Larry Dahl announces retirement

February 4, 2020
Brian Kerrick
Larry Dahl

This week, Larry Dahl announced he will retire at the end of February culminating an impressive 47-year legacy with the Stanford Libraries. Larry, or “Stackman” as he is affectionately known, first set foot on campus in 1973 as a graduate student studying Chemistry. While working towards his Ph.D., he wrote two major publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics. At the end of 1980, he began working with the Stanford Libraries as an hourly student worker where he was one of the book movers who moved collections into the newly completed East Wing of Green Library. After a four-month vacation, Larry then returned in September of 1981 to start work in the Stanford Libraries’ Stacks Division as the Auxiliary Page in Building 160 (the original Law Library). At the time, he ironically asked to take his employment one week at a time since he was only looking for a short-term position. But after ten years of that employment, in the Fall of 1991, Larry was promoted to the Head of Stacks where he continued to fine-tune his mathematical approach to shelving design and collection moves for another decade. He continued his work in Stacks until 2001 at which time he officially joined Facilities Services & Planning after having served in a joint appointment with Access Services from 1998-2000.

Most recently, as the Facilities Specialist for Design & Space Planning, Larry has provided tremendous influence on library design standards, and was the go-to professional for library shelving organization and collection relocations. Always a keen eye for detail, Larry famously knew his numbers down to the decimal on any measurement for any collection and provided careful guidance to those executing his plans.

Please join us as we celebrate Larry’s achievements in the Bender Room on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM.


Brian Kerrick

Brian Kerrick

Senior Associate Director for Facilities Services & Planning