Gresham Library

Gresham Library
1800 Bobby K. Marks Drive
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1968 Constructed
1985 Renamed
2003 Renovations
2003-04 Archives moves to 4th floor


Newton Gresham


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Gresham Library

A 1959 aerial photograph of the land east of the Frels Building (top right), a decade before the university’s expansion.

Gresham Library

A view of the library building looking west from the parking lot (yes, it's the rear entrance).

Gresham Library

Inside the western entrance is the dedication plaque.

The Gresham Library (more commonly, the Newton Gresham Library, or NGL) is a four-story building on the eastern edge of campus between the Teacher Education Center and University Theater Center.

During the late-1960s the need for additional space pushed the borders of the university eastward across Avenue I where three new buildings, including the University Library, were constructed. This is the third library on campus, built to control the overflowing Estill Library, and today contains over 1.3 Million books, periodicals, and other documents in various formats.

On the library's fourth floor is the Thomason Room, a walnut-paneled room that contains the university's special collections, incuding rare books on special subjects, the Criminal Justice Special Collection, and the drawings and manuscripts of John. W. Thomason, Jr., for whom the room was named.

Following the opening of AB4, and the relocation of the Department of Library Science, the library's first, third, and fourth floors were remodeled in 2003 to provide additional space for offices, conference rooms, and collection areas.  As part of this consolidation, university archives moved to the fourth floor from the Peabody building.

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