Before Zimmerman

Before

The first library is in a single room in Hodgin Hall. From 1926 to 1936 the library occupies what is now known as the Art Annex.


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Zimmerman at 1930s

1930s

The first library building is drastically over full. Architect John Gaw Meem designs the new library which opens on April 1 1938 and has remained in continuous use since that day.


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Zimmerman at 1940s

1940s

Librarian Wilma Loy Shelton actively collects materials on the Southwest and Latin America creating the basis for our world class Latin American collections.


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Zimmerman at 1950s

1950s

Library collections continue to grow along with the student population. By the end of the decade the library building is no longer adequate for the needs of the University.


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Zimmerman at 1960s

1960s

Zimmerman Library is named for late president James F. Zimmerman. The first major addition is completed and fine arts and business materials are moved into separate libraries.


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Zimmerman at 1970s

1970s

The process of automating the library is begun with the introduction of an automatic bookkeeping and acquisition system and a second expansion to the library is completed.


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Zimmerman at 1980s

1980s

The library acquires its one-millionth volume and science and engineering materials are moved to a new library in the engineering complex.


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Zimmerman at 1990s

1990s

Construction of an underground addition is completed and the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections is created.


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Zimmerman at 2000s

2000s

A fire in the basement in April 2006 destroys a large part of the periodical collections. Although the building reopens in the fall, it takes two years for all the remodeling work to be completed.


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Zimmerman at Present

Today

Zimmerman Library remains a busy center for study and collaboration attracting 1.5 million visits a year and is regularly voted the most popular place to study in Daily Lobo surveys.


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Anniversary Events
Homecoming Week
September 23-28, 2013

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Zimmerman@75:
The Campus Heart
Documentary
Film Premiere

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Thursday 9.26, 6 pm
Followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers, historians & architects.

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Architectural
Tours
Wednesday 9.25, 10 am
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Saturday 9.28, 1 pm

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Anniversary
Party
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Exhibitions
9.1 - 12.15
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