The library supporting the fledgling institution, Indiana State University at Evansville in September 1965, consisted of two small classrooms on the second floor of the Centennial School Building.
After years of planning, the University of Southern Indiana broke ground for a new $28,000,000 library on June 1, 2004. Growing from a two-room classroom, to one of the largest buildings on USI's campus, the 4 floors of the building contain multiple resources in many formats along with a knowledgeable staff.
The David L. Rice Library supports the mission of the University of Southern Indiana by assisting the instruction and research efforts of the university's students and faculty through the provision of appropriate collections and services. See "History of Rice Library" for more details.