21st Century Library


Early Years

On June 24, 1968, the library opened as the very first building on the main campus. It housed collections and library staff, campus administrative offices, classrooms, and the university bookstore. At 118,000 square feet it accommodated the needs of the 1,492 full time students enrolled the first year. As enrollment and the campus grew quickly, the building’s use evolved to house library functions only.

In 1984, the library building doubled in size to accommodate the needs of a growing campus. Full time enrollment stood at 9,000 students, and the library’s collection totaled 360,000 volumes. In the following years the university would continue to grow at a rapid pace.

In 1997, with enrollment at 16,617 full time students, the university commissioned a study by the Omni-Group which indicated additional space was needed. In 2004, with enrollment at 23,144, the university began a formal planning process for a second expansion of the library. The services of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture were engaged to conduct a site analysis and building program.

21st Century Library Project

In 2011, Holzman Moss Bottino, together with Turner Construction, finalized conceptual design, cost estimation, and phasing strategy for a total building renovation incorporating a high-density automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), later named the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC). The 21st Century Library Project was underway.

The sketches below are early design renderings. From left to right are the redeveloped north plaza viewed from the Student Union, the expanded second floor interior near the new north entrance and Circulation Desk, and a design for the fourth floor Reading Room atop the ARC.

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