Brandeis helps to create the Boston Library Consortium (1970)

Concern over the high cost of publications and the availability of research materials for graduate students lead the deans of graduate schools and the library directors from five local colleges and universities to form the Boston Library Consortium. Brandeis is one of the founders, along with Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University and the Boston Public Library. The BLC promotes cooperation among all members (in 1997, there are 16 members) in building research collections and in making resources more readily available to area students and scholars.

Libraries receive the Vito Volterra collection in the History of Science (1981)

In 1981 Bern Dibner gifted the Libraries with the Vito Volterra collection in the History of Science, a collection of rare books and documents valued over $1 million.

Farber Library opens (1983)

 architect's sketch for the Farber Library with large type at top: the Brandeis Libraries.  Below the picture in smaller type it says: A new plan for growth.The Leonard L. Farber Library, new home of the undergraduate study area, opened in 1983. Library collections now total 747,848 volumes.

First automated library system implemented (1984)

In 1984, the Libraries implemented their first library automation system using GEAC software.

Baldwin Shakespeare Collection added (1984)

Also in 1984, the Libraries acquired the Shakespeare collection of Thomas Baldwin, a noted American Shakespearean scholar. The collection includes all important editions published after the folios, including the first edition of Shakespeare's works published in the United States.

Libraries become a founding member of the Judaica and Middle Eastern Studies program of the Research Libraries Group. (1986)

In 1986 the Brandeis Libraries helped establish the Judaica and Middle Eastern Studies program (JAMES) of the Research Libraries Group, a national consortium of research libraries. Brandeis remains instrumental in establishing cataloging records for Hebrew materials.

Libraries receive major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education (1988)

In 1988 the Libraries received a challenge grant of $800,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities as the first step in creating an endowment for collections in the humanities. In 1993 the challenge grant was completed, and an endowment of $3.2 million was established for library collections in the humanities. Also in 1988 the Libraries received a grant of $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to catalog the Vito Volterra History of Science collection--successfully competing for scarce grant funds with several larger research organizations.

The Intercultural Library opens (1989)

Front page of the Intercultural Library News, with byline: Dedicated to promoting the understanding of cultural diversity. The headlines for the two front page articles are: "What is the Intercultural Library?" and "What resources does the library have?"The first Intercultural Library, with a collection dedicated to multicultural issues and information, opened in the Morton J. May Memorial Hall in 1989. In 1992, the Intercultural Library was moved to the Intercultural Center in the Swig building.