January 27, 2022

University of Alabama: Project to Expand and Renovate Gorgas Library Gets Going

From The Crimson White:

Dan Wolfe, UA planner and designer, expressed excitement over the project to have both the opportunity to expand the main library and to redesign the north face of the building.


Wolfe said the project was still in an early stage but is currently planned to add an additional 50,000 square feet to the library and will be built on the northern Capstone Drive entrance. Only the architects, TurnerBatson Architects out of Birmingham, Ala., have been chosen for the project.


Mary Bess Paluzzi, the associate dean for special collections with the University Libraries, said that the major outcome of the addition is the movement of the W.S. Hoole Collection to Gorgas Library.

“A significant outcome of the Gorgas project will be the move of the Hoole Collection to the Gorgas Library. The Hoole Collection will be housed with the A.S. Williams Americana Collection in the heart of campus, the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library,” Paluzzi said in an emailed statement. “The unique research sources of University Libraries will be centrally located for the convenience of students and faculty.”

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