Over the past 200 years, the University of Georgia Libraries has enjoyed great success in acquiring and preserving documents, books, political papers, audio and video recordings, and other original materials. This body of knowledge, which currently exceeds 4.5 million volumes and over 6 million microform items, and contains the most extensive collection of Georgia history, provides insight into the origins and development of this state, region, and nation.
As a result, the Libraries' special collections areas - the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies - are overflowing with rare and irreplaceable treasures. Researchers, scholars, and others who are involved in primary research come from around the globe to delve into these historic resources. Plans are underway to relocate these rare items to a new home. This remarkable building will provide sufficient space for the rapid growth of the collections, a state-of-the-art preservation environment, and for continually expanding programming in UGA's dynamic university setting.
The site of this 3-level building is a triangular enclave bounded by Hull Street, Florida Avenue, and Waddell Street. The architects of record are Collins, Cooper and Carusi of Atlanta.
- Approximately 110,000 square feet and a central, shared space that will be used for special exhibits and public receptions. The three individual special collection libraries each face this lobby area. Separate interior entrances further lend a unique identity to each library.
- A shared auditorium with seating for 170 is centrally located and is the site of lectures and presentations related to the holdings in the building. The auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art technology specially tailored to the needs of the three collections.
- Storage adequate for 40 years’ growth.
- To support instruction, classroom space for lectures, reading rooms and reference areas are abundant.
- Also included are dedicated preservation laboratories that are directed by specialists in each field.
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