July 6, 1993
On a hot summer day in 1993, over 500 volunteers helped transfer books from the old IUPUI Library-now Taylor Hall- into the current University Library building. After this initial book brigade finished their work, a professional moving company finished the task of moving all of the books, periodicals, and microforms from the old library, as well as holdings of the Science and Engineering Library formerly located at the 38th Street campus, into the new University Library.
IUPUI received generous support in building the new library from both the private and public sectors. Lilly Endowment Inc. contributed $12 million to the $32 million dollar project. University Library officially opened on July 19, 1993 and incorporated the latest technology for getting scholarly information into the hands of faculty, students, staff, and members of the community. UL continues to be an innovative leader in information technology in higher education.
The construction of University Library was a central element in a long-term plan to build a major institution of higher learning in Indianapolis.
For more information on IUPUI's history of innovation, contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org.