"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
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.