Appeal marks library's 75th birthday
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of a University of Adelaide icon - the Barr Smith Library.
Opened in 1932 and named in recognition of the generosity of Robert Barr Smith, the Barr Smith Library building has been a centre of student life, a major academic facility, and a resource used by the community for 75 years.
Today, the Library has grown to employ more than 100 equivalent full-time staff, encompass more than two million items, and loan 500,000 items every year.
"The 75th anniversary of the opening of the Library is an important milestone and a fitting time to reflect on the enormous benefit that the Library has afforded generations of staff, students and the wider community," said University Librarian Ray Choate.
"The Library has seen many changes over the years - from the computerisation of its enormous card catalogue, to the addition of building extensions and major collections - but one thing has remained the same: the enormous benefit it has provided to both the University community and the public.
"As the Barr Smith Library celebrates 75 years, it is also a time to think about the future. It is with this in mind that the Barr Smith Library Appeal will again be held in 2007. It is our duty and privilege to ensure that the Barr Smith Library continues its tradition of service for future generations," Mr Choate said.
The 2006 Appeal added 500 titles to the Library that would not otherwise have been acquired. Mr Choate said the funds from this year's Appeal would help to ensure that the Library's collections remained up to date.
"The 2007 Appeal, starting in April, will contribute to the breadth of collections in areas where current reading is expected to maintain general knowledge and to the purchase of expensive specialised titles, enhancing the Library's research resource capability. I ask that you donate to the 2007 Appeal."
For more information about the Barr Smith Library Appeal, please contact Helen Paul, Development and Alumni, on (08) 8303 4275.
Story by Lana Guineay