In 1986, Dr. D.J. and Grace Putnam donated a portion of a building on Jefferson Avenue to the West Plains campus. The property included 3,696 square feet of floor space and an adjoining lot. The building was renovated to house the campus bookstore and a student union.
In 1993, SMSU-West Plains acquired the property attached to the Putnam Building. This additional property allowed for expansion as student traffic moved toward Central Hall and the new Garnett Library.