From the University of Wyoming News:
It’s been a little more than two years since the opening of the major addition and renovation of the University of Wyoming’s William Robertson Coe Library. During that time, the library has continued to grow in its collections and use by UW students, faculty and staff.
The addition and renovation of Coe Library involved more than 281,000 square feet and includes 20 group-study rooms and 180 computer terminals. Located east of the existing library, the 94,500-square-foot addition is designed to shelve a capacity of 1.4 million books.
[Maggie Farrell, UW Libraries dean] says the libraries anticipate adding approximately 24,000 to 60,000 books to the collection annually and significantly increasing electronic book collections. In addition, the library will add new electronic journals to meet the teaching and research needs of the university.
In planning to expand the collections, UW Libraries continue to pursue membership in the Great Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 32 research libraries in the Midwest and West. Membership is a hallmark of quality for research collections.
“One of the benchmarks a research library must meet is the size of collection. Smaller universities with GWLA membership have collections of about two million volumes; larger universities have more,” Farrell says.
Currently, UW has about 1.5 million volumes, and the university is seeking additional collection funding to provide teaching and research tools comparable to those at other research universities.
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