The first Yakima Valley College Library consisted of an informal collection of books which were primarily personal copies donated by faculty members and other individuals within the community, including Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Schroeder and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Crisler of Wapato. In addition, Chapter P of P.E.O. gave annual gifts of $21.
Several events made it possible to consider establishing an enlarged campus including an excellent library. Two large donations of $4,500 each were made to YVC, one from the Carnegie Foundation–the only such gift to a college library in the northwest, and one from the Yakima Lions Club. Mrs. A. E. Larson and her son, Shirley Parker, donated 10 acres; a grant from A. E. Larson’s will provided $113,000, and a $500 pledge from the Optimist Club laid the groundwork for building the campus at 16th Avenue and Lennox (now Nob Hill Boulevard). A library was established in the round building located in the middle of the campus. It was later named Palmer Hall after the late Frank Palmer. That building was razed in 2017 to make way for the campus’s central plaza.
Slowly the periodical list grew and more books were added. As the collection and student body grew, a large building was needed. On May 8, 1967, Raymond Library was completed and dedicated in memory of the late Mrs. Jean (Fred M.) Raymond.
The new library contained 27,487 square feet and included much more than texts. The Raymond Library windows are often mistaken for an Indian design, but are in fact the “lamps of learning.” They are patterned after the “Betty Lamp” which was an oil lantern used before electricity. The purpose of the design was threefold–to emulate the lamp of education, to provide just enough window space to prevent claustrophobia, and to prevent large amounts of light from falling on manuscripts.
In 2008 the building was totally remodeled and an additional area was added to the front to provide study space, comfortable seating, and an open vista of the campus. At that time the building was rededicated as Raymond Hall and continues to house Raymond Library.