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IBIC closes its doors after 24 years

Last year, Arizona State University announced plans to relocate the Thunderbird School of Global Management to its Downtown Phoenix campus – further embedding Thunderbird and its iconic graduate programs into the ASU community.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Thunderbird to broaden its mission and have an even greater impact on students and the businesses and organizations with which the school partners,” said Allen Morrison, CEO and director general of Thunderbird, in a story published Dec. 12, 2017 in ASU Now.

Thunderbird’s move, now underway, is an exciting new chapter for ASU; however, it brings with it a bittersweet ending for ASU Library employees who worked out of the campus library: the International Business Information Centre, known fondly to its staff and patrons as “IBIC.”

On May 9, the IBIC Library closed its doors on the Thunderbird campus after 24 years of serving the campus community as a "favorite spot" to explore, work and come together. Staff and student workers from IBIC have since relocated to Fletcher Library on the West campus.

“As operations wind down at the IBIC, I feel so fortunate to have worked in a place I truly enjoyed coming to each day,” said Allison Leaming, ASU librarian, in the library’s Engagement and Learning Services department. “The IBIC was always welcoming – filled with clever, cheerful students and friends. When I think back on my time here, what really makes me stop and think ‘How lucky am I?’ are the amazing people that have surrounded me through the years. There have been so many changes, but one constant is the wonderful staff family that made the IBIC the best place to work, and a favorite spot for the Thunderbird community to gather, work and learn. I will cherish my IBIC memories and look forward to embracing new adventures.”

ASU Archivist Shannon Walker, who began working at IBIC in July of 2010, says she has many happy memories of her time there.

“From the very first time I entered the building, and every day since, I have been struck by the unique architecture, incredible natural light and amazing art collections,” said Walker. “It has been a pleasure working in this building for the past eight years. We have enjoyed many memories here, as library staff and in our interactions with Thunderbird students, staff, faculty, alumni and many honored guests. It will be sad to see the doors close, but we know it is just the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. We look forward to new opportunities on Thunderbird’s horizon!”

According to Christina Peck, Learning Services Manager for ASU Library, IBIC will have a small service point in the Arizona Center once Thunderbird has finished its relocation downtown this summer, in preparation for the Fall 2018 semester.