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The Olin Library was the last work of one of Florida's most highly respected architects, James Gamble Rogers II. Rogers also designed the Florida Supreme Court Building, the State Office Building, and the Florida A&M University hospital in Tallahassee, as well as buildings across the U.S. and at NASA tracking stations and military installations. He was the architect of seven other buildings at Rollins as well as a campus master plan.
The Olin Library was dedicated as the kick-off of the College's centennial celebration in 1985, and it has remained the intellectual center of the campus. In 1998, the addition of the Olin Electronic Research and Information Center, designed by Rogers' son's firm to provide expanded space for archives and special collections and incorporate up-to-date information technology into the library, was integrated seamlessly into the existing architecture of the building.