Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library in Hammond will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The celebration will take place in the library’s first-floor lobby. Door prizes will be given, and light refreshments will be served.

In January of 1966, Congressman James H. Morrison sponsored the library’s designation as a Federal Depository.

Since then, the library has received and made available selected publications from all three branches of the federal government. These publications are accessible by the general public, and the full text of many recent titles can be seen online via links in the library’s catalog.

The celebration will focus on the beginning of each decade of the library’s tenure in the Federal Depository Library Program: 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006 and 2016. Well-known local historian C. Howard Nichols will speak about historic events during those years, and Southeastern Communication Professor Joe Burns will provide an overview of the popular music from each year.

A display of books and government documents highlighting events from those years will be available for viewing throughout April, as will the commemorative plaque awarded to the library by the U.S. Government Publishing Office in recognition of this milestone anniversary.