Perkins Library

Perkins Library to celebrate its 50th birthday

Call it the library that Kool-Aid built.

In August 1960, Edwin E. Perkins, the inventor of the iconic soft drink first produced in Hastings, Neb., and his wife, Kathryn, approached Hastings College about donating a library to the college. Completed and dedicated three years later at the 1963 Hastings College Commencement Exercises, Perkins Library still serves the college’s demands, albeit through much different means.