August 1, 1990
On this day, IUPUI and IU administrators and local dignitaries celebrated the groundbreaking for a new IUPUI University Library. University president Thomas Ehrlich presided over the event. Also present were Indiana governor Evan Bayh, Indianapolis mayor William Hudnut, and Purdue University president Steven C. Beering (formerly dean of the IU School of Medicine). Displays showed guests how the new University Library's electronic infrastructures would improve faculty research and student learning.
The event was the culmination of years of effort. IUPUI leaders had worked diligently to improve library services at IUPUI. A better library was a central theme in a key campus planning document, "The IUPUI Development Plan: 1988-2000," which staked out the need: "the current library was inadequate before it ever opened." IUPUI chancellor Gerald L. Bepko had made better library resources a top priority of his plans from the start of his tenure in 1986. At the groundbreaking, he said: "This will be a day to celebrate for all our nearly 27,000 students and more than 2,000 full- and part-time faculty members."
After years of construction, the new University Library opened in August 1993. Today, it serves as a model of technological innovation devoted to serving the information needs of faculty, staff, students, and community.
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