In 2012, the University of Georgia opened a new facility for its three Special Collections Libraries—Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, and Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies—which are departments of the University of Georgia Libraries. A $46 million project, the University Libraries raised one-third of the total cost privately, and the Richard B. Russell Foundation contributed the lead gift. The 115,000 square foot building features an integrated security system, customized climate control, galleries for exhibits, classrooms for archival-centered instruction and learning, and space for lectures and other special events. This facility also boasts space for the rapid growth of collections, a state-of-the-art conservation environment, and constantly expanding programming in a vibrant, university setting.