Groundbreaking scheduled Sept. 16 for Library Addition
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Posted: 09/21/1997
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The public is invited to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for the new addition to The University of Texas-Pan American's University Library at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the plaza on the south side of the library building.

"The groundbreaking is a significant event because expansion of the

University Library allows for greater support of the ever-increasing role

of research and scholarship on campus. The library is central to the

pursuit of these activities for faculty and students," said Dr. Elinor

Folger Foster, director of the University Library.

"The library staff, faculty and students are delighted that the

addition is about to become a reality," she said.

Expected speakers at the groundbreaking include UT Pan American

President Miguel Nevárez; Dr. Homer Pena, executive director for South

Texas Program Development, representing The University of Texas System;

Foster; Dr. Kenneth Lee Buckman, assistant professor of philosophy and a

member of the Library Addition Committee, representing the faculty; and

Bradley Altemeyer, a doctoral student in business administration,

representing the students. Representation from the Valley's legislative

delegation also is expected.

Refreshments will be served at a reception in the University

Library Lobby immediately following the groundbreaking. Librarians from

the region and from throughout the UT System also have been invited to


The three-story, 49,000-square-foot addition will be located on the

west side of the current University Library. It will hold the rapidly

growing collection of books, the library's technical service functions,

study areas for library users, and two computer instruction classrooms with

teleconferencing and distance education capabilities.

As these areas move to the addition, it will provide more space in

the existing building for reference materials, periodical holdings and

special collections.

With the books and personnel on the fourth floor of the current

facility moving to the addition, the periodicals section, currently on the

third floor, will expand to both the third and fourth floors. The

processing functions on the second floor - purchasing, receiving and

cataloging - also will move to the new section, leaving room for the

government documents section to move from a separate area on the first

floor to the second floor.

The $7 million addition, to be built by Wilson Construction Co. of

McAllen, was designed by the McAllen architects Ashley, Humphreys and

Sanchez. It is expected to be completed in late 1998.