronic media as part of education. We've considered. And as you read here, we continue to follow that suggestion. For more information on Canisius History visit the College Archives on the Library's 2nd floor, or click on:http://www.canisius.edu/archives/