The opening of the Rose Library in 1998, launched with a major donation of books from the late Diana Bartley, helped establish the Strassler Center as a leading research institute in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Initially conceived as a resource for Holocaust research, the Library's collection gradually broadened to cover genocides around the globe. With more than 9,000 volumes, the existing shelves are full and plans to inaugurate a new wing to accommodate continued growth are moving forward.
To be named The Colin Flug Graduate Study Wing, in recognition of the lead gift contributed by Clark University trustee Dr. Rebecca Colin '89 and her family, the project will include a book annex that will more than double the library's shelving capacity. Envisioned as a new home for student research, the Tobak graduate student offices (funded in memory of Holocaust survivor Henry Tobak) will relocate to the new wing, giving students better access to the resources of the library, including books, videos, a study commons, and the Shoah Visual History Archive.