May 18, 2022

Boom! Down Goes the Library: “Stanford Library Known as “UGLI” Gets Levelled”

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Perhaps no building on any college campus has ever been so deserving of its acronym as the undergraduate library (UGLI) at Stanford University.

Put up in the regrettable college architecture era of the 1960s, UGLI, is formally named J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library. But class schedules abbreviated undergraduate library to “UGLI.” So UGLI it was and ugly it is, rising high and stark in the middle of an architectural style that is low and subdued.


In the end it was not seismically safe and was scheduled for demolition that has now come to pass.

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See Also: Demolition Work on Meyer Library (via SUL, Jan. 13, 2015)

See Also: tanford’s Meyer Library to be replaced with landscaped open space (via Stanford Report, Oct. 14, 2014)

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