Renovated V.E. Petrucci Library houses rare grape and wine books

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Renovated V.E. Petrucci Library houses rare grape and wine books

Rare and important titles in the history of the grape and wine industries in California will be among the attractions of the renovated V.E. Petrucci Library at Fresno State when it holds a public open house from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Located in the Viticulture and Enology Research Center on the north side of the campus (2360 E. Barstow Ave.), the library’s renovation updated the facilities and resources for students, researchers and professionals in the grape and wine industries.

“Information is a critical commodity in today’s world and the mission of the V.E. Petrucci Library is to ensure that our patrons have all the tools they need to work towards the advancement of our discipline,” said Petrucci librarian Britt Foster.

Endowed in 1996, the V.E. Petrucci Library serves individuals both on and off campus who are interested in the grape, wine, and raisin industries.

It is named for Vincent E. Petrucci, considered the father of the viticulture and enology programs at Fresno State. He taught at Fresno State from 1948 to 1993, helping establish the programs as well as the Viticulture and Enology Research Center that houses the Petrucci Library. Since retiring, Petrucci has published numerous papers and books detailing wine and grape growing.

The renovation was made possible by Department of Viticulture and Enology in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and the Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association, which funds the V.E. Petrucci Library. Enhancements include a new information desk, soft seating to encourage social and group learning, and a circulating collection which allows patrons to check out titles from the library.

At the open house, the library’s new furniture will be on display along with informational signs on the collection, services, and resources available at the library.

Other public fundraiser support comes through a book drive and 5K run during Vintage Days in the spring.

For more information contact Foster at 559.278.5388 or brfoster@csufresno.edu.

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