has been the collective vision of the University to
build the academic quality of this institution and improve
the learning environment on campus," USA President
Gordon Moulton said. "The library project illustrates
the realization of that vision, and we will continue
to work to enhance the academic missions of USA faculty
$9.4 million renovation and expansion project adds 53,000
square feet to the existing library, and a wealth of
new resources that will greatly enrich learning and
research opportunities. This is the first major renovation
of the library since it opened 35 years ago in 1968.
funding from both state and University bond issues,
Dean of University Libraries Dr. Richard Wood worked
with The Architectural Group of Mobile to renovate the
library and design a new north wing. The project, managed
by Doster Construction Company, nearly doubled library
addition to physical improvements, the University Libraries
have infused more than $2 million in additional funding
over the past three years for collection purchases.
This is above and beyond a 30 percent increase in the
library's operating budget over five years ago. Last
year, the library was able to fill every request for
books submitted by USA faculty.
is an exciting time, not only because of the events
surrounding the dedication of the library but also because
this is the culmination of the work of so many,"
Wood said. "The efforts of faculty, staff and construction
personnel have created a modern, state-of-the-art facility
that provides the very latest in technology, resources
and services. The library is a source of pride for the
whole University community."
new features of the USA Library include:
faculty development center
training center with multimedia workstations
study rooms with Internet connection
a part of the library dedication activities, Groom will
sign copies of his books at 4:30 p.m. The Mobile native
is the author of 12 books, including "Forrest Gump,"
"Gump & Co.," "Better Times Than
These," the award-winning "As Summers Die,"
"Gone the Sun," "Only," "Such
a Pretty, Pretty Girl," prize-winning "Shrouds
of Glory," "A Storm in Flanders," "The
Crimson Tide," and a recently finished novel, "El
is also the co-author of "Conversations with the
Enemy," a non-fiction account of the experience
of an American prisoner of war in Vietnam, which was
nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
books are available for purchase at the University Bookstore.
For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations