On Carleton’s tenth birthday, the school received a gift unlike any other—the power to grant degrees. With the College’s official academic authority secured, the campus, the school, and the student body began to change. As Carleton gained academic respectability, it also gained some resources.
In 1951, Carleton’s library moves from its spot at the top of the main Glebe Campus building at First Avenue to its new premises just south on the same block. The Second Avenue building was a small one-storey structure with windows placed high up on its walls, and a connection to the main building by a passageway. Designed to house 50,000 volumes and 200 seats, the new library gives Carleton an accessible and visible space for scholarship and a sense of vitality.
As Carleton adds resources like the library building, the school starts making big decisions—including the purchase of a large plot of land that’s squeezed between the Rideau River and the Canal. By the end of the decade, Carleton College was officially declared Carleton University, and the big move to the new Rideau River Campus was already underway.