When Indiana University and Purdue University at Fort Wayne moved to the present campus site in 1964, the two libraries were merged into one collection of 35,000 books and 600 periodical subscriptions. It was located in a second floor wing of Kettler Hall. In 1969 funds were appropriated for a new building, and groundbreaking took place on November 11, 1970. In September 1972 the campus and community moved 100,000 volumes from Kettler Hall to the present building. The library was named and dedicated on September 20, 1977 for Walter E. Helmke, Fort Wayne attorney and active member of the I.U. Board of Trustees and the Indiana-Purdue Foundation at Fort Wayne. Three fund drives have supported the library. In 1969 Richard G. Inskeep and Walter W. Walb co-chaired a fund drive for the Indiana-Purdue Foundation that collected one million dollars for the building. Under the chairmanship of Paule E. Shaffer one million dollars was raised in 1983 for library materials. Again in 198XXXX an endowment was established for the same. In 199XXX a fund drive was successfully mounted that provided funding for materials and renovation of the library which established a Science and Technology Information Center. In 1990 the card catalog became an on-line catalog of the Indiana University Libraries system. The original cost of the building was $4,200,000.
See also Library Book Walk
Source: Walter E. Helmke Library Fact Sheet (1993).