The unit that was to become the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center was founded in 1965 as the KU Language Laboratories. It was established by Ermal Garinger, its first Director, in the Blake Hall annex, where it remained throughout the demolition of old Blake Hall and the construction of the current building. In 1973, the KU Language Laboratories moved into a custom-built, state-of-the-art facility in the newly constructed Wescoe Hall. The new facility featured closed-circuit television and centralized audio consoles that allowed the Laboratories to send out audio and video throughout the fourth floor of the building. With the rise of VHS and the Walkman in the early 1980s, the demand for audio/video resources quickly spread from the foreign language departments to other departments within Humanities division of CLAS. That increased mission was recognized formally in 1987, when the unit was renamed the Academic Resource Center on the occasion of the retirement of Ermal Garinger, who had directed the unit for 22 years. As EGARC moves beyond the 50th anniversary of its establishement at KU, the unit maintains its original focus on helping students and faculty integrate technology into their academic study.