History of the John Peace Library
"I said that what I wanted to do was take four football fields and stack them on top of each other. … And this one here (at UTSA) was a prize jewel."
Arleigh B. Templeton, former UTSA President
The John Peace Library opened to students on June 2, 1976.
San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford designed the building, which was completed in late 1975 at a total cost of $10,120,489.
At the time the building was completed, it was the largest building at 225,891 square feet on The University of Texas at San Antonio campus. It housed 350,000 volumes — 200,000 of them on microfilm — and had study space available to accommodate about 1,300 students.
The University of Texas Board of Regents officially dedicated the building Dec. 13, 1974 in honor of the late John Peace, a noted San Antonio lawyer who was instrumental in establishing UTSA.
Mr. Peace also donated his collection of the early Texana books and manuscripts to the UTSA Special Collections in 1973.