Hodges Library is 30 Years Old — Let’s Celebrate!
September 25, 2017

[lead]Two Thousand Seventeen marks the thirtieth anniversary of the John C. Hodges Library. Join us October 23 to celebrate.[/lead]

[lead]We’ll begin our celebration with a Street Fair in the Commons.[/lead] From 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, October 23, “Main Street” in the open-space Commons on the second floor of Hodges Library will host “retro” arcade games, a radio broadcast — and 1,000 orange-and-white cupcakes! Guests who are willing to test their knowledge of the library at one of the carnival booths can pick up tickets for a drawing.

A reception and remarks will follow at 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor galleria outside Special Collections. The adjacent Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area will unveil new displays including the original architects’ model for Hodges Library and a pictorial retrospective of “UT Then & Now.” Both the Street Fair and the reception are free and open to all.

Do your eyes deceive you?

No, this is how Hodges Library looked in the ’70s and early ’80s, viewed from McClung Plaza. The John C. Hodges Library in its present incarnation, the familiar ziggurat-shaped building, is an expansion of this earlier building of the same name.

The new expansion essentially wrapped around the core of the older building and more than tripled the library’s square footage. The new, expanded John C. Hodges Library opened in September 1987.